Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Christos Karampatsos


Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno, Greece

Personal Information                                                      

Institutional Address:    130 Nikiforou Foka str., P.O. Box 119, GR 741 32, Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

Personal Telephone:     (+30)2108620905         Mobile: (+30)6971540519

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January 2013 – August 2016, PhD

Dissertation title: From the Automobile as an ‘Adventure Machine’ to the ‘Notorious Machinery’ of the Cigarette Making Industry: Crucial Episodes from the History of Technology in Greece, 1900-1920.

Fields: History of Technology / Social History / Labour History / Environmental History

Advising committee: Emeritus professor Kostas Gavroglu (supervisor); associate professor Aristotle Tympas, emeritus professor Mihalis Asimakopoulos (members)

Faculty: Division of History of Science and Technology, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

July 2001 – June 2003, MA

Programme: Master of Arts in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

Thesis title: Thoughts and Techniques Concerning Labour, 1880-1930: Fordism, Taylorism, Mass Production.

Supervisors: Dr. Aristotle Tympas

Division of History of Science and Technology, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

September 1992 – June 1999, University Degree

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.

Thesis title: Fluctuations of the Amplitude of the Productive Process in the ‘Mechanical’ Sectors of Greek Industry.


Awards / Fellowships

  • PhD Fellowship, 09/2002-09/2003: Sasakawa Foundation Fellowship
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship 01/2018–12/2018: Stavros Niarchos Post-Doctoral Fellowship


Research / Professional experience

January 2018 – present, Postdoctoral Researcher (full time)

       Research project: «Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges”, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Hosted by the Institute of Mediterranean Studies.

October – December 2016, Postdoctoral Researcher (part-time)

Research project: Risk Change (RC): Migration is a Natural Law: Everything Moves, Everybody Migrates. Respect the Mobility of Human Life. Funded by Creative Europe - Culture Sub- Program.

Department of Philosophy and History of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

November 2005 – September 2012, Mechanical Engineer.

       Solin S.A, Production of Plastic Pipes.

January 2005 – November 2005, Translator.

       T. Arambatzis & K. Gavroglou (ed.), O Αϊνστάιν και η Σχετικότητα: Ιστορικές Μελέτες [Einstein and Relativity: Historical Studies], Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης [Crete University Editions], 2006.

July 2001 – June 2003, Mechanical Engineer.

       Protogeros EPE, Automobile Parts.

March 1999 – May 2001, Teacher.

Mechanical Engineering Drawing, KEK Akmon.

Teaching and related experience

  • Co-instructor, ‘History of Technology’ graduate seminar, MSc interuniversity programme History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (academic year 2017-18), organized by the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, NKUA, & and the Division of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Law, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens. (With emeritus Professor A. Tympas).
  • Co-instructor, ‘Environmental Knowledge and its Social Precondition’ graduate seminar, MSc Programme Education on Environment and Sustainability, organized by Demokrition University of Thrace. (With emeritus Professor S. Arapostathis and emeritus Professor V. Sirinidou). Conducted via the e-learning platform of the Demokrition University of Thrace.
  • Co-instructor, ‘History of Technology’ seminar, organized by the Laboratory of Historical Studies of the National Research Foundation. (With emeritus Professor A. Tympas).



Karampatsos Christos (2017). Efrosini Crossing Syngrou Avenue: Automobile Accidents and the Introduction of the Automobile in Greece, 1900-1912. History of Technology (Special Issue: History of Technology in Greece, from the Early 19th to 21st Century), 33, 255-279.

Καραμπάτσος Χρήστος (2015). Η Ευφροσύνη Διασχίζει τη Λεωφόρο Συγγρού: Η Εισαγωγή του Αυτοκινήτου, η Μάχη για τον Χώρο και ο «Βενιζελικός Εκσυγχρονισμός» στην Ελλάδα των Αρχών του Εικοστού Αιώνα [The Introduction of the Automobile, the Battle for Space and Venizelist Modernization in Greece], in A. Arapostathis, F. Papanelopoulou & T. Tympas (eds.), Τεχνολογία και κοινωνία στην Ελλάδα: Μελέτες από την Ιστορία της Τεχνολογίας και τις Σπουδές Επιστήμης και Τεχνολογίας, σελ. 149-179. Αθήνα: Ekdotiki Athinon (in Greek).


Karampatsos C., Machinery Dysfunction as a Bridge Between Labor History and the History of Technology. Presented in the 8th Tensions of Europe Conference, Athens, 7-10 September 2017.

Karampatsos C., Konstantinos Varkas Buys the ‘Infamous Machine’: Dysfunctional Machinery and ‘Technically Competent’ Workers through the Example of the Greek Cigarette Rollers, 1880-1920. Presented in the 3rd International Conference in Economic and Social History, Ioannina, 24-27 May 2017.

Karampatsos C., Depounte L. & Tympas A., Taylorism in Greece: Taylorist Engineers, Ideas and Applications According to an Ongoing Research. Presnted in the ‘Taylor’s World Conference’, Steven’s Institute of Technology, New York, 24-25 September 2015.

Karampatsos C., Αυτοκινητιστικά Ατυχήματα και Βενιζελικός Εκσυγχρονισμός [Automobile Accidents and Venizelist Modernization]. Presented in the ‘Society and Technology’ Conference of the Society for the Study and Dissemination of the History of Science and Technology, Athens, May 2015 (in Greek).

Καραμπάτσος Χ., Η Μάχη για τον Χώρο και ο Βενιζελικός Εκσυγχρονισμός [Venizelist Modernization and the Battle for Space]. Presented in the ‘Interdisciplinary Workshop for Mobilities and Tourism, organized by the Greek Mobilities and Tourism Research Team, Athens, December 2013 (in Greek).

Karampatsos C., Chantzikonstantinou E. & Papazafiropoulou A., Tourist Passages to Antiquities and Beaches: Road Constructions and Distractions in 20th Century Attica. Presented in the ‘Democracy and Technology’ Conference, Tensions of Europe, Paris, 19-21 September 2013.

Personal skills and competences

  • Languages:

Mother tongue: Greek

Other languages: English (proficient user), Italian (independent user), French (independent user)

  • Computer skills and competences:

Very good user in Windows environment; competent in Microsoft Office; advanced knowledge of internet and web-based applications; experienced user of engineering drawing programs; experienced user of academic search engines and digital archives.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • SHOT – Society for the History of Technology
  • Tensions of Europe Network