Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects

Research Projects

SeaLiT

SeaLiT: Seafaring Lives in Transition. Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Shipping during Globalization, 1850s-1920s.

(2016 -2021)
ERC

The program explores the transition from sail to steam navigation and the effects of this technological innovation on seafaring populations in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, between the 1850s and the 1920s, whose lives were drastically changed by the advent of the steam.

Digital Maps

Ship operation services (19th - 20th century)

MedIns

Mediterranean Insularities: Space, Landscape and Agriculture in Early Modern Cyprus and Crete

(2014 -2016)

MedIns is a comparative spatial history of Ottoman Cyprus and Crete during the early modern period. Based on data from the conquest fiscal survey registers of Cyprus (1572) and Crete (1669-70), the project employs G.I.S. methods and digital cartographic tools to map the patterns of economic production of the two islands.

AMORIUM

Amorium Urban Archaeology Project

(2013 )

Amorium Urban Archaeology Project is a multi-disciplinary archaeological project focused on understanding the evolution of the urban settlement and the social relationships through the study of built space in Byzantine Amorium.

METOPO

Transforming the rural and political landscape: The implementation of the Land Reform in Thessaly and Macedonia (part of the larger Action KRIPIS-II: Mediterranean Landscapes of Culture: Cultural (Land)scapes of the Past in the Mediterranean (METOPO)

(2017 -2020)

This Research Project is part of the larger Action KRIPIS-II, and it is based on the use of the recently available Archives of the Ministry of Agriculture (founded 1917). The archives will finally permit a detailed research on the actual implementation of the land reform and its economic, social and political impact both on a national and a local level.

Greek artists’ Italian perspective, 18th – 19th centuries

Greek artists’ Italian perspective, 18th – 19th centuries

(2017 )

This research programme is a continuation of the programme “Greek artists in the West (15th – 18th century)”. It examines the pursuits of Greek artists who settled in various cities of the Italian peninsula and became engaged in its artistic developments, but did not cut their ties with Greece.

Sources Modern Greek Theatre

Sources of the History of Modern Greek Theatre

(1987 )

The main objective of this research project is the creation of a national database which will include all available sources for the study and research of the Modern Greek Theater. In the project Sources of History of Modern Greek Theatre a wealth of evidence on the theatrical activity of the travels of Greek acting companies across the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea has been collected so far. The main focus of the program since its foundation is the introduction of new theatre scientists in the field of research methodology in the history of Modern Greek Theatre and Culture through systematic research training through their continuous processing of archival material and documentation.

AEGREGIS

The Rural Economy of Crete in the Early Modern Period: A GIS Approach

(2017 -2020)

The project aims at studying the rural economy of Ottoman Crete combining the use of unpublished Ottoman archival material with applications offered by new technologies, such as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Onassis Business History

Onassis Business History

(2017 -2020)

The purpose of the research project is to create a digitized private Onassis Business Maritime Archive as well as publishing a two-part volume on Onassis Business History, based on the Onassis Archive material.

ARCHERS

Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges, Stavros Niarchos Foundation

(2017 )

The project aims to fight the unemployment among young scientists through further development of their research potential and training in the cutting-edge technologies in which the Institutes of FORTH excel both nationally and internationally.

Art criticism in Greece

Art criticism in Greece

(2001 )

The research program aims to gather extensively into a database the writings of the most important Greek art critics of the 20th century. It intends to create an archive which will provide researchers, through a multiple and flexible search system, not only with a bibliographical record of the material, but also with the actual texts of art criticism (in form of digitized reproduction) so as to offer the possibility of their direct reading.

The Revival of Ancient Drama in Modern Greek Theatre

The Revival of Ancient Drama in Modern Greek Theatre

(1987 )

The study of the phenomenon of the revival of ancient drama in Modern Greece is carried out by the project of the History of Modern Greek Theatre in the context of a wider project of study of the Ancient Theatre. Part of the Athens Press has been card-indexed, as has a considerable number of projects, albums and volumes dedicated to the revival of the ancient theatre. The result of the project is the creation of an electronic archive of performances of ancient drama in modern times which covers the period from 1817 until today.

METOPO

Port landscapes in the Aegean (19th-20th centuries) in KRHPIS II, METOPO (Mediterannean Cultural Landscapes: Cultural Lanscapes of the Past in the Mediterranean)

(2017 -2020)

The Act aims to contribute to the interdisciplinary approach of the Mediterranean cultural landscapes and their change over time.

Ancient Theater Project

Ancient Theater Electronic Documention Project

(1990 )

The IMS Ancient Theater Project aims at collecting into an electronic data-base all possible information about ancient drama as theatrical praxis and cultural activity within the wider geographical boundaries of the Greek speaking world (although the areas of overlapping between Greek and Roman theater are considerable from the late Hellenistic period onwards).

Θ.ΙΣ.Β.Υ.

Biography as a source of Theatre History: biographies of Greek and foreign actors in the Greek and the Diaspora press from the 19th century to the Asia Minor Catastrophe. A contribution to the history of acting

(2018 -2020)

The research project will focus on the identification, collection and processing of biographies and portraits of Greek and foreign actors in magazines, newspapers and annual calendars published in many cities of Greece (Athens, Syros, Mytilene, Patras etc), but also in the urban centers of the Greek Diaspora (Cairo, Alexandria, Constantinople, Smyrna, Philippopolis, etc.). The material will be classified chronologically, will be listed and analyzed. The data will be inserted into electronic databases and the results of the project will be disseminated through an anthology of biographical texts and with the presentation and publication of relevant articles in scientific journals and conferences.

Recording and Studying the Islamic Tombstones of Ottoman Crete

Recording and Studying the Islamic Tombstones of Ottoman Crete

(2001 )

The original aim of the project was to record and study the tombstones of the Muslim population of Ottoman Rethymno. Over the years, however, the study of the Muslim gravestones of the Ottoman period was extended to the entire island of Crete.

ARCHERS

A port in transition. The modernization of the port infrastructure of Thessaloniki in the early 20th century

(2017 )

The history of ports is a rapidly developing field of research that has attracted the interest of many researchers in recent years. Τhe port of Thessaloniki is a fertile and at the same time quite demanding field of research. Port activity has affected essentially the social, economic and spatial process of Thessaloniki over the centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century the city had become one of the most important commercial ports of the Ottoman Empire and later of the Greek state. Our research aims to study the infrastructure modernization of port during the first decades of the 20th century. The remodeling of the port at the beginning of the 20th century transformed its image and structure, reorganized its own space, increased its efficiency, optimized its transport dynamics, gained a new division of labor, and transformed a large part of the natural city ​​environment. Thus, in a sense, the study of the upgrading port infrastructure, based mainly, but not only, on the Historical Archive of Port of Thessaloniki, is an attempt to find out the interaction between technological development, economic growth and the natural environment. Finally, our aim is to make a contribution to the better understanding of the history of the city of Thessaloniki

MedSTACH

Eastern Mediterranean Science and Technology Centre for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage - MedSTACH

(2017 -2019)

Project MedSTACH aims to establish Cyprus as an excellence hub in archaeology and cultural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean region, capitalising on multidisciplinary research and technological innovation. To this end, key Cypriot public academic institutions and national policy makers and stakeholders are teaming up with leading international research and academic institutions to lay the groundwork towards creating the Eastern Mediterranean Science and Technology Centre for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (acronym MedSTACH).

POLITEIA II

POLITEIA II, Action KRIPIS

(2017 -2020)