Hellenic studies Chair, Program and related courses
Hellenic Studies in Australia
The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) is very proud to have contributed to the successful efforts for the establishment of the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History (the HHF Chair) and the Hellenic Studies program (the Program) at York University in Toronto.
Under the leadership of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and with the generous support of the Greek Community of Toronto (GCT) and several other community organizations and individuals, these efforts culminated in the official establishment of the HHF Chair and the Program at York University
on January 28, 2000 with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement.
The HCAAO, by taking part in the process from the very beginning and by offering expert advice and assistance whenever needed, was proven to be a valuable partner in this major project. Now and in the future, the HCAAO remains committed to working with all the stakeholders and it is ready to devote its resources and expertise as needed in order to ensure the continuing growth and success of the Chair and the Program for the benefit of the community at large.
The current holder of the HHF Chair is Dr. Athanasios (Sakis) Gekas. He came to York from the University of Manchester and he has been appointed as a tenure-stream Assistant Professor and holder of the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Sakis Gekas is also a member of the HCAAO and he is currently serving on the HCAAO Executive Council.
With the leadership and generosity of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF), the initiative of the University of Toronto’s Greek Students’ Association (GSA), and the advice and commitment of the Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO), as well as the support of the Greek Community of Toronto and of many organizations and individuals, the modern Greek studies curriculum at the University of Toronto (UT) is now established.
The curriculum is part of a larger program of European Studies offered by the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, under the auspices of the Munk Center of Global Affairs at UT, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Science at UT.
As Professor Randall Hanson, director of CERES, says “Understanding Greek history, politics and the Greek language is fundamental to our work and teaching on the European Union and Europe itself”.
A preliminary agreement between HHF and UT has been signed on May 2, 2014, and the program started in September 2014. Initially, the curriculum offers one full-year Modern Greek Language course, and two half-year courses on Modern Greek Politics and Contemporary Affairs, as well as a joint graduate/undergraduate seminar with a field trip in Greece. In addition, funds are being raised for scholarships, public lectures and other support of Hellenic Studies. Further program expansion is planned after a few years.
A final agreement between HHF and UT was signed on Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Courses and studies related to Greece and Greeks are offered at many universities in Ontario, and are part of a variety of undergraduate or graduate programs, such as programs in classics, history, philosophy, as well as interdisciplinary programs, e.g. European studies, diaspora studies, women’s studies, etc.
There are also several academic institutes with teaching and research activities pertaining to Greece and Greeks.
Below is a short (and not exhaustive) list of links to departments, programs or institutes which offer related courses (in alphabetical order). Students (be of Greek descent or not) are highly encouraged to enroll in these courses.
University of Toronto
Department of Classics
Department of History
Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Department of Philosophy
The Archaeology Centre
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art
University of Toronto – Mississauga
Department of Historical Studies
University of Toronto – Scarborough
Department of Classics
Hellenic Studies — Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hellenic Studies — Concordia University, in collaboration with McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
European Society of Modern Greek Studies
Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies / Journal of Hellenic Studies
Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at King’s College London
Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
Modern Greek, University of Oxford
Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics & Political Science
The Society for Modern Greek Studies