Preliminary Program

Two-day Workshop

The Greek War of Independence and the Ottomans: Impact, Perceptions and Transformation within and Beyond the Empire

Monday 13 September 2021

  17:00-18:00 Key-note Speech E.J. Zürcher (Leiden University): “State, nationhood and citizenship: the dilemmas of the Ottoman army in the age of nationalism”   18:00-18:15 Break   18:15 – 20:00 Panel 1: Ottoman/Turkish Perspectives of the Greek Revolution   Dilek Ozkan (University of Athens) “Ottoman perceptions of the Greek Revolution, and resettlement of the Muslim refugees of the Peleponnese”   Leonidas Moiras (University of Athens) and Alexandros Lamprou (Marburg University) “Ottoman and Turkish Perceptions of the Greek Revolution and Greek irredentism ”    

Tuesday 14 September 2021

  10:00 – 12:00 Panel 2: The Greek Revolution and the Balkans   Jasmima Tomasevic (National Library of Serbia) “The 1821 Greek Revolution according the Serbian Archives”   Elmira Vasileva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) “Protestant missionaries and the Greek Revolution”   Dimitris Stamatopoulos (University of Macedonia) “The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the dissolution of the Phanariot system: from Moldovlachia to Constantinople”   12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break & Coffee   13:30 – 16:00 Panel 3: Alternative Narratives   Nikos Christofis (Shaanxi Normal University) “The Greek War of Independence and/in Cyprus: History Textbooks, Official Historiography, and Contested Narratives”   Panos Kourgiotis (Hellenic Open University) “Egyptian perceptions of the Greek Revolution; war and the emergence of modern Egypt”   Aristides N. Hatzis (University of Athens) “’The Absolute Barbarians’ as victims: The Perception of the Ottomans in the British Press during the Revolution and the case of the Tripolitsa massacre”  


Netherlands Institute at Athens




The Greek War of Independence and the Ottomans:

Impact, Perceptions and Transformation within the Empire


13 – 14 September 2021

Dilek Özkan is currently affiliated as postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Macedonia, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies. Özkan received her PhD in History from the University of Athens in 2016. Her dissertation examines the first Ottoman-Greek borders and Ottoman modernisation efforts in the borderland region of Thessaly. During her PhD study, she was awarded scholarships from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the Alexander Onassis Public Foundation. She finished her MA in History from Boğaziçi University, and her BA in History from Istanbul Bilgi University. Previously, she was visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies. Recently she was awarded a visiting fellowship from the University of Graz, Center for South East European Studies. Her research interests include Ottoman-Greek relations in 19th century, history of the Greek Revolution, borders, fortresses, and migrations in Southeast Europe.

Elmira Vassileva graduated Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in History (2003). She defended a PhD thesis at the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2013, entitled The Bosnian Franciscans. Organization, Activities, Missionary Work in Southeastern Europe (1463-1688). She is currently a researcher in the same institute. Elmira Vassileva was awarded research fellowships at the University of Toulouse II Le Mirail (France), the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Greece), ARIT in Istanbul (Turkey) and the Institut de recherches sur la Renaissance, L’âge Classique et les Lumières, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier (France). Her interests are connected with the Catholic and Protestant propaganda in South-East Europe during the Ottoman period.

Panos Kourgiotis holds a PhD on the emergence of the modern Islamic associations in Egypt from the Department of Political Sciences in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; he has studied International Relations of the Mediterranean Region, Political Science, as well as Arabic Language and History of the Arab World in Greece, Syria and Tunisia. He is currently a tutor in the Open Hellenic University.

Aristides Hatzis is a Professor of Philosophy of Law & Theory of Institutions at the Department of History & Philosophy of Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Ph.D. University of Chicago), the Director of Research at the Center for Liberal Studies-Athens and a Fellow of the Institute for Research in Economics and Fiscal Issues-Paris. He is a member of the National Committee for the Celebration for the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. His book on the Greek Revolution of 1821 will be published in the United States in 2022. His op-eds have been published by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the CNBC and he has given numerous interviews to major international media outlets.