The University of Amsterdam is historicaly linked with Greek intellect
The Marilena Laskaridis Chair was established in 2018 by the Dutch Society of Modern Greek Studies, a foundation that promotes research and education of Modern Greek language, literature, history and culture in the widest sense. The chair is chiefly financed by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which aims to promote Greek arts and letters in Greece and abroad. The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Dutch Society of Modern Greek Studies, also contribute to the chair’s funding.
As part of the Chair’s support, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation will also offer one (1) to two (2) fellowships every year for visiting researchers at the University of Amsterdam aiming at the promotion of research in the field of Modern Greek Studies.
The University of Amsterdam is the largest academic institution in the Netherlads and is historicaly linked with Greek intellect. The precious archive of Adamantios Korais, a leading figure in the movement of the Modern Greek Enlightenent, is kept in the University’s library. Moreover the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies is producing for decades work of great scientific value. The Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam is one of the few of its kind in Western Europe.
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