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“Liberalism and the Foundations of the Modern Greek State (ca 1830-1880)” Lecture by Michalis Sotiropoulos

March 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Liberalism and the Foundations of the Modern Greek State Event

Liberalism and the Foundations of the Modern Greek State (ca 1830-1880)

Lecture by Michalis Sotiropoulos, The 1821 Fellow in Modern Greek Studies, British School at Athens

Saturday, March 16, 2024
4:00 p.m.
314 Royce Hall, UCLA
Reception to follow

This event is free to attend but advance RSVP is requested.
RSVP link: https://forms.gle/k9RShpX6Y7yzxZYX7

Q&A moderated by Simos Zenios, Associate Director, UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture

How was the modern Greek state built? To what ideas, concepts and practices did the authorities of the new state turn to produce and legitimize its legal and political system? What intellectual and institutional disputes and different reform projects did this process entail? This lecture addresses these questions by looking at nineteenth-century Greek liberalism and the ways in which it engaged in reforms in the Greek state after independence from the Ottomans (ca. 1830-1880). By focusing on the thought and actions of a group of legal scholars whose influence and public role went far beyond the academy, the lecture challenges some of the assumptions of Western-centric histories of nineteenth-century liberalism. As it shows, while Greek scholars were informed by a number of European intellectual currents, they danced in their own music and used these currents for their own purposes. In the process, and as elsewhere in the periphery, they helped formulate a political language that preserved liberalism’s radical edge when it was losing its appeal elsewhere in Europe; a language that, considering the rise of illiberal politics currently unfolding across the world, may be worth recovering and reassessing.

Michalis Sotiropoulos, FRHistS, is a historian of modern Europe specializing in the intellectual history of the Mediterranean and the Greek world in the long nineteenth century. Sotiropoulos has earned a PhD from the University of London and is currently the 1821 Fellow in Modern Greek Studies at the British School at Athens and principal investigator of the SNF-funded research project ‘Unpublished Archives of British Philhellenism during the Greek Revolution, 1821-1832’. His publications include studies of the Greek Revolution of 1821, on law and the formation of states, and on the historiography on the Age of Revolutions, while his monograph Liberalism after the Revolution: The Intellectual Foundations of the Greek State, ca. 1830-1880 was recently published by Cambridge University Press. In October 2024 Michalis will be joining the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies.

This event is held under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles and made possible thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Gefyra (Bridge) is a collaborative program established by the UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Gefyra’s mission is to connect students, faculty, and communities along the West Coast of North America with Greek scholars, artists, and other creators, so that they can together explore expansive and imaginative approaches to Greek culture and knowledge production. The program additionally supports academic conferences and cultural projects that bridge the West Coast and Greece.

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Parking Information:

Parking for Royce Hall is available in Parking Structures 5 and 4.

Parking structure 5 is located at: 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Parking Structure 5  is accessible from Royce Drive, south of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Hilgard Ave. (in the northeast section of the campus).

Parking Structure 4 is located at: 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Parking Structure 4 is accessible from Sunset Blvd. onto Westwood Plaza which leads directly to the underground parking structure.

No parking attendants will be on-site at the parking structure, and Pay-By-Space/Visitor Parking is extremely limited in this lot, so we highly encourage you to purchase a parking permit in advance:

Advance parking is available for Parking Structure 4. Parking Structure 4 is located at 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

  • To save time, you may purchase your parking permit for Parking Structure 4 for $15 in advance using Bruin ePermit: https://bruinepermit.t2hosted.com/pnw2/selectevent.aspx. Select “UCLA Royce Hall,” then “Sotiropoulos Lecture” With the advanced parking permit, you can park anywhere in Parking Structure 4 EXCEPT in the Pay-by-Space section. For instructions on how to use this portal, please click here.
  • To purchase a permit when you arrive at Parking Structure 5, please park ONLY in the Pay-By-Space/Visitor Parking area on the rooftop of this structure, and proceed to the Self-Service Pay Station machine to pay by credit card (the parking on this level is very limited).
  • Guest drop/Ride-share drop off is closest at the turnaround at the front of Royce Hall located at: 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
  • Accessible parking: If you have accessibility needs, you may park in the Pay-By-Space/Visitor Parking area on the rooftop (level 5) of this structure, and proceed to the Self-Service Pay Station machine to pay by credit card.  Please visit our Campus Accessibility Map to view related information.

For inquiries, please contact hellenic@humnet.ucla.edu


March 16
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
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314 Royce Hall
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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