Visiting Fellow, Fall 2017
Christina Koulouri is Professor in Modern and Contemporary History at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences (Athens, Greece) and Director of the Research Centre for Modern History (KENI). From 2013-2017 she was the Dean of the School of Political Sciences, Panteion University. She studied at the University of Athens (Department of History and Archaeology), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Paris I - Panthéon - Sorbonne where she also received her PhD. Since 1999, she is the chair of the History Education Committee of the Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) and general coordinator of the Joint History Project (JHP). Lecturer at many international conferences in Greece, Western and Southeast Europe, USA, Japan and China, she is also member of the editorial board of refereed academic journals and academic societies. She is author of several books and articles on the teaching of history, the history of historiography, school textbooks, national identity, public history and the history of sports and the Olympic Games. She is also the editor of six workbooks (alternative educational materials) for the teaching of modern and contemporary history in Southeast Europe. Some of her publications are: Dimensions idéologiques de l'historicité en Grèce (1834-1914). Les manuels scolaires d'histoire et de géographie, Frankfurt : Studien zur Geschichte Südosteuropas 7, 1991; Sport et société bourgeoise. Les associations sportives en Grèce 1870-1922, Paris : L’Harmattan, 2000; Clio in the Balkans. The Politics of History Education, Thessaloniki: CDRSEE, 2002 (editor and introduction); Athens, Olympic City, 1896-1906, Athens: International Olympic Academy, 2004 (editor and introduction).
Based on three European cases, namely France, Germany and Greece, the project aims at investigating the transformation of traditional processions during public festivals (initially of religious relevance but also as part of royal rituals) to increasingly formalized parades as part of national liturgy. Parades are studied as commemorative acts i.e. processions organised to commemorate and celebrate a historical event, forging national unity. The concepts of Kulturtransfer and histoire croisée inform research methodology, in order to understand whether, during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, a common model of parades celebrating historical events was developed in European nation-states. The project will focus on the transitional period till the First World War, when the ceremonial practices responded to social changes brought by urbanization, voluntary associations, new communication media, compulsory military service, and public education. However, I intend to investigate also the major changes brought by the war experiences of the early 20th century which led to the ‘golden age’ of the parades in the interwar period.