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The 10th Scientific Conference of the Mount Athos Center focused on what is a crucial period in the thousand-year-long history of Mount Athos as it is connected with Greek self-consciousness in the broader Balkan region, marks the progression of the Athonite community towards the modern era and, in effect, Athos’s position in the Orthodox world today in institutional, constitutional, ecclesiological and geopolitical terms, thus making it a period of particular importance and relevance.

In their conference papers the 25 speakers attempted to shed light on the less well-known and researched 17th century, a period of general flux as well as quasi-stagnation, and they also focused on various aspects of the following century, a period in which both Hellenism and the Balkans in general experienced a universal and multidimensional revival.   


Date9-11 October 2015
Venue: ‘Stephanos Dragoumis’ Auditorium, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki
Conference programme: click here

Summaries of conference papersclick here


Conference Scientific Committee
Kriton Chryssochoidis, Director, Institute for Byzantine Research, Hellenic National Research Foundation
Hieromonk Nikodemos Lavriotes
Elder Nikodemos Agiopavlites
Ploutarchos Theocharidis, Architect
Phokion Kotzagiorgis, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Ioakeim Papangelos, Doctor of Archaeology
Miltos Polyviou, Doctor of Architecture
Text of the Scientific Committee: click here   
Organisation of Conference
Director: Demetrios Salpistis, Director, Mount Athos Center
Supervisor: Anastasios Douros, Head of Administrative and Financial Services
Secretarial support: Maria Giannelou
Technical support: Evangelos Tsikouras, Costas Argyropoulos
Parallel events
Mount Athos: Lingering Between Image and Photographic Gaze
Epeteiakos tomos
(Commemorative volume marking the 15th anniversary of the foundation of the Mount Athos Center)
Hagion Oros. Kat’ eikona tou photographikou blemmatos
(Mount Athos: Lingering Between Image and Photographic Gaze) (exhibition catalogue)
From 2011 to 2015 the annual scientific conferences of the Mount Athos Center and their parallel events (exhibitions and publications) were included in, and funded by, the European Programme ‘National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013’ under the general title ‘The Great Spiritual and Cultural Legacy of Mount Athos’.






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