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The conference on the theme ‘Mount Athos in the period before, during and after the Liberation’, which was organised in November 2012 to mark the centenary of the liberation of Mount Athos from Ottoman rule, presented an opportunity for researchers to explore not only the historical event of the liberation of the Athonite peninsula, but also the history of Athos during the last few decades of the 19th century and the period up to about 1920, roughly ten years after the incorporation of Athos into the Greek state.

The conference dealt with themes concerning Athos in the context of the general upheavals in the Balkans (last few decades of the 19th century), the historical event of the liberation, the internal and external (political and diplomatic) processes that led to the determination of Athos’s status, the community’s relations with the state bodies of the time, its institutional organisation, spiritual life, built environment and functions, as well as the art that developed on Athos during this period.   
The conference included two round tables on themes related to its central subject: one in honour of Gabriel Millet, the French pioneer of research on Athos in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the other on Nazarene painting, the dominant artistic current on Athos in the late 19th century and first few decades of the 20th century.


Date: 23-25 November 2012
Venue: ‘Stephanos Dragoumis’ Auditorium, Museum of Byzantine Culture
Conference programme: click here


Summaries of conference papersclick here


Conference Scientific Committee
Kriton Chryssochoidis, Director, Institute for Byzantine Research, Hellenic National Research Foundation
Elder Nikodemos Agiopavlites
Phokion Kotzagiorgis, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Ioakeim Papangelos, Doctor of Archaeology
Miltos Polyviou, Doctor of Architecture
Ploutarchos Theocharidis, Architect
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, Evangelos Tsikouras
Technical support: Costas Tachtsidis
Parallel events
Thessaloniki and Mount Athos at the Dawn of the 20th Century
Athos or the Mountain of the Monks (phototype edition)
He Thessalonike kai to Hagion Oros sten anatole tou 20ou aiona
(Thessaloniki and Mount Athos at the Dawn of the 20th Century) (exhibition catalogue)
To Hagion Oros sta chronia tes apelephtheroses (Praktika tou Z Epistemonikou Synedriou) 
(Mount Athos before, during and after the Liberation: Proceedings of the 7th Scientific Conference)
To Hagion Oros sta chronia tes apelephtheroses
(Mount Athos before, during and after the Liberation) (commemorative volume)
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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