Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Centre of Maritime History

The Сentre of Maritime History (CMH) of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies – founded in 2017 by Professor Gelina Harlaftis and Dr Apostolos Delis – is the only research unit in Greece exclusively dedicated.
The research team of the Centre of Maritime History explores the history of the seas and more specifically focuses on the maritime history of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea from the ancient times to the present day. The Centre of Maritime History provides the resources for the training of young scholars and the production of academic work in the following broader fields:  a) economic and social maritime activities (seaborne trade, navigation, ports, shipping businesses, fishing, maritime communities, maritime labour, shipbuilding and maritime technology); b) geopolitics, war and violence at sea (maritime empires, naval forces, piracy); c) scientific activities related to the sea (oceanography, history of navigation); d) leisure and tourism related to the sea, e) maritime literature and arts. The means to promote these activities are through: 1) the location, preservation, classification, processing and divulgation of archival sources related to maritime history, 2) the publication of scholarly works in Greece and abroad, 3) the organization of seminars, conferences and postgraduate studies programs in collaboration with Greek and foreign universities and summer schools. Furthermore, the Centre of Maritime History materializes research projects funded from National and European funds and carries out research in Greek and foreign archives and libraries. The activities of the Centre of Maritime History are supported by the specialized maritime history library and archives of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH.


Gelina Harlaftis

Director of IMS-FORTH, Professor of Maritime History
Curriculum vitae

Apostolos Delis

Principal Researcher
Curriculum vitae

Maria Damilakou

Assistant Professor
Ionian University

Matteo Barbano

Postdoctoral researcher

Kostas Damianidis

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Katerina Galani

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Jordi Ibarz Gelabert

Visiting Scholar
University of Barcelona

Aristea Gratsea

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Alexandra Papadopoulou

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Anna Sydorenko

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Christos Tsakas

Postdoctoral researcher

Thomas Kalesios

PhD candidate

Alkis Kapokakis

PhD candidate

Dimitra Kardakaris

PhD candidate

Petros Kastrinakis

PhD candidate

Thanasis Nasiaras

PhD candidate

Kalliopi Vasilaki

PhD candidate

Amalia Pappa

Deputy Director of the General State Archives

Nikos Kastrinakis

Research Assistant

Research Projects

Shipping and trade in Venetian Crete

Shipping and trade in Venetian Crete; The case study of Curcumeli’s company (16th century)

Funded by: Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies/ Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Host Institution: IMS/FORTH


Virtual Historic Sailing Ships

Promoting the maritime cultural heritage with the development of an integrated platform of 3D digital representations of historical ships.


Promotion and material and technical documentation of Greek shipbuilding and naval history – the naval battles of Salamis and Navarino

The aim of this project is to highlight Greek maritime heritage with the creation of three exhiibtions in Eugenidis Foundation in Athens.


Port landscapes in the Aegean (19th-20th centuries)

Scientific coordinator: Apostolos Delis


SeaLiT: Seafaring Lives in Transition. Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Shipping during Globalization, 1850s-1920s.


The program explores the transition from sail to steam navigation and the effects of this technological innovation on seafaring populations in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, between the 1850s and the 1920s, whose lives were drastically changed by the advent of the steam.


Greek merchant shipping and navy (1821-1831)