The research teams of the Department of history of cities, diasporas and immigration in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have so far focused on the modern and contemporary history, but our aim is to expand into Ancient, Byzantine and Venetian history. The research teams that study pre-modern civilizations will investigate topics related to the modern period as well, such as population movements, institutions, political regimes etc.
So far, research has moved on three axes. Firstly, research is being made on the urban development and the residential complex of the islands, the coastal areas and the relationship between city and country. Second, population development, social division of labor, social stratification and social relations in cities have been studied. Third, it has dealt with the issue of diaspora in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea and migratory and refugee movements across and beyond the space of the Mediterranean. Systematic research is being conducted into the archives of the cities and islands of the Aegean, the Ionian and Black Sea as well as the Greek diasporas around the world.
The research teams have processed a large volume of archival material and created databases (accessible from the Institute for Mediterranean Studies website and the Web History and Culture Archive) regarding municipal registries, censuses, tax and electoral lists of cities, as well as migrations, of a total volume of more than 150,000 entries. It is also envisaged, in collaboration with University Departments, to develop and conduct Postgraduate and PhD Programs.
Χρήστος Λούκος, « Hermoupolis, fin XIXe – debit XXe siècle. Changements économiques, sociaux et idéologiques », Mathieu Grenet – Yannick Jambon – Marie-Laure Ville (dir.), Histoire urbaine et sciences sociales. Mélanges en l’honneur du professeur Olivier Zeller, Παρίσι, Classiques Garnier, 2014, σ. 201-213.
Χρήστος Λούκος, «Από την ταξινόμηση του αρχείου της Δημογεροντίας και του Δήμου Σύμης σε κάποιες υποθέσεις για μια νέα ιστορία του νησιού», Μνήμη Εύης Ολυμπίτου. Τοπικές κοινωνίες στον θαλάσσιο και ορεινό χώρο στα νότια Βαλκάνια, 18ος-19ος αιώνας. Πρακτικά Συμποσίου (Κέρκυρα, 24-26 Μαΐου 2012), Ιόνιο Πανεπιστήμιο-Τμήμα Ιστορίας, Κέρκυρα 2014, σ. 147-170.
- International Conference "The city in modern times", Athens 27-30 November 1997, co-organised with the EMNE-Mnemon (Society of Study of Modern Hellenism – journal “Mnemon”).
More than 50 scholars participated in the conference. The proceedings were published by EMNE as The city in modern times. Mediterranean and Balkan perpectives (19th-20th c.), Athens 2000
- First Scientific Meeting, Rethymno 2 November 1999.
It was organised by the project “The city in modern times”, aiming at disseminating the results of the research so far. Papers were delivered by 5 scholars from Liverpool, Athens and Rethymno
- International Conference “Rival Pursuits, Common Experiences: Social Transformation and Mass Mobilization in the Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Cities (1900-1923)”, Rethymno 22- 24 October 2009, Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH
Scholars from the most countries of the broader area participated in this significant conference. In their papers was based the collective volume Social Transformation and Mass Mobilization in the Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Cities
- The Economic and Social Development of the Port–Cities of the Western Black Sea Coast, Late 18th – Beginning of the 20th century, conference organised in Constanța and in Varna in 27 May -1 June 2014 by Andreas Lyberatos and C. Ardeleanu.
This conference was organised in the framework of the international research project “The Black Sea and its port- cities from the 18th to the 20th century. Development, convergence and linkages with the global economy” (Thales 2012-15, coordinated by the professor Gelina Harlaftis). The papers of the conference became the basis for the publishment of the collective volume Port Cities of the Western Black Sea Coast