Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects


Mining Landscapes in Greece, 19th-20th c.

Scientific coordinator: Leda Papastefanaki

This research project aims at deepening the understanding in the history of mining activities and the formation of the mining landscapes in Greece during 19th-20th centuries.


Aspects of the theatrical landscape: the travels of foreign actors in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Fermentations and interactions between East and West

Scientific coordinator: Constantina Georgiadi

The aim of this research project is to trace, record and process the landscapes of the wandering actors and actresses in the wider Mediterranean region and the Black Sea and to investigate the artistic and cultural interactions between the Greek and the European theatre from about mid-nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth.


"Mediterranean Cultural Landscapes" was implemented under the framework of the "Strategic Development Action of Research and Technological Bodies"

The project "METOPO: Mediterranean Cultural Landscapes" was implemented under the framework of the "Strategic Development Action of Research and Technological Bodies" and funded by the Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (EPAnEK)  under the NSRF 2014-2020, with the co-sponsor European Union (European Regional Development Fund).


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.


Mediterranean Insularities: Space, Landscape and Agriculture in Early Modern Cyprus and Crete

MedIns is a comparative spatial history of Ottoman Cyprus and Crete during the early modern period. Based on data from the conquest fiscal survey registers of Cyprus (1572) and Crete (1669-70), the project employs G.I.S. methods and digital cartographic tools to map the patterns of economic production of the two islands.


Amorium Urban Archaeology Project

Amorium Urban Archaeology Project is a multi-disciplinary archaeological project focused on understanding the evolution of the urban settlement and the social relationships through the study of built space in Byzantine Amorium.

Western Art in Crete

Western Art in Crete

The aim of the program is to study the art of Crete in the Venetian period (13th–17th c.).

Sources Modern Greek Theatre

Sources of the History of Modern Greek Theatre

The main objective of this research project is the creation of a national database which will include all available sources for the study and research of the Modern Greek Theater. In the project Sources of History of Modern Greek Theatre a wealth of evidence on the theatrical activity of the travels of Greek acting companies across the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea has been collected so far. The main focus of the program since its foundation is the introduction of new theatre scientists in the field of research methodology in the history of Modern Greek Theatre and Culture through systematic research training through their continuous processing of archival material and documentation.


Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges, Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Principal Investigator Christos Hadziiossif

Collaborator Researchers
Post-doctoral researchers
Eleni Kyramargiou

Phd candidates
Giorgos Gassias
Thanassis Niasiaras
Dimitra Kardakari

Funding Institution: Stavros Niarchos Foundation


The Rural Economy of Crete in the Early Modern Period: A GIS Approach

The project aims at studying the rural economy of Ottoman Crete combining the use of unpublished Ottoman archival material with applications offered by new technologies, such as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Art criticism in Greece

Art criticism in Greece

The research program aims to gather extensively into a database the writings of the most important Greek art critics of the 20th century. It intends to create an archive which will provide researchers, through a multiple and flexible search system, not only with a bibliographical record of the material, but also with the actual texts of art criticism (in form of digitized reproduction) so as to offer the possibility of their direct reading.

The Revival of Ancient Drama in Modern Greek Theatre

The Revival of Ancient Drama in Modern Greek Theatre

The study of the phenomenon of the revival of ancient drama in Modern Greece is carried out by the project of the History of Modern Greek Theatre in the context of a wider project of study of the Ancient Theatre. Part of the Athens Press has been card-indexed, as has a considerable number of projects, albums and volumes dedicated to the revival of the ancient theatre. The result of the project is the creation of an electronic archive of performances of ancient drama in modern times which covers the period from 1817 until today.

Ancient Theater Project

Ancient Theater Electronic Documention Project

The IMS Ancient Theater Project aims at collecting into an electronic data-base all possible information about ancient drama as theatrical praxis and cultural activity within the wider geographical boundaries of the Greek speaking world (although the areas of overlapping between Greek and Roman theater are considerable from the late Hellenistic period onwards).


Biography as a source of Theatre History: biographies of Greek and foreign actors in the Greek and the Diaspora press from the 19th century to the Asia Minor Catastrophe. A contribution to the history of acting

The research project will focus on the identification, collection and processing of biographies and portraits of Greek and foreign actors in magazines, newspapers and annual calendars published in many cities of Greece (Athens, Syros, Mytilene, Patras etc), but also in the urban centers of the Greek Diaspora (Cairo, Alexandria, Constantinople, Smyrna, Philippopolis, etc.). The material will be classified chronologically, will be listed and analyzed. The data will be inserted into electronic databases and the results of the project will be disseminated through an anthology of biographical texts and with the presentation and publication of relevant articles in scientific journals and conferences.

Recording and Studying the Islamic Tombstones of Ottoman Crete

Recording and Studying the Islamic Tombstones of Ottoman Crete

The original aim of the project was to record and study the tombstones of the Muslim population of Ottoman Rethymno. Over the years, however, the study of the Muslim gravestones of the Ottoman period was extended to the entire island of Crete.


A port in transition. The modernization of the port infrastructure of Thessaloniki in the early 20th century

The history of ports is a rapidly developing field of research that has attracted the interest of many researchers in recent years. Τhe port of Thessaloniki is a fertile and at the same time quite demanding field of research. Port activity has affected essentially the social, economic and spatial process of Thessaloniki over the centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century the city had become one of the most important commercial ports of the Ottoman Empire and later of the Greek state. Our research aims to study the infrastructure modernization of port during the first decades of the 20th century. The remodeling of the port at the beginning of the 20th century transformed its image and structure, reorganized its own space, increased its efficiency, optimized its transport dynamics, gained a new division of labor, and transformed a large part of the natural city ​​environment. Thus, in a sense, the study of the upgrading port infrastructure, based mainly, but not only, on the Historical Archive of Port of Thessaloniki, is an attempt to find out the interaction between technological development, economic growth and the natural environment. Finally, our aim is to make a contribution to the better understanding of the history of the city of Thessaloniki