Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects

Research Projects

Greek artists in the West, 15th -19th century

Greek artists in the West, 15th -19th century

(2007 -2017)

This program aims at a deeper understanding of Greek artists' work by way of collecting biographical evidence, identifying and documenting their work, and assessing the quality of their production. The program also seeks to investigate the identity of the artists' commissioners and their status within the new cultural environment.

History of the cities of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans (18th-20th c.)

History of the cities of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans (18th-20th c.)

(2006 -2014)

The main objective of the project is the contribution to a better understanding of the urban phenomenon in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean in the modern and contemporary period, through a comparative approach that permits us to go beyond the limitations of the national framework within which usually take place the historical studies.

Register of Greek poetry 1801-1850

Register of Greek poetry 1801-1850

(2005 )

The main objectives of the project is the systematic inventorying of all Modern Greek poems, whether published or not, onymous or anonymous, written or published during the above-mentioned period (folk songs are excluded), together with classification both in printed form as well as data base according to author and collection, title and first verse.

Digital Crete

Digital Crete: Mediterranean Cultural Itineraries

(2004 -2005)

Digital Crete aims towards the creation of a cultural information system, consisting of digitized documentation and information regarding the cultural heritage of the island of Crete, from prehistory to the modern periods.

Archive of Modern Greek Prosody: the romantic ballad

Archive of Modern Greek Prosody: the romantic ballad

(2003 -2004)

The aim of the project is the research, study and charting of a completely new unresearched genre of the Greek romantic period(1821-1880), the romantic ballad. The research of independently published books and journals of the period 1821-1882 will enable the locating and cataloguing of all poems which could be characterised as ballads, as well as a first concise description of the course of Greek ballad-writing before Giorgios Byziinos.

Poetical texts of the revival of ancient metres in the 19th century

Poetical texts of the revival of ancient metres in the 19th century

(2003 -2004)

The aim of the project is the study and charting of a little-researched area of Greek poetry of the 19th century, of poetical texts which were presented as a revival of ancient metres. With the research of independently published books, and perhaps subsequently journals of the period from 1821 to the end of the 19th century, all poems which could be considered as belonging to the category of the revival of ancient metres will be located, recorded in an electronic database, and digitalised in an electronic archive.

Bibliographical guide to the poems of Giorgos Seferis

Bibliographical guide to the poems of Giorgos Seferis

(2001 -2003)

The aim of the project was to create a bibliographic guide to the poetry of George Seferis.

Western Art in Crete

Western Art in Crete

(1996 -2012)

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

Archive of Greek prose

Archive of Greek prose

(1996 -1999)

The aim of the project was to map Greek fiction (novels and short stories) from 1830-1880.

The city in modern times

The city in modern times

(1994 -2011)

This project, in collaboration with the General State Archives of Cyclades, aimed mainly at the creation of an exemplary database for Ermoupolis of Syros (19th-20th century), by processing the most important sources that are available for the city: municipal registers, population censuses, civil records, notarial and judicial records, proceedings of the municipal council, archives of educational and philanthropic institutions, and other evidence that constitute series.

Itanos

Itanos Archaeological Research Program

(1994 -2002)

The archaeological research program at Itanos began in 1994 under the scientific patronage of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of Rethymno and the French School of Archaeology at Athens. In collaboration with the XXIVth Ephoria of Prehistorical and Classical Antiquities, a team from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne conducted an archaeological survey in the surroundings of Itanos.

The Christian communities of Cappadocia

The Christian communities of Cappadocia

(1992 -1994)

The project of study of the Christian communities of Cappadocia focuses on the historical development of those communities from the mid-18th century

Archive of Modern Greek prosody

Archive of Modern Greek prosody

(1990 -1997)

The main products of the project are the Archive of Modern Greek Prosody, which is today housed at the IMS and is at the disposal of all interested researchers, and the Bibliography of Modern Greek Prosody (2000). The Archive includes the classified entries of the bibliography either in photocopied or printed form.

Archaeology and Politics

Archaeology and Politics

(1990 -2000)

The objective of the project, which aspires to create a study centre for the history of archaeology in Crete, is the investigation into the direct or indirect influence of political considerations in the development of the discipline of archaeology in Greece.

Korais as Classical Philologist

Korais as Classical Philologist

(1989 -1994)

The purpose of the research program was to investigate Korai's contribution to the restoration of the texts of ancient Greek writers, based mainly on his criticisms and corrective remarks contained in anecdotal manuscripts or inserted in the margins of his personal library, preserved in the Korai Library of Chios as well as the evaluation of Korai's entire literary activity and its integration into the European literary literature of his day.

PROSODOL

Strategies to Improve and Protect Soil Quality from the Disposal of Olive Oil Mills' Wastes in the Mediterranean Region

(2009 -2012)

This collaborative project between Greece (Soil Science Institute of Athens / SSIA-NAGREF, Institute of Mediterranean Studies / IMS-FORTH and Technical University of Greece / TUC), Spain (Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas / CEBAS-CSIC) and Italy (Regional Centre for Agricultural Experimentation and Assistance / CERSAA) aims towards the development and dissemination of innovative, environment friendly, low cost technologies for the protection of soil and water pollution from olive oil mills' wastes, the establishment of an info-library/knowledge-base system to assess environmental impacts from olive oil mills' wastes to Mediterranean region, the facilitation of an implementation of Soil Thematic Strategy in areas close to olive oil mills, the Design, implementation and support a monitoring system for the assessment of the soil and water quality affected directly or indirectly from oil mills' activities in relation to factors pressures and responses, as well as the Identification of potential safest uses in the agricultural sector of olive oil mills' wastes and its possible contribution to agricultural production.

E-market-path E4

E-market-path E4: Online Routes on the E4 Trail (Rethymnon-Paphos-Larnaca)

(2008 )

In the framework of the project the Laboratory developed a dynamic webpage for the path E4 of the prefecture of Rethymno combining multimedia, databases and Geographical Information Sustems (GIS).

Sikyon Survey Project

Sikyon Survey Project

(2004 -2005)

The project is concerned with the geophysical investigations which are being carried out at the archaeological site of Sikyon.

Greek Traditional Music

Greek Traditional Music

(1986 -1990)

The aim of this research program was to collect and examine existing information related to ancient Greek, religious Byzantine and contemporary folk music.

Historical and Archaeological Testimonies on the Water Environment and the Management of Water Resources in Crete during the Venetian and Ottoman Period

Historical and Archaeological Testimonies on the Water Environment and the Management of Water Resources in Crete during the Venetian and Ottoman Period

(2015 -2017)

The long history of water resource management on the island of Crete, at the heart of the eastern Mediterranean, is full of significant achievements in the design and construction of a variety of water-related infrastructure (pertaining to water supply, transport, distribution, etc.) through which the different local cultures have met their diverse needs of water supply in changing climatic conditions.