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The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has always been a supporter of the operation and multifaceted work of the Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH) since the establishment of the latter in 2015. The main purpose of the RCH is the support and funding of research in the humanities through a process of annual public calls for the submission of research proposals by young researchers. In addition, it organizes workshops, conferences and meetings with the aim of further disseminating research results to both the scientific community and the general public.
In 2020, with funding from the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, activities were implemented in three areas:
RCH Digital Library
The RCH Digital Library was launched, a new publishing endeavour in collaboration with the National Documentation Centre, which aims, on the one hand, to disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of humanities by creating a wider reading and research community and, on the other, to expand the field of digital publishing and its growing research potential. In 2020 the design and development of an entirely new digital reading environment was completed, which includes a variety of publishing series, such as the annual volumes with the results of the research projects conducted with funding from RCH, the minutes from conferences workshops, as well as material from the 1821 Digital Archive.
Annual Research Projects
Each year, the RCH publishes public calls for the submission of proposals, inviting postdoctoral researchers and research groups to submit proposals for a period of one year. The applications are evaluated by distinguished, in their relevant disciplines, scientists from Greece and abroad, using criteria such as the originality of the research idea, the novelty of the proposed methodology, as well as the final deliverables.
In 2020, with a grant from the Foundation, the following research projects were developed:
Researcher: Dimitra Vassiliadou, Dr. of History, University of Crete
Researcher: Chara Kolokytha, Dr. of Art History, Northumbria University, UK
Research Group: Christos Kouroutzas, Dr. of Sociology, University of the Aegean
Sevasti Trubeta, Professor of Sociology, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal, Germany
Dimitris Paraskevopoulos, Dr. of Sociology, University of the Aegean
Research Group: Michalis Spourdalakis, Professor of Political Sociology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Costas Gousis, PhD candidate in Political Science, Roehampton University, UK
Alkistis Prepi, PhD candidate in Urban and Regional Planning, National Technical University of Athens
Researcher: Gianna Stergiou, Dr. of Classical Philology, University of Edinburgh, UK
Research Project “The Greek Revolution of 1821: Digital Archive”
On the occasion of two hundred years since 1821, RCH has been implementing since 2016 a large-scale bilingual (Greek/English) Research Project entitled “The Greek Revolution of 1821: Digital Archive”, which is funded, among others, by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. Under this Project, a digital platform about the Greek Revolution of 1821 was created, in which the public can search for evidence items, archival and audiovisual material, as well as digital exhibits related to the Greek Revolution, such as scientific studies, works of art, everyday objects, folk songs, heirlooms, etc. This digital endeavor is implemented in the framework of the actions of the “Initiative 1821-2021” and marks one of the most important collaborative initiatives in the field of Digital Humanities, with the participation of reputable institutions, such as the National Library of Greece, the General State Archives, the Library of the Hellenic Parliament, etc.
In 2020, the following actions were completed:
The Digital Archive in numbers:
“The extremely particular circumstances under which all cultural and research institutions were forced to operate during the last year affected the activity plan of RCH to some extent, without, however, altering our core aspirations. The research teams funded by the Latsis Foundation continued their work with their presentations taking place online. In fact, viewing rates skyrocketed on account of the format of the digital conferences, thus setting an interesting precedent for our future plans. Moreover, as we come closer to the official presentation of the 1821 Digital Archive, the great collaborative project implemented by RCH, with the support of the Foundation, the ongoing circumstances confirm the importance of having opted for organising and presenting such plentiful material on a single platform to be used by both the general public and researchers, regardless of this year’s restrictions affecting a series of anniversary events such as exhibitions, conferences, etc.”
Dr. Ada Dialla
President of the Executive Administrative Board, Research Centre for the Humanities
Associate Professor of Modern European History, Department of Theory and History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts