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Research Seminar: A life out of bounds: Seraphim Maximos and the transnational worlds of Greek communism

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 12:40 pm – 2:00 pm

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff of the Department of History, 

We are continuing our departmental tradition of organizing weekly research seminars. In these seminars, professors and researchers provide insights into their current work.

On Wednesday, 27.10.2021, 12:40 PM CET, we will have a lecture by Kostis Karpozilos, director of the Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI).

The event will take place in room C-210, Vienna Campus.

A life out of bounds: Seraphim Maximos and the transnational worlds of Greek communism 

Abstract: Seraphim Maximos, a leading Greek revolutionary intellectual, was born in Ottoman Turkey in the late 19th century and died in Vienna in 1962. Tracing his adventurous itinerary offers the opportunity to rethink the boundaries and geographies that shaped Greek communism. More specifically, this talk aims to highlight the importance of shifting national boundaries, refugee flows, transnational connections and exilic experiences in the development of the Greek communist movement. This perspective explores a world of entangled revolutionary connections and argues for a renewed debate on the relation between communist and national politics.

Bio: Kostis Karpozilos is the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI). He works on the history of communism, population movements, and social history. In the book Red America: Greek Immigrants and the Quest for a New World, 1900-1950 (Crete University Press, 2017/Berghahn Books, forthcoming) he argued that Americanization for Greek immigrants was entangled with radical visions of socialist transformation, while the world of immigrant radicalism shaped decisively the 20th century American Left. His latest book (co-authored with Dimitris Christopoulos) concerned the Macedonian Question and the necessity of a compromise between Greece and Northern Macedonia (10+1 questions and answers on the Macedonian Question, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2018). Kostis was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Oxford University and teaches at Panteion University. His current research concerns the transnational worlds of Greek communism focusing on experiences of displacement, exile, and mobility.


All members of the department are strongly encouraged to participate,

Tijana Rupčić and Jan Hennings