Modern Greek Studies Association

The MGSA is pleased to announce the award of two Innovative Initiatives Grants
in its April 2021 cycle. 

In Spring 2021, the MGSA Innovative Initiatives Committee awarded $1,000 as support for a seed grant to George I. Paganelis (Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection) at California State University, Sacramento. The grant, in conjunction with others, will support a digitization pilot project of 23 rare and unique Greek American newspapers and journals held by the Tsakopoulos Collection. These digitized texts will increase the preservation of and create free worldwide access to an important group of primary-source documents. When completed, the project will be one of the few digitization projects in the United States focused on Greek American resources and will serve as the basis for larger grant proposals by California State University, Sacramento, in cooperation with members of the Greek Digital Journal Archive (GDJA), a consortium of institutions in North America and Europe.


While translations of texts are ordinarily not eligible for Innovative Initiatives Grants, the Committee awarded $1,000 to Tina Bucuvalas (Florida Cultural Resources, Inc.) for the translation of her edited volume, Greek Music in America, because of the volume’s uniqueness. Published by the University Press of Mississippi (2018) and winner of the 2019 Vasiliki Karagiannaki Prize for Best Edited Volume in Modern Greek Studies, the book addresses a range of issues and genres not found in other scholarship. Its translation into Greek will vitally contribute to the transnational discussion about musical culture, open this field of study to further scholarship, and educate Greeks world-wide about the role that Greek Americans and Greek American studies have played in the development of Greek music. 

Congratulations to our colleagues! 

MGSA Fund for Innovative Initiatives

Biannual Submission Deadlines: October 1, April 1

This fund, for innovative initiatives in Modern Greek Studies, provides monetary support to institutions of higher learning and other professional organizations to support conferences, workshops, and other activities that promote Modern Greek Studies (including those of the Greek diaspora). Granted on a competitive basis, up to five grants will be awarded per academic year. Individual awards will range from $500 to $1,000. An institution may receive an award once every three years. Applications for support of individual activities will not be accepted.


Applicants should submit a brief proposal outlining their project in as much detail as possible (approximately 3 pages), including a project overview, a timeline for the project, and anticipated benefits to the field of Modern Greek Studies. Applications may also include a list of topics and speakers and evaluation forms to be completed by participants, if applicable. To apply, applicants must be current members of the Association. Applications should be submitted electronically to Vangelis Calotychos Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

Award recipients must mention the MGSA’s co-sponsorship of the event on all publications related to the event, including emails promoting and reporting on the event. Award recipients must list the MGSA as a co-sponsor of the event as well as of any future project(s) that ensue from the activity. Upon completion of the activity, organizers must also submit a brief report to the Executive Director of the Association. The report may be disseminated to the membership of the Association electronically as well as through the MGSA Bulletin.

The Selection Process

Following each submission deadline, the Executive Director of the Association sends all funding requests to the members of the selection committee for evaluation. The criteria used in making this evaluation include:

Up to three awards may be granted in the fall application cycle. The number of awards granted in the fall will determine the numbers of awards that are available in the spring. If three awards are granted in the fall, then as many as two awards may be granted in the spring. If two or fewer awards are granted in the fall, then as many as three awards may be granted in the spring cycle. Once decisions have been made, the chair announces the winners of the competition to the MGSA Executive Director and to the members of the Selection Committee. All applicants are notified in writing by the chair of the committee.

The Selection Committee

The selection committee is comprised of three voting members who serve a three-year term. Committee membership is limited to two consecutive three-year terms. A new chair must be appointed every three years. The three members of the committee must reflect the diversity of the MGSA in terms of gender, academic standing, and academic interests. The chair of the committee must be a member of the MGSA Executive Board. The other two members must be current members of the Association but not of the MGSA Executive Board. The committee is appointed by the chair following the first meeting of a new Executive Board in the fall and assumes its duties on January 1 of the following year. It continues to serve for three calendar years. In cases when a member of the committee has conflict of interest, a temporary member will be appointed to the committee for the voting cycle in question.

Past Winners of the Grant

Dr. Maria Boletsi (Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies, University of Amsterdam) & Dr. Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford) for a proposal to migrate, modernize and maintain a dedicated website for the project “Rethinking Modern Greek Studies in the 21st century: A Cultural Analysis Network.”

Dr. Maria Kaliambou (Hellenic Studies Program, Yale University) for the organization of a symposium titled “The Greek Revolution and Greek Diaspora in North America,” at Yale University, in Fall 2021.

Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly, and the "Greek Future Archive of Socialities under Quarantine" project.  October, 2020

Hellenic Education & Research Center & the Greek Epigraphic Society GIO. Translations with commentary of Ancient Greek inscriptions to modern Greek. October, 2019

Yiorgos Anagnostou & Christopher Brown, Ohio State University.
Student-produced audiovisual archive of interviews with Greek Americans, April 2018.

Vassiliki Rapti, Emerson College,
Interactive digital game for advanced language teaching, April 2016.

Martha Klironomos, San Francisco State University
A new online journal entitled
Ergon: A Journal of Greek American Transnational Studies, October 2015

Constanze Kolbe, Indiana University Bloomington, and
Paris Papamichos Chronakis, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective," Indiana University, Bloomington, October, 2015

Vasiliki Tsitsopoulou, Pioneering conference on “Early Cinema in the Balkans and the Near East: Beginnings to Interwar Period.” Athens June 4-5, 2015. Poster Program

Martha Klironomos, San Francisco State University and
Yiorgos Anagnostou, The Ohio State University

"Revisiting Ludlow: 100-Year Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre," SFSU, San Francisco, October 2014

Eleni Bastea, University of New Mexico, "Cultures of Exile: Conversations on Language and the Arts," October 2013

Marina Terkourafi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
“The Contemporary Piano IV: Impressions from Greece,” Spring 2012

Gregory Jusdanis Ohio State University
The Teaching of Modern Greek Literature: What are the Texts in the Class? May, 2010

Artemis Leontis, University of Michigan
Workshop on Modern Greek Language, March 2006.

Vangelis Calotychos, Columbia University
Symposium on Anagnostakis, April 2006.