Modern Greek Studies Association

Mary Ikoniadou

Ph.D. Candidate MIRIAD

Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University


2012 – Research fellow Design Department, Jan van Eyck Academie (post-academic institute for research and production in fine art, design and theory), Maastricht, Netherlands
2007-2008 – MA Graphic Design Communication (Distinction), Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK
1998-2001 – BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK
1997-1998 – Foundation in Art & Design, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK
1993-1995 – Diploma in Photography, European Studies of Photography (ESP), Athens, Greece

Principal Presentations and Publications

Book Chapter (forthcoming). Mary Ikoniadou, ‘We Are and We Remain Greeks’. The Radically Patriotic Discourse in Pyrsos Magazine, GDR, 1961–1968, In The Politics Of Culture In Turkey, Greece & Cyprus: Performing The Left Since The 1960s, edited by Leonidas Karakatsanis and Nikolaos Papadogiannis. London; New York: Routledge.

Conference Proceedings (forthcoming). Mary Ikoniadou, Re-claiming Greek national history in the GDR in the 1960s. The case of Pyrsos illustrated magazine. Collected volume, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin: Edition Romiosini/CeMoG.


Re-claiming Greece from within the GDR. Nikos Manousis and the visual economy of Pyrsos illustrated magazine, 1961-1968.
Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the time of the Iron Curtain, Barcelona September 8-9, 2016.

Re-presentations of the Greek Landscape. Fragments of historical time in Pyrsos magazine.
The 24th Symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA. October 15-18, 2015.

Die griechischsprachige Presse in der DDR: Das Beispiel der Zeitschrift „Pyrsos“.
Deutsch-griechische Beziehungen im ostdeutschen Staatssozialismus (1949-1989), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. April 22-23, 2015.

Images of Greekness; the visual and the imaginary in Pyrsos magazine, 1961-1968.

Jan Van Eyck Association Week 2014 (JVEA) and 8th Berlin Biennale. Crash Pad, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany. July 24, 2014.
Pyrsos illustrated magazine, GDR 1961-1968; Design and image as productive sites of (Greek) national consciousness within Socialist internationalism.

Unofficial histories, 2014. University of Huddersfield, UK. July 7, 2014.

The publishing of the Greek political refugees in the countries of former Socialist Europe’. Book History Research Network: Politics and the Power of Print. Chatham’s Library, University of Manchester. UK. October 30, 2012.


Common Senses, Symposium and two workshops on ‘the commons’. Co-organised (with Patrick Baxter) and chaired the event. Funded and hosted by MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art. Apr 2, 2014 and Apr 30, 2014.

Imagery of crisis, Symposium. Co-organised and chaired the event. Funded and hosted by the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands. November 6, 2012.

Art and Demonstrations; the Greek case. Art And Demonstrations: The Role Of Street Theatre In Mass Protests. Panel discussion, part of Ana Desetnica Street Theater Festival. Ljubljana, Slovenia. July 6, 2013.

How to do things with Academia, Copenhagen Interart Symposium. Organised by Goldsmiths College, University of Copenhagen and Freie Universitat Berlin. University of Copenhagen. 16-19 June 2011

Manchester School of Art
Manchester Metropolitan University 

Righton Building, Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG 
United Kingdom


Areas of Specialization

Visual Culture, Design History, Cultural History, Art History

Dissertation/Thesis working title and topic

(Image and text in the construction of Greek national imaginaries. Pyrsos illustrated magazine in the GDR, 1961–1968.)

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