Kostis Kornetis ProfileDr Kostis Kornetis

M.A. (London), PhD (EUI)

Teaching Associate in Modern European History

Twentieth-century comparative European history (esp. Southern Europe); transnational social movements; history of authoritarianism; memory of democratic transitions; conflict and materiality.


2019/20 Semester Two Office Hours: Mondays 17:00-18:00; Wednesdays 16:00-17:00



Kostis studied history in Munich, London and Florence. He taught European history at Brown University and New York University, and was Conex-Marie Curie Experienced Fellow at the Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, and Santander Fellow in Iberian Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

His teaching and research interests are rooted in 20th century comparative European history, specialising in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. His research covers the history of social movements, memories of genocide and dictatorships, and the ways in which these relate to current politics. He has published extensively on the history and memory of social movements in the European South and is currently working on a manuscript on the generational memory of the transitions to democracy in Spain, Portugal and Greece.

He has received grants from Carlsberg Foundation, the European Commission, the Latsis Foundation, NYU Global Research Initiatives, and others.


Research/Current Research

Kostis’ first book, Children of the Dictatorship (Berghahn Books 2013) placed the student resistance to Greek Colonels’ dictatorship (1967-74) within the larger context of world-wide student political action during the “long 1960s”. Based on an interplay between political and social, macro and micro, local and global, the book elucidates the circulation of radical ideas and cultural transfers that shaped Greek, and to some extent Southern European youth cultures, radical politics and socialisation.

In recognition of its innovative use of microhistory and transnational scholarship Children of the Dictatorship received the Edmund Keeley Book Award of the Modern Greek Studies Association in the US (2015). This research further produced a number of publications in high-ranking journals such as European Review of History (2015), Journal of Contemporary History (2015), and Journal of Modern Greek Studies (2017). An article on the public history of torture in Greece has been published in the journal Ricerche Storiche (2014).

In 2015 Kostis was awarded a Conex-Marie Skłodowska Curie Experienced Fellowship, based at the Universidad Carlos III, Madrid. The fellowship funded his research project, titled ‘Remembering Democratisation in Southern Europe’, on the collective memory of the democratic transitions in Spain, Portugal and Greece since the 1970s.

This research forms the core of his latest book manuscript, The Three Generations of Transition: Remembering Democratisation in Southern Europe, which he completed during his tenure as Santander Fellow in Iberian Studies at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2018-19). Its original findings draw on extensive fieldwork on individual and collective biographies and direct or aggregate memories to address the central questions of how post-authoritarian societies remember the radical past, and how the latter shapes the political space of the present. The manuscript is currently under review with OUP’s Academic History Series.

Outputs from this research have already been included in two volumes he has co-edited: Consumption and Gender in Southern Europe since the ‘Long 1960s’ (Bloomsbury Academic 2016) and Rethinking Democratisation in Spain, Greece and Portugal (Palgrave, St Antony’s Series, 2019).



2019 Rethinking Democratisation in Spain, Greece and Portugal, with Maria-Elena Cavallaro, London: Palgrave Macmillan/St Antony’s Series.

2016 Consumption and Gender in Southern Europe since the Long 1960s, with Eirini Kotsovili and Nikolaos Papadogiannis (eds), London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2015 Metapolitefsi. Greece at the Crossroads Between Two Centuries, with Effie Gazi and Manos Avgeridis (eds.), Athens: Themelio. In Greek.

2013 Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the “Long 1960s” in Greece, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books. [Greek translation 2015, Polis Publishers].

The book was reviewed in the following journals: American Historical Review, Contemporary European Studies, Oral History Review, Journal of Modern History, Political Studies, Democratization, South East European and Black Sea Studies, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Historein/Ιστορείν, Segle XX, Revista catalana d’història, Turkish Studies, Anagnoseis.


2013 Learning Culture Through City Soundscapes - A Teacher Handbook, co-authored with Eleni Kallimopoulou, Panagiotis C. Poulos and Spyros Tsipidis. Open Educational Resource http://sonor-cities.edu.gr.

Edited Issues of Journals

2017 Co-editor, “The Colonels’ Dictatorship and Its Afterlives”, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 35.

2015 Editor, “Re-Examining Democratic Transitions in Times of Crisis”, Historein, 15/1.

2009 Co-editor, “Historising 1968 and the Long Sixties”, Historein, 9, 2009.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2019 “Resisting the War that Never Was: Greek Cultural Expressions of Protest against the 1974 Turkish Invasion of Cyprus”, Journal of Contemporary European History, under review.

2019 “Projections Onto the Past: Memories of Democratisation in Spain and Portugal during the Great Recession”, Mobilization, accepted for publication.

2017 “Introduction: The Colonels’ Dictatorship and its Afterlives”, with Dimitris Antoniou, Katerina Stefatos, Anna-Maria Sichani, Journal of Modern Greek Studies 35, 481–512 (14).

2017 ““Magical Liturgy”. A History of Sound at the Kyttaro Music Club, 1970-1974”, with Eleni Kallimopoulou, Journal of Modern Greek Studies 35, 481–512.

2017 “« Le cinéma vécu ». Le film politique en Grèce et en Espagne parmi les générations des Long Sixties”, Monde(s) Histoire, Espaces, Relations, 11.

2017. “Grecia antes y despues del referendum. ¿Los niños mimados de la vieja Europa?”, Ayer, 107(3), 305-322.

2015 “Cuban Europe? Greek and Spanish tiersmondisme in the “long 1960s”, Journal of Contemporary European History, 50: 486-515.

2014 “Public History vis-à-vis the Issue of Torture Under the Colonels’ Regime in Greece”, Ricerche Storiche, 1: 81-100.

2015 “The End of a Parable? Unsettling the Transitology Model in the Age of Crisis”, Historein, 15/1.
2015 “Let’s Get Laid Because it’s The End of the World: Sexuality, Gender and the Spanish Left in Late Francoism and the Spanish Transition”, European Review History, 22/1: 162-176.

2014 “Is there a Future in this Past?': Analyzing 15M's Intricate Relation to the Transición”, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 15/5: 1-16.

Chapters in Books

2019 “Public History and the Revival of Repressed Sephardic Heritage in Thessaloniki”, in Trine Willert and Gerasimos Katsan (eds), Retelling the Past in Contemporary Greek Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, New York and London: Lexington, pp. 29-48.

2019 ““Restless” Generations in Dialogue”, with Luisa Passerini, in Restless Youth. Growing up in Europe, 1945 to now, 102-12, Brussels: House of European History.

2018 “Expropriating the Space of the Other: Property Spoliations of Thessalonikan Jews in the 1940s”, in Dirk A. Moses and Giorgos Antoniou (eds), The Holocaust in Greece, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 228-252.

2018. ““Tra Marat e Sade”. Ripensare il Sessantotto “decentrato”” in Grecia, Spagna e Portogallo”, en Sessantotto. Passato e presente dell’anno ribelle, Donatella della Porta (ed.), Giangiacomo Feltrinelli: Rome, pp. 107-134.

2017 “The Greek state mechanism and the management of Jewish properties in Salonica”, with Maria Kavala, in Evangelos Hekimoglou, Anna Maria Droumpouki (eds.), In the Aftermath of the Shoah, Jewish Museum of Salonica: Salonica (in Greek), pp. 125-139.

2016 “Documenting Post-authoritarian Subcultures in the European South: The Cases of Pedro Almodóvar’s Pepi, Luci, Bom and Nikos Zervos’ Dracula of Exarchia” in Kostis Kornetis, Eirini Kotsovili, Nikolaos Papadogiannis (eds.), Consumption and Gender in Southern Europe since the Long 1960s, London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 153-171.

2015 “From the Call to Prayer to the Silences of the Museum: Salonica’s Soundscapes in Transition”, with Eleni Kallimopoulou and Panagiotis C. Poulos, in Vassilis K. Gounaris, Dimitris Kairidis (eds.), A City in Transition. Salonica: 1912-2012, Salonica: Epikentro.

2015 “Social Movements: the State of the Art in Greece. From the Centre to the Periphery and back to the Centre: social movements changing theory in the case of Greece”, with Hara Kouki, in Guya Accornero and Olivier Fillieule (eds.), Social Movement Studies in Europe: A State of the Art, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 371-387.

2015 ““Les premiers mètres carrés de territoire grec libéré”: La Fondation Hellénique pendant la dictature des Colonels (1967-74)”, in Maria Gravari—Barbas (ed.), Histoire de la Fondation Hellénique de Paris, Paris: Kallimages, pp. 121-145.

2011 “Las transiciónes democráticas griega y española en retrospectiva”, in Carmen Frías, José Luis Ledesma, Javier Rodrigo (eds.), Reevaluaciones. Historias locales y miradas globales. Actas del VII Congreso de Historia Local de Aragón, Zaragoza: IFC, pp. 191-205.



HST3144/5: Ending the Cold War
HST202: Historians and History
HST6801: Research Skills for Historians
HST287: From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
HST117: The Making of the Twentieth Century
HST6062: Cold War Histories

Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Kostis has collaborated in the exhibition and catalogue of “Restless Youth: Growing in Europe, 1945 to Now” of the House of European History, Brussels. https://historia-europa.ep.eu/en/restless-youth

He also collaborated with Documenta 14 in Athens, 2016 https://www.documenta14.de/en/calendar/964/-6-memory-under-construction-towards-a-public-memory-of-torture-in-greece

He has also conducted the research and/or co-written the script for various historical documentaries, including Mataroa. The journey continues (2019) and Mussolini’s Dirty War (2008).

Administrative Duties

Current Administrative Duties

To follow.