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UCLA: “Memory, Conflict and Democratization in Post-Junta Greece”

“Memory, Conflict and Democratization in Post-Junta Greece”
lecture by Professor Kostis Kornetis
(Autonomous University of Madrid)   

April 11, 2023
4:00 p.m.
306 Royce Hall, UCLA


Moderated by Simos Zenios, Associate Director, UCLA SNF Hellenic Center Reception to follow.

In this talk, Professor Kostis Kornetis discusses how distinct political generations experienced and remember the transition from authoritarianism to democracy in Greece, known as Metapolitefsi, since 1974. Its central claim is that the 2008-2012 economic and social crisis triggered a radical re-evaluation of democratization by turning the conflicting generational recollections of these events into pivotal components of current political contestation.

Professor Kornetis teaches contemporary history at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). He has taught at Brown University, New York University, and the University of Sheffield, and was CONEX-Marie Curie Experienced Fellow at Carlos III, Madrid, and Santander Fellow in Iberian Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

This event is the second in a series of events held in collaboration with the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for this pilot program, which seeks to create networks across the West Coast of North America and between the West Coast and Greece. For more information about this collaboration, please visit

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