Dimitris Antoniou

Lecturer in Modern Greek History and Culture

Associate Director, Stavros Niarchos Public Humanities Initiative

503 Fayerweather Hall
Office hours: Tuesday 12:00pm -2:00pm & by appointment
Phone: (212)-854-4576


Research Interests

  • History and anthropology of Modern Greece

  • State operation

  • Political imagination

  • Architecture and public space

  • Classical reception in authoritarian regimes

  • Greek film

  • Museum ethnography and curatorial studies

Dimitris Antoniou (D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2011) studied theology at the University of Athens, anthropology at Princeton, and oriental studies at Oxford. Before joining the Program in Hellenic Studies, he was Faculty Research Fellow at Oxford, Hannah Seeger Davis Fellow at Princeton, and National Bank of Greece Fellow at LSE. 

His research draws on anthropological and historical approaches to examine state operation and the making of public history in Greece. In particular, Dimitris studies unrealized government initiatives and failed architectural projects.  His monograph, The Mosque That Wasn’t There: Islam and the Politics of Imagination in Contemporary Greece (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press), explores the state’s failure to construct a mosque. Recent articles examine spatial absence and encounters with the unthinkable in the scholarly investigations of Greece’s dictatorial past. Dimitris is co-director of Columbia Summer in Greece: Athens Curatorial Project and curator of the Columbia University Libraries special collection Greek Underground Press.

Selected Publications

“The Mosque and the Church: Structures, Counter-Structures, and the Topology of Identity.” In Kateryna Botanova, Christos Chrissopoulos, and Jurriaan Cooiman (eds), Culturescapes Greece, Basel: Christopher Meriam Verlag, pp. 66-75, 2017.

(with Eleni Kouki) “Making the Junta Fascist: Anti-Dictatorial Struggle, the Colonels, and the Statues of Ioannis Metaxas.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 35(2): 451-480, 2017.

“Unthinkable Histories: The Nation’s Vow and the Making of the Past in Greece.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 34(1): 131-160, 2016.

Crisis, History, Complicity.” In Stefanos Tsivopoulos and Hilde de Bruiijn (eds.), Archive Crisis, Heijningen: Jap Sam Books, pp. 9-19, 2015.