Professor Christina Koulouri

Christina Koulouri is Professor in Modern and Contemporary History, director of the Research Center on Modern History at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences (Athens, Greece), and Chair of the History Education Committee of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE). She studied at the University of Athens, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Paris I - Panthéon – Sorbonne, where she also received her PhD. Author of several books and articles in Greek, English and French on the teaching of history, the history of historiography, school textbooks, national identity and the history of sports. She is also the editor of four workbooks (alternative educational materials) for the teaching of modern and contemporary history in Southeast Europe. She was a member of the project group of the Council of Europe on “Learning and Teaching the History of Europe of the 20th century” (1996-2000) and also member of the project group “Shared History Project» studying both the Greek and the Turkish perspectives on the burning of Smyrna/Izmir (1922), Columbia University (U.S.A.), Panteion University of Athens and Sabanci University of Istanbul (2000-2001). Lecturer at many international conferences in Greece, Western and Southeast Europe, USA, Japan, Taiwan and China. Coordinator of the project «Classifying and registering the historical archives of the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) and of the International Olympic Academy (IOA)». Coordinator of the team of historians from five Balkan countries for the project “Balkan Tale” (exhibition of photos of Ottoman monuments, a publication, an internet site, and educational plans and pack), funded by Goethe Institute (2011). Senior Research Fellow at the Research Unit (Unité Mixte de Recherche) of the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne IRICE (Identités, Relations Internationales et Civilisations de l’Europe) in 2010. She is also a member of Greek and international academic societies and of the academic editorial teams of international journals. 




  1. Ιστορία και Γεωγραφία στα ελληνικά σχολεία (1834-1914). Γνωστικό αντικείμενο και ιδεολογικές προεκτάσεις. Ανθολόγιο κειμένων - Βιβλιογραφία σχολικών εγχειριδίων.      [History and Geography at Greek schools, 1834-1914], Athens 1988, 789 p.; also accessible online:

  1. Η Βιβλιοθήκη της Σχολής Καρτσιώτη στον Αγιο Ιωάννη Κυνουρίας. Από την προεπαναστατική στη μετεπαναστατική σχολική βιβλιοθήκη [The library of Castriotis School at Saint John of Kynouria. The transition from the pre-revolutionary to the post-revolutionary school library], Astros 1991, 144 p.
  2. Dimensions idéologiques de l'historicité en Grèce (1834-1914). Les manuels scolaires d'histoire et de géographie, Franfurt, Studien zur Geschichte Südosteuropas 7, 1991, 612 p.
  3. Μύθοι και σύμβολα μιας εθνικής επετείου. Πανηγυρικός Λόγος στον επίσημο εορτασμό της 25ης Μαρτίου. [Myths and symbols of a national day], Komotini 1995, 35 p.
  1. Τα πρόσωπα του Καποδίστρια. Ο πρώτος Κυβερνήτης της Ελλάδας και η νεοελληνική ιδεολογία 1831-1996 [ThefacesofCapodistria. The first Greek Governor and modern Greek ideology, 1831-1996], Athens 1996 (co-author: Christos Loukos), 285 p.
  2. Αθλητισμός και όψεις της αστικής κοινωνικότητας. Γυμναστικά και αθλητικά σωματεία (1870-1922) [Sportsandmiddleclasssociability. Gymnastic and sport clubs, 1870-1922], Athens 1997. 444 p. also accessible online:

  1. Sport et société bourgeoise. Les associations sportives en Grèce 1870-1922, Paris : L’Harmattan, 2000, 301 p. 


  1. Teaching the History of Southeastern Europe, 4 volumes, Thessaloniki: CDRSEE, 2001, 111 p. (editor and introduction); also accessible online:
  2. Clio in the Balkans. The Politics of History Education, Thessaloniki: CDRSEE, 2002, 550 p. (editor and introduction); also accessible online:
  3. ArchivesandHistoryoftheHellenicOlympicCommittee, Athens: InternationalOlympicAcademy, 2002, 160 p. (editor and introduction); also in Greek.
  4. Athens, OlympicCity, 1896-1906, Athens: InternationalOlympicAcademy, 2004 (editor and introduction); also in Greek, 399 p.
  5. Teaching Modern Southeast European History. Alternative Educational Materials, vol. 1-4, Thessaloniki: CDRSEE, 2005 (series editor, general introduction and co-editor of volume 3) –translated into Serbian, Albanian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Greek, and Turkish; also accessible online:
  6. The International Olympic Academy. A History of an Olympic Institution, Athens: International Olympic Academy, 2007, 276 p. (co-editor and introduction); also in Greek. Second edition (only in English): Athens: International Olympic Academy, 2011, 288 p. 

ARTICLES in English and French

  1. Les manuels scolaires dans l'état grec 1834-1937, in A. Choppin (dir.), Manuels scolaires, états et sociétés, XIXe-XXe siècles: Histoire de l΄éducation 58 (mai 1993), p. 9-26
  2. Research on Greek textbooks: a survey of current trends, Paradigm 14, September 1994, pp. 25-30.
  1. L’image de l’ «autre» national dans les manuels scolaires grecs au tournant du XIXème siècle, Revue des Etudes Sud-Est Européennes 33 (1995), pp.15-22.
  2. L’identité nationale grecque à travers les manuels scolaires. Métamorphoses (1830-1995), Internationale Schulbuchforschung 3 (1996), pp. 323-349.
  3. Voluntary associations and new forms of sociability: Greek sports clubs at the turn of the 19th century, in Ph. Carabott (ed.), Greek Society in the Making, 1863-1913: Realities, Symbols and Visions, London, Variorum, 1997, pp. 145-160.
  4. Sports clubs in fin-de-siècle Greece. Voluntary associations and bourgeois sociability, in University of Leicester. The Centre for Research into Sport and Society, M.Sc. in the Sociology of Sport. Reading 11, Leicester 1998, pp. 219-236.
  5. Entre l΄Orient et l΄Occident: les avatars de l΄identité nationale grecque, in Le sentiment national en Europe: Historiens et Géographes 362 (févr. 1999), 209-217.
  6. Athleticism and Antiquity: Symbols and Revivals in nineteenth-century Greece, The International Journal of the History of Sport 15 / 3 (Dec. 1998), 142-149.
  1. Le village et la ville: le Grèce imaginaire dans les manuels scolaires du XXe siècle, STRATES Matériaux pour la recherche en sciences sociales, 10 (mai 2001), 157-172.
  1. The Hour of the Revival and the Holding of the Modern Olympic Games in Athens; On the Path to the Revival in Athens in the Late Nineteenth Century. The First International Olympic Games, Athens: Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, 2004.
  2. New Challenges for the Study of Modern Greek History inThe 1st LSE PhD Symposium on Modern Greece: “Current Social Science Research on Greece”, London School of Economics, electronic publication:
  3. L’enjeu national et international des Jeux d’Athènes pour la Grèce de 1896 in P.Milza-Fr. Jequier-Ph. Tétart (ed.), Le pouvoir des anneaux. Les Jeux olympiques à la lumière de la politique 1896-2004, Paris: Vuibert, 2004, 61-82.
  4. Athleticism, Society and Identity: A Survey of Scholarly Debate, in Imeros 5.1, 2005, 333-343.
  5. The Inside View of an Outsider:Greek Scholarship on the History of the Olympic Games, Journal of Sport History vol.32, number 2 (summer 2005), 401-412.
  1. The First Modern Olympic Games at Athens, 1896 in the European Context in European Studies, vol.5, 2006, ZentrumfüDeutschland- und Europastudien, University of Tokyo, 59-76.
  2. The common past of a divided region: Teaching Balkan history in European Studies, vol.5, 2006, Zentrum für Deutschland- und Europastudien, University of Tokyo, 17-27.
  3. Le Comité Olympique Hellénique: archives et histoire in Le sport: de l’archive à l’histoire, Actes de colloque, Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, Besançon 2006.
  4. Clio chez elle : l’histoire des Balkans revisitée, traduction française par Patrick Clastres, Histoire@Politique. Politique, culture, société, N°2, septembre-octobre 2007,
  5. History Teaching and Peace Education in Southeast Europe, Hitotsubashi Journal of Arts and Sciences 50/1 (December 2009), 53-63. 
  1. The symbolism of Olympia and the Olympic Games of Athens 1896 and 2004, in 47th International Session for Young Participants 19 June-3 July 2007. Proceedings, Ancient Olympia: IOA, 2009, 91-106.
  2. From Antiquity to Olympic Revival: Sports and Greek National Historiography (Nineteenth-Twentieth Centuries), International Journal of the History of Sport, 27: 12 (2010), 2014 — 2052.
  1. The Joint History Project books: an alternative to national history?, in How to (Re)Write European History? History and Text Book Projects in Retrospect, ed. by Oliver Rathkolb, Innsbruck-Wien: Studienverlag, 2010.
  2. Sport et olympisme : une histoire partagée entre la France, la Grèce et l'Europe, in 27 leçons d’histoire, Paris : Seuil, 2009, 191-199.
  3. Teaching ‘Victims’: History and Memory in the Classroom, Der Donauraum, Zeitschrift des Institutes für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, 51. Jahrgang 1/2011: Remembrance Culture, Politics of Memory and Education in Europe, 55-64.

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