The 7th Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place at 3:15 pm on Saturday 17 May at the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. It will be followed at 4:30 pm by a lecture, open to all, by Professor Peter Mackridge. The lecture is entitled: "The Re-Hellenization of Greek since 1750".
Peter Mackridge was Professor of Modern Greek at Oxford University from 1996 until his early retirement in 2003. His research interests cover various areas in Greek language, literature and cultural history since AD 1100, but he specializes in the period since 1750. His current interests include the history of the Greek language, Greek language ideologies, and the history of Greek cultural nationalism, but also aspects of poetry such as versification. His translations of stories by the 19th-century authors Vizyenos and Papadiamandis and a collection of haikus by the 21st-century poet Haris Vlavianos are due to be published in 2014. Peter is an editor of the journal Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and a member of the editorial board of the Greek journal Kondyloforos. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Athens in 2008.