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Anastassios (Tassos) Anastassiadis

Position: 
Assistant Professor of History & Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek Studies
Degree(s) and Education: 

Doctorat (Sciences-Po, Paris, 2006)

Office: 
Leacock, Rm 827
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 3:30pm - 5 pm, Wednesdays 1 pm - 3 pm, Thursdays 3:30 pm - 5 pm
Mailing Address: 

Leacock, Rm 827
Department of History 855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Telephone: 
514-398-4400 ext.094283
Email Address: 
tassos [dot] anastassiadis [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Professional Biography: 

After being admitted in Engineering School in Greece and wanting to study theoretical physics instead, I moved to the USA where I combined physics with philosophy. After having studied in the USA (B.A. Political Science, M.A. French Sociolinguistics, Middlebury College) and France (DEA History EHESS, DEA Political Science Sciences-Po, Agregation of History, and PhD in History, Sciences Po), and worked in France (teaching at Sciences-Po, EHESS, EPHE) and Greece (fellow of the French School in Archeology, Classical and Modern Greek Studies), I have been, since 2011,  Assistant Professor of History and Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek and Greek-Canadian Studies at McGill University in Canada. It is thus only natural that I have an interest in all aspects of schooling, educational systems and their  interactions. More precisely, my interests lie with the study of transnational networks of activists (religious and educational) and their role in institutional change and state formation, especially with regard to Greece within its Balkan and Mediterranean context in the modern era. I have recently edited or coedited 3 volumes on these topics and am under contract for a series of monographs. Since 2014, I have the honour to serve as a member of the Executive Board of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

Courses Taught: 

I am a historian of European and Mediterranean interactions and transactions and study the emergence of different modernities, between the 18th and mid 20th centuries. I use as my entry point Greece and the Greek-speaking world in their various synchronic relations to their Ottoman, Balkan and Mediterranean contexts and to the European imaginary. Thus, I teach entry level and lecture courses in European History ( HIST 215 - Modern European History , HIST 315 - Themes in World History , HIST 349 - Greece: From Ottoman to the EU ). I also offer upper level thematic seminars on my specialization areas such as education, religious and other interactions in the Eastern Mediterranean and its port cities ( HIST 436 - Topics: European History ), the history of state formation and institution building ( HIST 597D1 - Seminar: Modern Europe ), or the modern construction of Antiquity, i.e. a history of the development of archeology as a modern discipline, classics as an element of European education and culture, and tourism as a mass cultural consumption practice ( CLAS 404 - Classical Tradition , cross-listed as HIST 436 - Topics: European History ). I also believe that historians should think outside of the box and beyond chronological or geographical constraints of hyper-specialization. Thus, every now and then I like to honor some of my early career mentors and teach history of the Byzantium ( HIST 362 - Byzantine Hist&Historiography ), an essential past component of the modern Mediterranean and Europe, and I co-teach interdisciplinary seminars with colleagues from other departments ( HIST 585 - Theory for Historical Studies , cross-listed as PLAI 500 - Adv Interdisc Humanities Sem ). I also offer more specialized courses with a varying yearly topic on Modern Greek Culture and Society for students interested to delve further in Greek culture or to pursue a minor in Neo-Hellenic studies.