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The Cambridge Centre for Greek Studies is delighted to announce a conference celebrating the work of an icon of modern Greek literature, Nikos Kazantzakis.

Date and time:

Friday 30th June, 2023: 10:00h to 17:00h, and

Saturday 1st July, 2023: 09:00h to close.


Queens' College, Cambridge.


Click here to view the Conference Programme


"100 Years of Askitiki," will celebrate the centenary of the publication of his Askitiki (trans: The Saviours of God.) The conference will address many aspects of the work, and its context or interpretation, including but not limited to its presence in Kazantzakis’ other works, its reception in later Greek philosophy/politics/literature, its context (historical and autobiographical), and its interpretation.

We are pleased to confirm Professor Peter Bien, (Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College) as Keynote Speaker.

Describing the aims of the conference, organiser Dr Lewis Owens, alumnus of Queens' College, Cambridge and former President of the U.K. branch of the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis, said: "We encourage the discussion of the text from diverse perspectives, such as history, philosophy, comparative literature, Modern Greek literature, Classics, political studies, and others."

This two-day conference, and subsequent book, will mark Askitiki’s centennial by giving voice to the latest ideas about Kazantzakis’ work, and raising the profile of a figure who, in the words of Dr Owens, "...certainly deserves our attention."

It will be held at Queens’ College, Cambridge, commencing Friday 30th June, 2023 at 10:00h and closing at 17:00h on Saturday 1st July, 2023. To view the full programme, visit: 100 Years of Askitiki: The Centenary Conference Programme.

To register for this exciting event, click the button below. We look forward to welcoming you.

Friday, 30 June, 2023 - 10:00