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

"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.

Call for Papers

We invite abstract submissions for a 20-minute presentation and 10-minute Q&A from all scholars interested in Kazantzakis. To register your interest, please submit an abstract of max. 200 words to the following Microsoft Forms by October 1st, 2022:

Your name and affiliation should be included. We aim to respond no later than November 15th, 2022.

For further information, please contact Dr Lewis Owens via

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 one-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, on 30th June, 2023 and will follow the general outline of origins and context/text focus in the morning, and reception in the afternoon.

CCGS looks forward to hosting all the presenters for the entire conference, at which tea, coffee, and lunch will be provided. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any remuneration or reimbursement for lodging or transportation.