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The Master’s Programme in "Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, Economics" has recently celebrated more than 20 years since its introduction, we decided to circulate a brief survey investigating the trajectories of our students and the impact of this programme on their careers and lives. This survey was organised by Dr Nassia Yakovaki (Historian and member of the Coordinating Committee) with the collaboration and technical support of Dr Anna Tsalapatanis (Social Researcher and alumna of the class of 2011). This brief document provides a summary of the responses that were collected in February 2020, and we warmly thank all those who took part. Students Survey


Alumnus Network

The Alumnus Network was created to help our 530 former students from 41 countries to stay in touch with each other and with the Programme.


To mark its tenth anniversary, the Postgraduate Programme in SEE studies launched SEE Alumnus, a special newsletter for our alumni, which was given a warm welcome by alumni and staff. Since then three SEE Alumnus newsletters circulated.

Issue #1   Issue #2   Issue 3


Within the context of the Postgraduate Programme in SEE studies, a series of Alumni lectures have been launched which allows our Alumni to maintain contact with the Programme and to meet current students.

  • March  20, 2015: a Guest lecture on "Nativism, Disavowal and Ambivalence: Material Culture and Social Imagination in the Debt Crisis" was given by Dr. Konstantinos Kalantzis (PhD UCL). This lecture explored the debt crisis from the scope of visual and material culture. It aims at giving students a sense of the ethnographic problematic on the debt crisis, which diverges from accounts of the crisis as a problem of economics and quantitative data. Instead, I turn to realms such as people’s daily practices, inscriptions in space, popular photographs and negotiations of landscape and examine how people imagine the nation-state, how they perceive of Europe, how they approach questions of tutelage and further how they resort to historical figures in understanding and experiencing the present.

  • March  20, 2015: The Master Programme in Southeast European Studies - University of Athens  organized  the preliminary presentation of the collective volume of INTER ALIA  http://www.interaliaproject.com/  "An Agenda for the Western Balkans: From Elite Politics to Social Sustainability"by Nikolaos Papakostas  (Alumnus 2007-2008) and Nikolaos Pasamitros,. editors of the volume.  This Volume deals with the contemporary political and social landscape of the Western Balkans. One of the contributors is Dr. Tonka Kostadinova (Alumnus 2010-2011).

  • November 2014: lecture of Dr. Tonka Kostadinova (Assistant Professor in Modern Bulgarian History, National Museum of Military History, Sofia and ex SEE Alumnus) on "60 Years Diplomatic Relations between Greece and Bulgaria:Challenges and Potentials of the Reconciliation Process

  • November 2012: Discussion with a Delegation from Kosovo (under UNSC Resolution 1244) on "Civil society in post-1999 war Kosovo”.

  • April 2012: lecture of Associate Professor Christos Papazoglou (Panteion University and Consultant at the Bank of Greece) on “The euro area sovereign debt crisis and the economies of SEE”.

  • March 2011: lecture of Professor Jan Zelonka’s (Oxford Univeristy) on “The European Union as Empire” was the Alumnus event of the year.

  • May 2010: lecture of Professor Boron Bronza, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Bosnia and Herzegovina and Europe- Centuries of Belonging

  • April 2009: lecture of Dr David Landsman, OBE, Ambassador of the United Kingdom, “Europe in the Balkans or the Balkans in Europe? Some British Reflections”.


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