Macedonian Cultural and Scientific Institutions

On this page we intend to present the profile of (eventually) all Cultural and Scientific Institutions throughout Greek Macedonia, including Associations, Museums and Universities. Data have been drawn mainly from Kanon: The Present of Sciences in Greece, 3rd issue 1997 (in Greek) prepared by the Organisation “Thessaloniki Cultural Capital of Europe 1997”.



Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies

Vlatadon Monastery
GR 546 34 Ayos Pavlos
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-202301

Founded by the Oecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1965, premises in Vlatadon Monastery. Has an important library and a collection of MSS on microfilm. Compiles bibliographies and MS catalogues and organises annual conferences on the history of Byzantine Thessaloniki. Publishes the periodical Klironomia.


Institute for Balkan Studies

31A, Megalou Alexandrou
GR 546 41 Thessaloniki Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-832143
WWW: http://www.hyper.gr/imxa/

Founded in 1953. Focuses on the history and culture of the Balkan peoples from antiquity to the present day, with particular emphasis on modern and contemporary international relations and the Macedonian Question. Collaborates with similar institutions in Europe and the Balkans. Publishes two periodicals: Valkanika Symmikta and Balkan Studies; also Valkaniki Vivliografia. Has published a large number of monographs, Balkan bibliographies, and historical sources. Organises lectures and conferences and offers courses in the Balkan languages and Russian. Has the largest specialised, computerised library on Balkan subjects in Greece, as also a small collection of archival material on the history of Macedonia between 1830 and 1912.

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Society for Macedonian Studies

2, Ethnikis Amynis
GR 546 21 Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-262051
WWW: http://www.hyper.gr/ems/

Concerned with the history of Macedonia from antiquity to the present day. Has a large library and an art gallery. Publishes the periodicals Ellinika and Makedonika, and the series Makedoniki Vivliothiki and Makedoniki Laiki Vivliothiki. Organises international, national, and local conferences on Macedonian history. The linguistics department was established by Professor N. Andriotis in 1976 for the purpose of collecting, recording, and researching idiomatic language material from all over Macedonia.

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Greek Historical Society

Founded in 1977 as the Greek branch of the International Society for Historical Sciences. Any Greek historian may become a member. Holds an open annual conference in Thessaloniki covering three subject areas: antiquity, the Byzantine period, and the modern era. The conference is an important step for young historians side by side with established researchers. Publishes the proceedings of the conferences and the periodical Vyzandiaka.

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Centre for Byzantine Research

36, Vassilissis Olgas
GR 546 21 Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece

Founded in 1966. Conducts research into five areas of Byzantine and post-Byzantine culture: archaeology, literature, history, law, and theology. The Department of Mediaeval Greek Literature is working on Emmanouil Kriaras’s (Greek) Lexicon of Mediaeval Popular Literature, 1100—1669. Has published the periodical Vyzandina since 1969, together with monographs by its researchers in the series Byzantine Texts and Studies.

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Hellenic Association for Slavic Studies

158, Egnatia
GR 546 21 Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-261135

Founded in 1975 for the purpose of researching and studying the Slavonic world, Greek-Slavonic relations, and the Greek-Byzantine legacy to the Slavs. Published the annual periodical Cyrillomethodianum (1971—94), containing historical, theological, and linguistic studies, and has organised a number of conferences.

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Association for the Study of Greek Jewry

Founded in 1991 for the purpose of studying the history of the Jews in Greece from antiquity to the present day. Focuses particularly on the arrival of the Jews from Spain in the east Mediterranean, chiefly in Thessaloniki towards the end of the 15th century, and the destruction of the Jewish communities by the Germans. Holds symposia and one-day conferences and publishes the proceedings and related studies.

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Greek Psychology Association

Founded in 1991 as a Panhellenic association based in Thessaloniki, its members all holding doctorates in psychology. The Association’s aim is to promote research into, and the teaching of, psychology, to maintain and develop scientific communication between psychologists, to propagate knowledge and experience in this field among the public, and to promote the mental health of the Greek people. Has organised scientific meetings and conferences in Thessaloniki, on Crete, in Patra, and in Athens, and has published the periodical Psycholoyia since 1992.

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Institute for Modern Greek Studies— Manolis Triandafyllidis Foundation

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
tel. +30-31-991356

Founded in 1959 with a bequest from the linguist Manolis Triandafyllidis with the aim of assisting the cultivation and use of the demotic language and promoting the education of the Greek people. Has published a great many authoritative studies on the modern Greek language. Was instrumental in establishing demotic as the official language of the state. Acts as an unofficial information centre for language-related questions and a point of contact with Neohellenists from abroad.

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Hellenic Association for Applied Linguistics

Founded in 1979. Has organised a number of international conferences on applied linguistics, and publishes the international annual Journal of Applied Linguistics / Efarmosmeni Glossoloyia, as also the periodical Bulletin.

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Hellenic Semiotics Association

Founded in 1978 as a vehicle for the latest trends in the study of forms of communication and meanings. Holds regular congresses, seminars, lectures, and one-day conferences, and publishes books and conference proceedings.

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Centre for Greek Language

1, Karamaouna
GR55132 Kalamaria, Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-459101
e-mail: jawz@lit.auth.gr

The Centre for the Greek Language is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1994 in Thessaloniki; it operates under the aegis of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and the shared responsibility of the Ministry of the Exterior and the Ministry of Culture.

In Accordance with Article 26 of Law 2083/1992, which established it, the aims of the Centre for the Greek Language are:

The Centre for the Greek Language acts as a co-ordinating, advisory and strategic instrument of the Ministry of Education on matters of language education and policy. It serves as a focal point of information on topics pertaining to language and coordinates communication among organizations, both within Greece and abroad, which deal with Greek language matters. Through the Centre for the Greek Language, the State demonstrates in practical terms its concern for the support and training in the field of language of Greeks abroad, return migrants and foreigners.

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Institute for International Public Law and International Relations

15, M. Alexandrou
GR 546 40 Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-841751

The institute was founded in 1966 and its activities include research in the areas of International Law and International Relations, the study of international issues of special interest to Greece, the study of Diplomatic Law and international organisations. A special branch of the institute deals with European Community Law. Moreover, the institute provides information concerning matters of International Law to ministries, courts of law, law preparation committees of the Justice Ministry and Parliamentary committees.

The institute is supported by the Greek State and maintains an extensive library and archive that have been enriched with generous contributions from European governments, such as those of France and Germany as well as from various International and European organisations. The institute maintains the only United Nations library in North Greece.

The institute accomplishes its goals through research in the areas of International Law and International Relations, with publications disseminating this research, talks, courses and consulting. The institute's and services are available to all interested scholars.

Since 1973 one of the most important activities of the institute has been the organisation of conferences with talks and seminars dealing with the most important contemporary issues of International Law and International Relations.

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Centre for International and European Economic Law

P.O.B 14
GR55102 Kalamaria, Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-473403
WWW: http://nomos.csd.auth.gr
e-mail: cieel@nomos.csd.auth.gr

Began operating in 1978. Has three aims: to promote basic and applied research into its subject; to propagate knowledge of its subject; and to provide advice and legal information on questions connected with international and European economic law. Has a law library of some 50,000 volumes and a lecture theatre. Is also involved in the publication of a number of periodicals.

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Centre for the History of Thessaloniki

26, Nikiforou Foka
GR 546 21 Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-264668

Founded in 1983 and comes under the administration of the Municipal Library. Focuses on the history of Thessaloniki from antiquity to the present day. Has held a number of exhibitions and conferences. Publishes the periodical Thessaloniki, monographs, and volumes of miscellanea. Has an archival collection, the most important section of which is the archive of the Municipality of Thessaloniki.

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Research Centre for Macedonian History and Documentation (KEMIT)

23, Proxenou Koromila
GR 546 22 Thessaloniki
Macedonia, Greece
tel. +30-31-229778
e-mail: kemit@mma.the.forthnet.gr

Created in 1988 as a department of the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for the purpose of studying the history of Macedonia in general under late Ottoman rule (1870—1912) and Greek Macedonia in particular. Produces microfilms and photocopies of material from Greek and European archives, compiles a bibliography on the history of Macedonia from the mid-18th century onwards, creates electronic data bases with electoral, statistical, and other historical information, and carries out research projects. Publishes archival material and studies and has a small specialised library.

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