Arise Professor Karalis
Vrasidas Karalis awarded university's highest honour
After eight years as an Associate Professor, Vrasidas Karalis was promoted to a full Professor this week for his outstanding work in leading Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney.
Karalis told Neos Kosmos that he was delighted to receive the promotion. "I'm very happy. It's a recognition of what we've been doing as a department, as well as recognition on a personal level," said the Greek-born Sydney academic. "It's the highest honour and it gives more prestige to Modern Greek Studies within the university."We will be represented at the highest level of the decision-making process within the administration and that's very important".
Karalis will become one of only six professors within the School of Languages and Cultures that sits within the university's Arts and Social Sciences Faculty. Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty told Neos Kosmos that Karalis' promotion was hard-earned and thoroughly deserved. "The reason why Vras has been promoted is because of the quality of his scholarship, his teaching and his leadership, not just in Modern Greek but the Arts Faculty more generally. "His peers have recognised his outstanding work and it's not a position that comes automatically at all. It's a careful process.
"He's a real groundbreaker in Modern Greek Studies. If you look at his track-record in terms of his Journal of Modern Greek Studies, his most recent book - the first modern treatise on Greek cinema and many other projects, his commitment has been top-notch. Ivison praised Karalis' success in globalising the university's work in Modern Greek Studies. "That's distinctive about what Vras does, and it's really what we're trying to do as a Faculty. "Putting Modern Greek Studies in a much broader framework, taking it out to the world - it's incredibly valuable for Greek public culture, both here in Australia and in Greece."
Ivison said a full Professorship was awarded for hard work, for the quality of an applicant's scholarship, and in recognition of the applicant establishing an international reputation in their field. "We care about our professors getting out into the public culture and making a difference. Vras has been exemplary in that respect." For more than 20 years Karalis' main areas of research have been in Modern Greek, Byzantine, Cultural Studies and European Studies.
He has also worked in translation, especially of the Australian Nobel Laureate Patrick White and translated three of White's works into Greek. In April his pioneering book A History of Greek Cinema was launched at the 30th Greek Festival of Sydney, the first definitive history of film making in Greece covering the period 1912 to the present day.
- Register Now
- 'The Marbles to be returned to Greece'
- Melbourne goes Greek for a week in November
- Greece's best young female athlete for 2015 now calls Australia home
- A taste of Kalymnos in Adelaide
- Perth Glendi returns
- An online ark for the Hellenic diaspora
- 'A woman really wants to be a goddess on her day'
- Independent Greek short film 'Kythera Mon Amour' to premiere in Sydney
- "Hang Them"
- AHEPA holds 62nd national convention in Brisbane
- Greek grandmother receives Nobel Peace Prize nomination
- A Big Fat Greek High Tea for Emily
- A dream wedding in Santorini
- 'The Marbles to be returned to Greece'
- Growing up Greek in Australia
- Nine-year-old Greek boy enters uni
- Parents in trouble: 'Just wait until Pappou and Yiayia hear about this!'
- 'Mum, please send me to Greek school!'
- Wounds still open, Bali bombing survivor opens her heart
- Eight common misconceptions by Greeks looking to live and work in Australia
The resemblance to the footwear worn in 2016 is surprisingly not all that different.
The funds will be put towards programs expected to create a positive, long-lasting impact on Greek society.
The Society of Kratero launches its community book.
Through a revolutionary program it is hoped the majority of children and young people will be reunited with their families, or get family-like placements.
After being photographed on the island of Lesvos feeding a Syrian refugee baby, Emilia Kamvysi, 86, has become a symbol of Greek generosity.
A passionate Greek girl's ongoing success story is all about 'never giving up'.
The Melbourne derby headlines the second round this weekend.
The debut performance saw the group, featuring five new faces with different musical influences and origins.
No longer the indie island that it was in the '90s.
Fotis Kapetopoulos reflects on why travel makes our politicians more effective.
The 12th-seed has been slammed as 'pathetic' and 'a total disgrace'.
Fans lining up for Christopher Papakaliatis' drama Worlds Apart.
The filmmaker speaks candidly about the challenges of making a feature film during the financial crisis, and how it has inspired philanthropy.
Postecoglou laments wasted opening half.
Claire Aristides speaks to Neos Kosmos about her success as a jewellery designer and the gift of motherhood.
Neos Kosmos' Kostas Deves also awarded.
Despite the rising unemployment rate, hospitality venues are faced with 'picky' job seekers and are finding takers abroad, including Greece.
Marchesa is giving brides something different, with its Fall 2017 collection inspired by the Greek goddesses of antiquity.