Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michalis Psalidopoulos

The global economic crisis of 2008 and the battle of economic ideas

psalidopoulos-photo_smallProf. M.Psalidopoulos is, since June 2015, Alternate Executive Director at  the International Monetary Fund and a Professor of the History of Economic Thought at the Department of Economics, University of Athens, Greece. He was Scientific Director of the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) in Athens(2015), and a  Visiting Professor at the The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2010-2014).  He earned his first degree in Economics from the University of Athens and pursued postgraduate studies in politics, sociology, and economics at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Duke University in 1993, a Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University in 1996, and a Visiting Research Professor at King’s College, London in 1998. His research focuses on national traditions in the History of Economics and the relation between economic thought and economic policy. Prof. Psalidopoulos has written extensively in his academic field of expertise. His latest books include Desperate supervisors. American Economists in Greece, 1947-53( 2013, in Greek) , History of the Bank of Greece, 1927-2008 ( 2014, in Greek) , The German Historical School and European Economic Thought (Routledge 2015) and Development models in Greece ( Ed , 2016 in Greek).

Discussion Panel:

Prof. Eirini Cheila
The economic crisis of 2010 and foreign policy dilemmas


Prof. E.Cheila is Professor of International Politics and former Head of the Department of International, European and Area Studies at Panteion University (Athens, Greece), as well as Vice President of the State Scholarships Foundation (2014 -2016 ). She has served as a Visiting Professor at Paris II Panthéon –Assas (2010 -2011), a Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (1996) and at the Institut Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin (2007). She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She has published extensively in Greek, French an d English on issues related to foreign policy, crisis management and multilateral diplomacy. Her most recent book is titled International Crises toward the 21st Century. Questions of Theory and Management (in Greek).

Dr. Christos Shiamptanis
Austerity Measures: Do they avert solvency crises?


Dr. C.Shiamptanis is Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research interests are concentrated on fiscal sustainability issues and solvency crises. His research papers were published in the European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Economic Inquiry. His teaching experience includes Macroeconomics, International Economic Relations, and Growth of the Global Economy. He also has experience working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the European Central Bank and Central Bank of Cyprus, where he developed econometric forecasting models. Additionally, he worked as an Economist at TD Bank where he conducted research on the U.S. economy.

Dr. Othon Alexandrakis
An Anthropology of Resilience: Exploring Hellenic Topographies of Crisis

othon-e1489596130477.jpgDr. O.Alexandrakis is Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, York University. His primary areas of research include emergent and contested identities, citizenship, migration and governance. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in and around Athens, Greece, among various populations that live in that city, including undocumented migrants (mostly from West Africa), anti-establishment youth and the Roma (Gypsy) community. His research and teaching has been inspired by the following question: how do unconventional citizens, that is individuals considered to be outside juridical categories of citizenship and/or socio-historical prescriptions of civil collective, contribute to processes of social change?

Moderator: Dr. Sakis Gekas

gekasDr. S.Gekas is Associate Professor and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History at York University. Sakis has written on the Ionian Islands under British rule, on merchants and ports in the Mediterranean, and the economic history of nineteenth-century Greece. His recent publications include: Xenocracy. State, Class and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands 1815-1864. Sakis is the co-director of the Greek Canadian History Project and he is currently researching the history of Greeks in Canada before WWII.