Following my undergraduate studies in History at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, I moved to London and received my MA in Contemporary History and Politics (with distinction in the dissertation) from Birkbeck, University of London in 2006. In 2010 I obtained my PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. Before joining the staff at Bangor in January 2017, I have worked as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin and a Teaching Fellow at the School of History of the University of St Andrews.
I am currently a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society as well as of the Higher Education Academy. I have also served in 2016 as Co-Director of the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History of the University of St Andrews (ITSH), with which I am still affiliated as an external member. I am also a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
My research focuses on Europe in the 1960s and 1970s from a transnational perspective. My research interests include protest cultures, travel, youth lifestyles, gender, sexuality, migration, emotions and European identities. My doctoral thesis offered a cultural history of politics, examining left-wing youth politics in relation to leisure and sexuality in post-authoritarian Greece in the 1970s. For further details, see my profile on academia.edu.
- Transnational Youth Exchange Programmes and West German Youth Lifestyles, 1950s-1980s
The West German state placed emphasis on transnational youth exchange programmes from its establishment as a means of establishing close ties with other “Western” nations. My project examines the aims and impact of these exchange programmes, analyzing the extent to which they influenced youth lifestyles and informal cross-border tourism. The latter became increasingly popular among young people in West Germany from the 1960s on, but has largely been neglected in historical research. The project is simultaneously a history from above and from below: it helps illuminate the shaping of West German cultural diplomacy and of youth cultures in the context of the Cold War. The first stage of this project was funded by an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. A relevant article has been recently published in the Journal of Contemporary History.
- The radicalisation of Greek migrants in West Germany, 1960s-1970s
This project analyses the impact of left-wing ideas and cultures on migrants of Greek origin residing in West Germany. It considers the impact of diverse conditions, especially of the protests around 1968 as well as of the establishment and the collapse of the Greek dictatorial regime. Part of this research has been published as an article in Contemporary European History. Expanding on a body of literature that explores the transnational dimensions of protest movements in the 1960s and the 1970s, this article addresses left-wing migrants of Greek origin living in West Germany. It demonstrates that these transnational dimensions were not mutually exclusive with the fact that at least some of those protestors felt that they belonged to a particular nation.
- Director of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes of the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences (since August 2018)
- Administrator of the website of the School of History and Archaeology (2017-18)
- Member of the Admissions Team, School of History and Archaeology, Bangor University (since 2017)
- Organiser of the “Left-wing Cultures in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus since the 1960s” at Bangor University, 3 May 2017.
- Co-director and co-organiser of the activities of the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History, University of St Andrews, August 2016-January 2017.
- Convener of the Late Modern History Seminar, School of History, University of St Andrews, August 2016-January 2017.
- Co-organiser of the international interdisciplinary workshop “Tourism and Mobility in Greece during the 20th century”, Athens, 20 December 2013.
- Co-organiser of the international interdisciplinary conference “Between Commerce, Education and Adventure. Tourist experience in Europe since the Interwar Period”, Potsdam, 19-20 September 2013, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
- Co-convener of the international interdisciplinary conference “Complexities of European Identities”, CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), University of Cambridge, 20-21 November 2009. The conference was funded by the CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).
- Co-convener of the international interdisciplinary conference “‘The personal is political’: Politics, Lifestyle and Culture in Europe in the 1970s”, 26-27 August, 2009, University of Cambridge. The conference was funded by the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge as well as the Society for Modern Greek Studies.
- Co-convener of the graduate conference “Gender and Identity in contemporary Greece”, which took place on 18 October 2008 in Oxford. The conference was funded by the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge, Department of Modern Languages of the University of Oxford and Society for Modern Greek Studies.
- Among the founding members and group leader of the Contemporary (post-1945) History Workshop at the University of Cambridge in 2008-09. In this academic year, the workshop attracted the Doctoral Student Workshop Fund, which enabled us to cover the cost of the keynote lecture delivered by Dr M Conway.
- Among the founding members as well as member of the steering group of the interdisciplinary research group “European Encounters and Identities”. The group ran from October 2008 to June 2010 at the University of Cambridge, funded by the CRASSH. Website: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/page/188/european-identities.htm .
Public engagement/Impact-related activities
a) Strengthening social connectivity among migrants and the indigenous population in Britain
b) The promotion of socially sustainable mass tourism
I have contributed to The Conversation, the Foreign Affairs, the Project Syndicate and the Journal of Modern Greek StudiesOccasional Papers. I have been interviewed by journalists working for German as well as for Greek radio stations (Deutschlandfunk and ERA, respectively).
I have presented alongside Elli-Maria Charalampidou on how to approach “sustainability” in a nuanced manner in the context of the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April 2017 as well as in the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Fringe Festival, 27 August 2017. The latter show is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiFdRbkm420&t=2119s(Part 1) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmpGFC17ic0&t=5s (Part 2).
I have been consulted and interviewed by the directors of the documentary entitled “Voices of the city”, Thessaloniki, April 2013. The documentary explores the contemporary history of Thessaloniki and has been produced and directed by a number of high school teachers of history residing in that city and aimed at high school pupils and their parents.
I have co-created and I have been running alongside sociologist and journalist D Notarakis the blog entitled “Salty Decks. Back packs, slow ferries and vivid memories. Maritime Youth Travel in the Mediterranean since the 1960s”: https://saltydecks.wordpress.com/
Finally, I have participated in public workshops as well as delivered public lectures on migration from Southern to Northern Europe as well as on the current crisis in Southern Europe.
Name: Nikolaos Papadogiannis, BA (Thessaloniki), MA (London), PhD (Cantab), FRHistS, FHEA, Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, external Fellow of the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History of the University of St Andrews
Location: Room T18, Main Arts building
1) 2012-2013: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2 years. Project: the history of youth tourism in West Germany and Greece from a comparative and transnational perspective during the 1960s. Value: around £65,000.
2) 2017: Small grant by the Contemporary Social History Archives (Greece) to produce an article on culture in post-1974 Greece.
3) 2018, Council for European Studies Small Events grant (secondary proposer): Grant that enabled the organisation of a series of public events on the history of migration, Glasgow, November 2018. Value: 1000 US dollars.