World War I has been the turning point towards the birth of Contemporary Europe. It signaled the crucial end of the Empires and the shift towards new perspectives. The artistic and cultural output of the period in discussion has been rich and diverse, something that has been partially reflected on the scope of projects such as Europeana 1914-1918 , Europeana Migration and others.

The conference poster: created by Andreas Vakalios


“The Birth of Contemporary Europe: World War I, Music and the Arts”
International Conference, 9 – 11 November 2018, Athens, Greece

In this international multidisciplinary conference
, we expect to discuss several issues that have to do with artistic and cultural manifestations and their connection to music and sound in general, which occur both during, but also after, the end of the Great War.
In this wide perspective the presented papers will focus on issues such as (but not limited to):

  • Music and Visual Arts
  • Cinema, moving image, sound and music
  • Literature and musical settings
  • Painting, new techniques and the avant-garde idiom and their connection to music
  • Folk and demotic idioms and gestures reflected on music
  • The popular element in music
  • Music and Society during the Great War and after
  • Philosophical concepts on music and the Great War
  • Cultural history of Europe during the period of World War I, focusing on musical aspects

You may see and download the Conference Program here

Parallel events
20:30 Event at Mitropoulos Hall in Athens Concert Hall [delegates only]
Holger Falk – Julius Drake
«Jeune homme de vingt ans»
For the celebration of 100 years from the end of WW1
Song cycles of Francis Poulenc in poetry Guillaume Apollinaire and The Hollywood Songbook of Hans Eisler in poetry Bertolt Brecht
20:30 Athens Concert Hall [tickets]
Europeana Collection Days on Migration [Participate here]
10:00-18:00 National Library of Greece

Guided tour on the Collections of the National Historical Museum
11:15-13:00 National Historical Museum
20:30-22:00 Concert of University of Athens Choir


Keynote speaker confirmed!

The Keynote speaker of the Conference is Dr. Christina Bashford, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Classical Studies in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Bio]. The participation of Dr. Bashford is supported by the American Embassy in Athens.

Organizers & Conference Program


You may explore the Conference Program here.


Katy Romanou, European University Cyprus
Chrysothemis Stamatopoulou-Vasilakou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Minas I. Alexiadis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Iakovos Michaelides, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
Tatjana Markovic, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Jay Winter, Yale University
Antonio Baldassarre, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
John Mullen, University of Rouen
Anastasia Siopsi, Ionian University
Kostas Chardas, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
Giorgos Sakallieros, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
Christina Bashford, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaigne
Konstantinos Raptis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Emma Hanna, University of Kent
Nikos Maliaras, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Ioannis Drinis, Ministry of Culture, Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage
Villy Fotopoulou, Ministry of Culture, Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage
Alexandros Charkiolakis, The Friends of Music Society
Valia Vraka, Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society
Stephanie Merakos, Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society
Filippos Mazarakis-Ainian, National Historical Museum
Vera Kriezi, Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society
Sophia Topouzi, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall
Elena Bazini, Ministry of Culture, Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage
Katerina Lygnou, National Library of Greece
Anthi Agoropoulou, National Library of Greece


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With the support of the American Embassy in Athens



Conference venues

Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society
Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall

Address: Vas. Sofias & Kokkali 1, Athens 11521 [Map]
Tel.: +30 210 728 2778
Fax: +30 210 725 9196
Website: http://www.mmb.org.gr

National Library of Greece @ SNFCC 
Address: Leof. Syggrou 364, Kallithea [Map]
Tel.: +30 213 0999 700
Website: www.nlg.gr

National Historical Museum, Old Parliament Building
Address: 13, Stadiou str., Athens 10561 [Map]
Tel.: +30 210 323 7617
Website: www.nhmuseum.gr