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12th International Congress of Cretan Studies


The 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies will be held in Heraklion from 21 to 25 September 2016. The scholarly institution of the International Congresses of Cretan Studies, the largest forum of archaeological, historical, literary and ethnological studies of Crete, was established in 1961 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies (SCHS) at the Basilica of St Mark, which has been restored to its present state with the care of the SCHS. The Congress is held every five years, visiting each of the four regional units (prefectures) of Crete in turn. Now it returns to its original cradle of Heraklion, organised for the sixth time in the history of the institution by its founding body, the SCHS.

The 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies opens on Wednesday 21 September at 17:00 at the Basilica of St Mark. The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Professor Grigoris Sifakis, will speak at the opening session. This will also be the first plenary session of the Congress, addressed by archaeologist Gerald Cadogan, Vice-Chair of the British School at Athens, and Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History at Princeton University.

From Thursday 22 September to Sunday 25 September, the Congress will be held at the Cultural and Conference Centre of Heraklion.

A total of 361 original presentations will be made by 514 Greek and foreign scholars, divided into three sections corresponding to the three major periods of Cretan history: the Prehistoric and Ancient Greek period, the Byzantine and Medieval period, and the Modern period.

The languages of the Congress will be Greek, English, French, German and Italian. The selected thematic axis for all three sections is mobility of people, ideas and goods, to, from and within the island of Crete.

The Congress enjoys the vital support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Region of Crete, the Municipality of Heraklion, the A & M Kalokerinos Foundations, Minoan Lines SA and the Municipal Enterprise for Culture, Tourism and Development of Heraklion (DEPTAI).

For further information on the programme and activities of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies, please visit www.12-ICCS.gr.