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Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou Identities and Culture in Europe - Popular Culture and Identity Formation, September 2002-August 2004, then to a post at the University of Oxford

As a UCL Mellon Fellow Dimitris was researching Identities and Culture in Europe with a focus on popular culture and its role in identity formation.

  • 2002: PhD in Comparative Liteature, UCL - University of London
    Thesis: Singing Poets: Popular Music and Literature in France and Greece (1945-1975): Reading Brassens, Ferré, Theodorakis and Savvopoulos. [ abstract ]
    Supervisor: Professor Michael Worton.
  • 1998: MA in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, UCL - University of London..
  • 1997: Diploma in Music (Flute) Athens' Conservatory.
  • 1995: BA in Classics. University of Athens

Grants and Scholarships

  • 1997-2001: Greek State Scholarship Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2001-2002: Leventis Foundation. Scholarship for the completion of the PhD.
  • 2000: UCL Graduate School Travel Scholarhip
  • 1993-1995: Papadakis Foundation. Undergraduate Scholarhip

Research Interests

  • The cultural study of popular music. The relationship between the literary text and popular music of the 20th century. European national song traditions and the role of singer-songwriters. The use of cinema's 'auteur theory' for a suggestion of a 'Song Theory'. National and personal identities as produced within songs.
  • The role of popular culture and national traditions in the construction of deviant identities.
  • Greece in the crossroads between East and West. Greek culture as a mixture of belated modernism and residual postmodernism.
  • The use of music in films from the viewpoint of Film Studies.



  • 'Demetrios Capetanakis: A Greek Poet (Coming Out) in England'. (under review)
  • "Utopian Structures in A.Fragkias's Loimos". To be published in the Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of European Hellenists (in Greek)
  • "Geekness as liminality: Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex and Vassilis Alexakis's Les Mots Etrangers" (in process).
  • The songwriter as poetry reader: the poem-songs of Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré" (in process)
  • "The art of the gesture: Re-reading the 18 Texts", Nea Hestia (Athens), March 2002 .
  • "Bandits' Rock, from Katsantones to Savvopoulos. Bandits as Others in texts and songs of the late 20th century". Conference Proceedings in press, Hellenika Grammata, Athens
  • "Setting Seferis's poetry to music", in George Seferis: Centenary Celebrations, The Hellenic Foundation for Culture, London, 2000.
  • Introductory essay (on the Greek guitarist tradition) published as liner notes of the cd Jorinde, the Acrobat and the Owl (Lyra CD2430)
  • Four theatre and dance reviews published in The Stage, London

This page last modified 26 September, 2012 by UCL Mellon Admin

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Singing Poets: Literature and Popular Music in France and Greece (1945-1975)

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