UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou

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.
    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

Scholarships and Awards

  • 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 Scholarship


  • 'Demetrios Capetanakis: A Greek Poet (Coming Out) in England'.
  • "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".
  • The songwriter as poetry reader: the poem-songs of Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré"
  • "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.