Nikos Bakounakis is a Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Storytelling Techniques in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University, where he has taught since 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Athens’s Department of Law and an élève diplômé of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Civilizations from EHESS. In 1997, he created the “Books” supplement of the newspaper Vima tis Kyriakis; the first literary supplement in the Greek Press, which remained in circulation until 2018. He collaborates with the newspaper lifo, for which he writes and presents the podcast “Books and Authors”. He is an Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques of the French Republic. He is the author of numerous books, of which Journalist or reporter: Narrative in Greek newspapers of the 19th & 20th century (in Greek) took both the State Prize and the Academy of Athens Award in 2016, while A moment of Europe in 19th-century Greece: The words, the image and the legend of Andreas Rigopoulos won the 2008 Academy of Athens Award.
Elisavet Kotzia was born in Athens in 1954. She studied economics in Athens and London. From 1987 to 2012, she wrote one of the weekly book review columns in the newspaper Kathimerini, with which she continues to collaborate. In 2006, she published Ideas and aesthetics: interwar and postwar novelists, 1930–1974 (Polis, in Greek). This was followed in 2020 by Greek prose, 1974–2010. Weights and measures (in Greek). Texts of hers have been published in Greek literary magazines including Grammata kai technes, I Lexi, Entefktirio, Planodio, Nea Estia, Poiisi, and The Book’s Journal.
Charis Meletiadis is a professor of history at Panteion University (Department of Sociology) and the director of the “Sociology of Education and Culture Workshop” at the same university, and a member of the Board of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. His research interests focus on modern European and Greek history and on scholarly forms and expressions of education from the Renaissance to the 20th century. He is the author and editor of several books. The Academy of Athens awarded him for his work Renaissance tendencies in neohellenic scholarship: Nikolaos Sophianos (in Greek).
Sissy Papathanassiou, is a historian, dramatist and translator. She has studied law, theatre and cinema in Greece. She continued her studies in Social Anthropology, the History of Civilizations, and Theatre in Paris at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and at the Sorbonne. Her research and artistic interests revolve around history, ancient Greek literature, transcriptions of tragedy/comedy and their reception, and the dialogue between Greek literary, dramatic and stage writing, on the one hand, and the international scene on the other. In 2004, she founded the International Analogio Festival, an international institution for writing, literature and the arts which has remained active ever since, and whose artistic director she was for several years. She has written extensively, edited numerous books, and served inter alia as head of the Readings Department at the National Theatre of Greece, on the Board of the International Theatre Institute/Unesco, and as a curator of Greek participations at international cultural events. She is the Director of Literature at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.
Katerina Schina (Athens, 1956) studied law and music, worked in newspapers (Avgi, Kathimerini, Eleftherotypia, Ta Nea ), magazines (To tetarto, The Book’s Journal , O anagnostis), radio (ERT’s 2nd and 3rd Programmes) and television (Vivliorama, Vivlia sto Kouti, ERT). Since 1986, she has been writing programmes and translating libretti for the Greek National Opera, the ERT Orchestra, the Megaron Athens Concert Hall and the Athens Festival. She taught cultural reportage at Panteion University (1995-2004) and literary translation at EKEMEL (2002-2011). She has translated around one hundred works of foreign literature into Greek and collaborated with the Nefeli, Metaichmio and Papadopoulos publishing houses as a consultant. In 1998, her translation of Toni Morrison’s novel Blue Eyes won an award from the Greek Literary Translators Society, while in 2008 Eleftherotypia’s “Gourmet” supplement singled out her translation of Schott’s Food and Drink Miscellany by Ben Schott for an award. Her essay Right-way-round and inside-out. The culture of knitwear won the State Essay Prize in 2014, while her children’s book Stories for fearless girls was awarded a White Raven by the International Youth Library, Munich, in 2018. Today, she works as a special adviser responsible for cultural matters to the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic.