Congratulations to Christopher Jotischky-Hull (PhD, Classics) for winning the Modern Greek Studies Association 2019 Victor Papacosma Essay Prize for his essay entitled, The Crowning of the Lyre: Andréas Kálvos and the Appropriation of Pindaric Imagery in Nineteenth-Century Greek Diasporic Poetics!
The Victor Papacosma Essay Prize honors S. Victor Papacosma, who taught History at Kent State University until his retirement. Prof Papacosma served the MGSA as Executive Director from 2004 to 2014, and moved the association forward through his “effective and ever-gracious collaborative spirit of inclusiveness.” Given to the best graduate student essay on a Greek subject, the prize is awarded on a biennial schedule to coincide with the MGSA Symposium.
The MGSA committee's vote to award Christopher was unanimous! In the words of the chair of the committee in her email announcement: "The members of the committee found your essay to be very well researched and well-written both in style and argumentative structure. Most importantly the committee thought your essay was original breaking some new ground on the topic, while building on previous studies and recent directions in cultural Mediterranean studies."
Christopher will attend the MGSA Symposium in Sacramento, California to receive his prize and present his paper in November. Professor Elsa Amanatidou, Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program at Brown, will also attend the MGSA Symposium to take part in the conference and to cheer Christopher on.
Join us in congratulating Christopher on his exciting achievement – we look forward to sharing photos of his time at the symposium!