Dr. Paris Papamichos Chronakis, lecturer for the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies was awarded a fellowship by The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Greece to work with the Chair of Jewish Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on curriculum development and research at the intersection of digital humanities, Modern Greek and Jewish Studies.
Paris Papamichos Chronakis will team with Dr. Giorgos Antoniou to design a multi-format course on the History and Culture of the Jews of Greece and the Mediterranean to be jointly offered by UIC and Aristotle University to Greek, US, and European students and learned public in Greece and USA. The course will couple the physical experience of onsite learning in one of Europe’s most celebrated Jewish cities with its digital equivalent for online learners using digital geo-tools. The project’s research component, titled ‘Networks of Survival’, is an online platform that offers digital visualizations of the social networks Greek Jewish Holocaust survivors established in the Nazi concentration camps. This digital platform will offer historians a valuable tool to analyze the social determinants of trust and survival and to reconstruct social life in the camps.