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Gekas, Athanasios

Associate Professor

York University, Canada

Greece

Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2006/2007, 2007/2008

Ph.D. Institution

University of Essex, United Kingdom

Biography

After finishing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Essex, UK on the economic and social history of the Ionian Islands under British rule (1815-1864) I worked as a Teaching and Research Fellow in the Economic History Department at the LSE. During this time I developed further my interests in the study of past economies and became convinced of the necessity to situate them in their social, political and cultural context. Participation in the Global Economic History Network project made me consider the connections and comparisons between different regions and across time and space in a broader context.
As a Max Weber Fellow my research interests revolve around the economic and social history of Mediterranean port cities from the Adriatic to the Eastern Mediterranean throughout the nineteenth century; looking in particular at how issues of ethnicity, religion and class shaped economic and social power relations in port cities as the latter passed from imperial rule to the dominion of the nation-state.
During the two-year period of the Fellowship I am co-teaching a seminar on the ‘History of Seas and World History’, developing my twofold interests in the history of port cities and global history.

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