submitted by Society of Kytherian Studies on 15.09.2005
George N. Leontsinis is currently Professor of Modern Greek History and of the Teaching of History at the University of Athens, Greece.
He graduated from the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens (Department of History and Archaeology, and Department of Classics). He completed his postgraduate studies in England at the University of East Anglia, School of European History, with a grant from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation. He engaged in postdoctoral research (1987-1988) at the University of London, Holloway and Bedford New College, Department of History, as a Visiting Scholar.
From 1982 to 1995 he was School Inspector in Secondary Education for the philological and historical lessons.
He was Assistant Professor in the History Department of the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece during the academic years 1985/86–1989/90 where he taught a course in ‘Western European Sovereignties in Greece’.
In 1989 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Education of the University of Athens where he taught courses on ‘Modern Greek History’ and on ‘History and its Teaching’.
In 1992 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Modern Greek History in the same Department. In 1997 he became a Full Professor (Chair of Modern Greek History and of the Teaching of History) in the same Department.
During the academic years 1989/90-1997/98 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Thessaly (Department of Education) where he taught ‘Modern Greek History’ and the ‘Teaching of History’. He is a member of the General Assembly of the Department of Selective Management of Human Resources and Administration of the University of Athens where he teaches the course ‘History of Modern Greece’. In the Marasleion Academy of the Department of Education of the University of Athens he also teaches the courses ‘History and its Teaching’, ‘Practical Exercises of the Teaching of History’ and ‘Modern Greek and European History’. He has been Director of the 3rd Athens Regional Centre of Further Education from 1996 to 2003.
In 1999 he was elected Councilor of the Municipality of Kythera (which was created in 1999 by the ‘Capodistria Bill’ for the reform of Local Government), and has been re-elected in 2002. Since 1999, he is responsible for education, culture and Kytherian Diaspora. He has currently been appointed Vice-Mayor of Kythera, responsible for Culture and Education.
He has published books and articles, and has taken part in conferences and seminars both at home and abroad. His doctoral dissertation was entitled The Island of Kythera: A Social History, 1700-1863, published by the ‘Saripolos Library Publications’ of the University of Athens (1987, reprinted 2000).
He is also the author of
(1) Studies in Heptanesian Social History (Athens 20055),
(2) Studies in Modern Greek History and Education (Athens 20045),
(3) Studies in Modern Greek History (Athens 20042),
(4) Teaching of History: Local History and Environmental Education (Athens 1996),
(5) History, the Environment and their Teaching (Athens 1999),
(6) Teaching of Local History (Athens 2000),
(7) Experimental Programme for the Teaching of Local History in Primary Education (Ministry of National Education, Institute of Education, Athens 2000),
(8) Theoretical and Methodological Questions of the Teaching of History and the Environment (Athens 2003),
(9) Greek Diaspora and School History (Athens 2005).
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