Cookie usage policy

The website of the University Carlos III of Madrid use its own cookies and third-party cookies to improve our services by analyzing their browsing habits. By continuing navigation, we understand that it accepts our cookie policy. "Usage rules"

Konstantino Kornetis (Experienced)

Konstantino Kornetis (Experienced)

Doctorate from:
European University Institute, Italy

Department at UC3M:
Humanities: History, Geography and Art


CONEX Fellow from 01/09/2015 to 31/08/2018


RESPAGRET- Revisiting the Past and Present of the Spanish and Greek Transitions to Democracy

Revisiting the Past and Present of the Spanish and Greek Transitions to Democracy (RESPAGRET) explores the perceptions of the causal links between the democratic transitions in Spain and Greece in the 1970s and the current crisis in the imaginary of contemporary social movements and actors, challenging the boundaries between past and present in terms of frames. It engages in a comparative perspective on the long-run effects of post-authoritarian politics and the generational memory thereof. The project makes an original contribution to theory, by confronting the transitional phases, both in terms of their past and their afterlives. As such, the project brings together comparative history, social movement studies, oral history and memory studies, as well as different types of data (archival material, oral history interviews, social movement research, policy documents).


Kostis Kornetis did his BA in history and political science at Ludwig Maximilan’s University, Munich, and in War Studies and Modern Greek at King’s College London. He received his Masters in History from University College London and his PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute, Florence. From 2007 to 2015 he has taught at the History Department at Brown University and the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. His research focuses on the history and memory of the 1960s, the study of authoritarianism, the methodology of oral and sensory history and the use of film as a source for social and cultural history. His book Children of the Dictatorship. Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the “Long 1960s” in Greece (New York/Oxford, 2013) received the 2015 Edmund Keeley Book Award of the Modern Greek Studies Association.


Book chapters and reviews

  • 2018. “Tra Marat e Sade’. Ripensare il Sessantotto ‘decentrato’ in Grecia, Spagna e Portogallo” was published in Donatella della Porta’s edited volume Sessantotto: Passato e presente dell'anno ribelle, Rome: Feltrinelli, 2018, pp. 107-135.
  • 2018. Book review of “Teachers and the Struggle for Democracy in Spain, 1970–1985” by Tamar Groves, Journal of Contemporary History, 53: 2, 479-481.
  • 2017. “¿Hay un futuro en todo este pasado? Relatos de la Transición desde la España en crisis” with Javier Rodrigo, in Adolfo Suárez y la Transición política, Manuel Redero San Román (ed.), Salamanca: Prensas Universitarias de Salamanca, 2017, pp. 317-351.
  • 2017. Book review of “Stage of Emergency: Theater and Public Performance under the Greek Military Dictatorship of 1967-1974” by Gonda Van Steen and ““Youth as a Problem”. Modern Youths, Tradition and Contestation in Post-War Greece (1964-1974)” by Kostas Katsapis, Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 3(1): 125-130.
  • 2017. Book review of “The Revolution before the Revolution. Late authoritarianism and student protest in Portugal”, Democratization by Guya Accornero, Democratization, 25:5, 941-943. 
  • 2017. Book review of “Militant around the Clock? Left-Wing Youth Politics, Leisure, and Sexuality in Post-Dictatorship Greece, 1974–1981” by Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Historein, 16: 203-205. 
  • 2016. Book review of “Inside Greek Terrorism” by George Kassimeris, Journal of Modern Greek Studies. 34: 2: 418-420.

Books as editor

  • 2018. Maria Elena Cavallaro, Kostis Kornetis (eds.), Rethinking the ‘Success Story’ of Southern European Democratizations. Lost in Transition?, Palgrave Macmillan (St Antony’s Series), Oxford, 2018 (in progress).
  • 2015. Markos Avgeridis, Effie Gazi, Kostis Kornetis (eds.), Metapolitefsi. Grecia en la encrucijada entre dos siglos [in Greek], Themelio, Athens, 2015 [ISBN 978-960-310-381-3]
  • Invited lectures:
  • 2018. Discussant and roundtable. “Spain: Social Movements Between Past and Present” University of Cambridge, June.
  • 2018. Debate with Luisa Passerini “68: Which memories? Whose legacy? Which silences?”. Sciences Po, Paris, May.
  • 2018. “Generations in Transition: ‘Remembering’ Democratization in Spain, Portugal and Greece since the 1970s”. Seminario de Historia de la Fundación “Ortega y Gasset-Marañón”, organizado por los departamentos de Historia Social y del Pensamiento Político de la UNED, y de Historia, Teorías y Geografía Políticas de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, April.
  • 2017. “Cambios culturales en las dictaduras de los años sesenta. Intelectuales y cultura de masas”, Universitat de Barcelona, October.
  • 2017. “El 68 en Grecia. Dichas” en las Jornadas Mayo del 68 y las Dictaduras del Sur de Europa, Departamento de Historia Contemporánea de la UNED, November.
  • 2017. “When did the Junta end? Juxtaposing the academic with the public history of the Eptaetia”, California State University, Sacramento, April.
  • 2017. “Between Marat and Sade: Student Resistance to Authoritarianism in Greece, Spain and Portugal during the Détente”, seminar on South Eastern Europe of the University of Regensburg, Germany, invited by Prof. Rainer Liedtke, February
  • 2016. “La tercera ola democratizadora y sus críticos: El caso griego” at the international conference “La Transición española, 40 años despues” organized by CEU, Instituto de Estudios Históricos and the Real Instituto Elcano, November.
  • 2016. Discussant at NYU Abu Dhabi at a conference on “Rethinking 1968 and the Global Sixties”, September.
  • 2016. “Memory under Construction: Towards a Public Memory of Torture in Greece”, Documenta14, Athens, September.
  • 2016. Roundtable. “Revisiting 1968 and the Global Sixties – Definitions and Meanings”. NYU Shangai, March.
  • 2015. “Velvet Transitions? A Bottom-Up view of the Democratization Processes in Spain and Greece from the 1970s to the Present”, in CCHST CSIC as part of the seminar “Rastros y Rostros de la Violencia”, December.
  • 2015. “The Past that Isn’t Past Yet: Exploring the Memory of Democratic Transition in Spain and Greece”, Modern European seminar, Oxford, October.

Seminars/conferences/workshops contributions

  • 2018. “Resisting the War that Never Was: Protests in Greece against the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus”, in “Peace Movements and Democratic Culture in Southern Europe during the 1970s and 1980s”. Deutsches Historisches Institut, Rome, February, 14-16.
  • 2017. “Moving Images, Moving Memories. A Note on the History of Alkazar Cinema (Hamza Bey Mosque)”, with Panagiotis C. Poulos, conference on “Histories, Spaces and Heritages at the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Greek State”, Ecole française d’Athenes, Athens, 15 September.
  • 2017. “Public Memory of the Transitions and Social Movements in Spain and Greece”, Council for European Studies, Glasgow, July 12-15.
  • 2017. ““Yo me sentí engañado”: Memoria histórica y posmemoria de la Transición después de la crisis económica” at the conference on ““La España actual: cuarenta años de historia (1976-2016)” by the Asociación de Historia Actual and the Asociación de Historiadores del Presente, Cádiz, May.
  • 2017. “Transitioning from Authoritarianism to Austerity: Long-Term Effects of Political Engagement in Portugal and Spain”, paper presentation with Guya Accornero (Istituto Universitario de Lisboa) at the annual conference of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, NYU, March 2018.

Organized Conferences, seminars or workshops

  • Co-organizer of the monthly seminar series “Transiciones, Memoria y Justicia”, with Vincent Druliolle at Carlos III, academic year 2017-18.
  • Co-organizer of the mini-symposium “National histories and the politics of crisis”, with Prof. Robert M. Fishman at the Council for European Studies conference in Glasgow in July 2017.
  • Co-organizer of the panel “Propiedad/(re)apropiación. Historiadores y agentesmnemónicos: conocimiento y usos del pasado” in “La Historia, lost in Translation?” XIII Congreso de la Asociación de Historia Contemporánea, Albacete, 21-23 September 2016.
  • Co-organizer of the international colloquium on “Rethinking the Success Story of Southern European Democratization” with Maria-Elena Cavallaro at St Antony’s College, Oxord University, June 2016.

Other dissemination and communication activities: