Dr. Ioannis Zelepos

Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 2020
    Research Fellow at the Centre for Mediterranean Studies Faculty of History, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2015 to 2020
    Senior Researcher position (DFG-funded) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
  • 2012 to 2015
    Professor for Modern Greek Studies (locum tenens) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich
  • 2011 to 2012
    Lecturer at the Universities of Bern (Department for Modern and Contemporary History) and Regensburg (Chair for Southeast European History)
  • 2005 to 2010
    University Assistant at the Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna
  • 2000 to 2004
    Employee of the Consulate General of the Hellenic Republic in Hamburg as translator and consultant for public relations
  • 1995 to 2000
    Teacher for Modern Greek at a private foreign language institute in Hamburg, besides free translator and musician
  • 1993 to 1995
    Student Assistant at the Institute for Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Philology of the University of Hamburg
Research Project
Revolution on the Mediterranean. A South European History of the Greek War of Independence 1821

The aim of this project is to investigate the Greek War of Independence of 1821 in the context of the contemporaneous revolutionary movements in the western Mediterranean, which questioned for the first time the European Restoration Order created by the Congress of Vienna of 1815. The focus of interest is first on transregional mobility cycles and networks of groups and individuals who in the period of the Napoleonic Wars acted as recipients as well as multipliers of revolutionary potentials and played a decisive role in their acute manifestation in the 1820s. In this context, mechanisms of political mobilization as well as dynamics of evolving media publics and their impacts on state-run action are examined. The focus of interest is also on phenomena of exchange and transfer of ideas with regard to the articulation of political goals, to legitimation strategies and, in particular, to the formation of institutions of statehood in the context of revolutionary constitutional discourses. Subsequently, the further regional impacts of these processes in southeastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean are examined. By this way, a contribution to research is to be made, that overcomes well established national-historiographical and Euro-centric perspectives and integrates the Greek war of Independence two hundred years after its beginning into an (trans-)Mediterranean intertwined history of the “Age of Revolutions”.


Dr. Ioannis Zelepos

Ruhr-University Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
D-44791 Bochum