The Olympia Summer Academy was established in 2002 with the dual purpose of creating a forum for high quality academic work and a platform for the creation and consolidation of international scholarly networks of cooperation.
Since its establishment 17 years ago, the Academy has continued growing both in size, quality, diversity and reputation. Indeed, the Academy, which started with one cycle only, now offers six cycles of studies. It has acquired a stellar reputation, thanks to not only its high academic standards but also because of its distinct identity that blends effectively the scholarly exchange with the friendly atmosphere. In other words, the Academy provides its students with the opportunity of a multicultural and holistic academic experience, within a setting of stunning beauty and rich history. The same goes for the faculty itself that benefits enormously from the dialogue and cooperation that develops both within and outside the classroom.
As of 2014, the Academy is co-organized with the European International Studies Association (EISA). The 2018 Academy was held in Nafplion, Greece, from July 8 to 18, attracting 19 professors and 77 qualified students (including professionals) from 32 countries.
The 2018 Academy was an eight working-day high-level teaching experience. The cycles of studies that comprised the Academy were:
- Conflict & Political Violence (8 working days)
- Terrorism and European Security (8 working days)
- Democratic vs Authoritarian Capitalism (4 working days)
- The Making and Unmaking of the post-Ottoman Order (4 working days)
- Forced Displacement: Theory and Practice (4 working days)
- Political Risk Analysis (4 working days)
The Academy prides itself for its ability to attract each year, from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, a faculty at the cutting edge of academic research. The 2018 OSA faculty comprised of the following academics and experts:
- Valentina Bacchin, Humanitarian Protection Coordinator, Italy
- Antonio Barroso, Teneo Intelligence, UK
- Yael Berda, Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Harvard University (winter session 2018), Israel
- Richard English, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
- Kristin Fabbe, Harvard Business School, USA
- Orfeo Fioretos, Temple University, USA
- Andreas Gofas, Panteion University, Greece
- Francesca Grandi, Overseas Development Institute, UK
- Stathis Kalyvas, University of Oxford, UK
- Christian Kaunert, University of South Wales,UK
- Dimitris Keridis, Panteion University,Greece
- Paschalis M. Kitromilides, University of Athens, Greece
- Benjamin Lessing, University of Chicago, USA
- Kieran McConaghy, University of St Andrews, UK
- Harry Papasotiriou, Panteion University, Greece
- Wolfango Piccoli, Teneo Intelligence, UK
- Petros Sekeris, Montpellier Business School, France
- Anastasia Shesterinina, University of Sheffield, UK
- Plamen Tonchev, Institute for International Economic Relations, Greece
The students of the Academy are selected through a very competitive process, from a pool of hundreds of candidates, and constitute an important component in its overall success. With their rich and varied backgrounds and thanks to the highly interactive nature of classes, the students form strong intellectual and personal bonds, which continue long after the courses. Many of the students of the Academy follow illustrious academic careers themselves and have come back to teach at the Academy or send their own students to attend the Academy.