Dr Maria   Zarimis
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Maria Zarimis

BBiomedSc UTS, BA hons 1, DipEuroStud, PhD UNSW

Arts,Design & Architecture
Humanities & Languages

Maria Zarimis was educated at UTS (BBiomedSc), UNSW (BA hons 1) (DipEuroStud), and also UNSW (PhD).

She worked as a biomedical scientist at Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital for 17 years prior to 2000. Then at UNSW she would complete her BA in Modern Greek Studies and Diploma of European Studies followed by her PhD (2007) which would be the groundwork for her monograph Darwin's Footprint: Cultural Perspectives on Evolution in Greece (1880-1930s), History of Medicine Series (2015, Central European University Press). The book explores the impact of Darwinism in Greece, investigating how it has shaped the country in terms of its cultural and intellectual history; and it 'opens up an area of study that has been sadly neglected in Greek cultural life' (Emeritus Professor Peter Bien, Dartmouth College).

She has continued to research and publish in this area. With the momentum of the 2009 bicentennial and sesquicentennial anniversaries of Charles Darwin's birth and of his Origin of Species publication respectively, she was invited to participate and contribute the Greek perspective to a research project established by Emeritus Professor of History Thomas F. Glick of Boston University and Senior Research Fellow Elinor Shaffer of the University of London. This project comprehensively surveyed the enduring cultural impact of Charles Darwin throughout the continent. The project resulted in the two tome Literary and Cultural Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe (2014, Bloomsbury).

Maria has taught Modern Greek at all levels from 2001-2012 at UNSW and is former Convenor of the Modern Greek Studies program there (2009-2011 inclusive). She was also instrumental in establishing and heading its successful summer course on Greek mythology (Gods, Heroes and Heroines).

Her other research areas include the culture and language of Greek communities. In collaboration with Assoc. Prof. James Lee she worked on the project 'Cultural and Language Transmission in the Greek-Cypriot Community in Sydney'. This has been funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.

Maria Zarimis currently holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales.

Location
259 Morven Brown

Publications

  • Books | 2015
    Zarimis M, 2015, Darwin's footprint: Cultural perspectives on evolution in Greece (1880-1930s), first, Central European University Press, Budapest- New York, http://ceupress.com/book/darwins-footprint
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Zarimis M, 2014, 'Darwinian Reception and Selected Responses of Two Prominent Greek Literary Writers', in Shaffer E; Glick TF (ed.), The Literary and Cultural Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe, edn. first, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 647 - 666, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/the-literary-and-cultural-reception-of-charles-darwin-in-europe-9781780937465/
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Zarimis M, 2018, 'Tracing Comparative Historicism between the Darwins', Metascience, vol. 27, pp. 131 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11016-017-0248-0
    Journal articles | 2016
    Zarimis M, 2016, 'Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin', ISIS. A Journal of the History of Science Society, vol. 107, pp. 658 - 659, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/688373
    Journal articles | 2012
    Zarimis M, 2012, 'Darwinism and Its Impact in the Recent Greek Press', Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand): A Journal of Greek Letters, vol. special edition (December 2012), pp. 155 - 171
    Journal articles | 2007
    Zarimis M, 2007, 'The Influence of Darwinian Ideas on Greek Literary Writers of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: the Case of Emmanuel Roidis', The Historical Review, vol. 4, pp. 171 - 190
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Zarimis M, 2014, 'Darwinian Reception and Selected Responses of Two Prominent Greek Literary Writers', in Shaffer E; Glick TF (ed.), The Literary and Cultural Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe, edn. first, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 647 - 666, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/the-literary-and-cultural-reception-of-charles-darwin-in-europe-9781780937465/
  • Conference Presentations | 2019
    Zarimis M, 2019, 'Voyage to Kythera: the Poetics of a Kytherian', presented at The 8th International Symposium of Kytheraismos, Brisbane, 14 November 2019 - 17 November 2019
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Zarimis M, 2018, 'Contextualising Kazantzakis: His Science and Spirit', presented at The 3rd International Conferenceon on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST, Sorbonne University, Paris, 02 July 2018 - 04 July 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Lee J; Zarimis M, 2017, 'Internationl Language Transmission in an Australian Greek-Cypriot Community: Roles for Ethnic Identity and Cultural Practices', presented at Multilingualism as a Resource: Bringing Home Language to the Fore, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW, Sydney, 04 December 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Lee J; Zarimis M, 2017, 'International Cultural Transmission in an Australian Greek-Cypriot Community', presented at The 12th International Conference on Greek Research at Flinders University, Adelaide, 23 June 2017 - 24 June 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Zarimis M, 2014, 'Hellenic Continuity and Nationhood', presented at 12th Biennial Conference. Unframing Hellenism: Greek Culture after the Crisis, The Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand & The Department of Modern Greek Studies,University of Sydney, Australia, 04 December 2014 - 06 December 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Zarimis M, 2014, 'The 'Mantinades' (Rhymed Couplets) and 'Moirologia' (Dirges) of Kythera--a Cultural Evolution', presented at the 6th International Symposium of Kytheraismos, Sydney, 07 November 2014 - 09 November 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Zarimis M, 2014, 'Darwinian and Post-Darwinian Reflections of Greek Writers of the Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries', presented at the 1st International Conference on Science and Literature (for the Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST), The Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, 09 July 2014 - 11 July 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Zarimis M, 2013, 'The Reception of Darwin in Greek Literary Circles in the Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries', presented at The Shared Cultural Milieu of Charles Darwin and Samuel Butler: Science and Literature in the Nineteenth Century, The Divinity School. St. John's College, Cambridge, 01 July 2013 - 02 July 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Zarimis M, 2012, 'Language and Culture: the Greek Perspective', presented at the 11th Biennial Conference: "Crisis, Criticism and Critique in Contemporary Greek Studies", The University of Sydney, 07 December 2012 - 09 December 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Zarimis M, 2011, 'Kazantzakis and Darwin', presented at the 9th Biennial International Conference of Greek Research in Australia, Flinders University, Adelaide, 30 June 2011 - 03 July 2011
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Zarimis M, 2007, 'Dock and the Darwin Debate in Greece', in Close E; Couvalis G; Frazis G; Palaktsoglou M (eds.), Greek Research in Australia, Proceedings of the 7th Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, pp. 369 - 384, presented at Greek Research in Australia, Flinders University, Adelaide, 28 June 2007 - 01 July 2007
    Theses / Dissertations | 2007
    Zarimis M, 2007, The influence of Darwinism and Evolutionism in modern Greek literature: The case of Grigorios Xenopoulos, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/43897
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Zarimis M, 2006, 'Darwinism in Modern Greek Literature and a Re-reading of Grigorios Xenopoulos' 'Rich and poor'', in The Greek World Between the Period of the Enlightenment and the Twenty-First Century. Proceedings of the 3rd Pan-European Conference of the European Society of Modern Greek Studies, Ellinika Grammata, Athens, pp. 393 - 402, presented at The Greek World Between the Period of the Enlightenment and the Twenty-First Century, Bucharest, 02 June 2006 - 04 June 2006
    Conference Papers | 2005
    Zarimis M, 2005, 'Darwinian Thought in Grigorios Xenopoulos' 'Athenian Letters'', in Close E; Tsianikas M; Couvalis G (eds.), Greek Research in Australia, Proceedings of the 6th Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, pp. 245 - 260, presented at Greek Research in Australia, Flinders University, Adelaide, 23 June 2005 - 26 June 2005
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zarimis M, 2018, 'Tracing Comparative Historicism between the Darwins', Metascience, vol. 27, pp. 131 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11016-017-0248-0
    Journal articles | 2016
    Zarimis M, 2016, 'Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin', ISIS. A Journal of the History of Science Society, vol. 107, pp. 658 - 659, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/688373
    Journal articles | 2012
    Zarimis M, 2012, 'Darwinism and Its Impact in the Recent Greek Press', Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand): A Journal of Greek Letters, vol. special edition (December 2012), pp. 155 - 171
    Journal articles | 2007
    Zarimis M, 2007, 'The Influence of Darwinian Ideas on Greek Literary Writers of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: the Case of Emmanuel Roidis', The Historical Review, vol. 4, pp. 171 - 190

Awards

Grants

Media

Regional Representative for Australasia for the Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST

Member of the Modern Greek Studies Association and New Zealand (MGSAANZ)

Member of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) in the US

Member of The Australian Society for Microbiology.

 

• Maria is researcher for My Greek Odyssey, now a six-year TV travel-style six-part documentary series which showcases the culture and history of Greece and its islands. It is aired on Australian TV and in over one hundred countries. She has been working on this since 2016.

• September 2012 was invited on local Greek radiostation 2MM to speak in Greek about recent talk on 'Kazantzakis and Darwin'.

• September 2012 was invited by the International Society of Friends of Kazantzakis to speak on 'Kazantzakis' at the Australian Archaeological Institute at the University of Sydney.

•several presentations at conferences in the UNSW School of International Studies, including on 'Language and Culture: the Greek Perspective' (April 2012)

•invited to speak in Greek on 2mm Greek radio September 2011 on the Greek language.

• public lecture in English on ‘Darwin and Greece’ at the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Sydney in October 2009. The lecture was part of the celebration of Charles Darwin’s double anniversary.

• invited to speak in Greek on SBS Greek radio September 2009 on Darwinism and its general impact on humanity.

•research work on Darwinism in modern Greek literature was discussed and cited in the mainstream daily Athens newspaper TO BHMA (pronounced To Vima) in November 15 2009. This was a newspaper article on Darwinism in Greek literature which was one of a series on ‘200 Years of Darwin’. See:
https://www.tovima.gr/2015/05/02/books-ideas/o-darbinos-stin-athina/

 

 

In 2012, the coordination and teaching of the following courses:

ARTS1540 Introductory Greek A
ARTS 2542 Gods, Heroines and Heroes in Greek Mythology and Modern Culture (Summer Course)

In 2009-2011, the coordination and teaching of the following courses:

ARTS1540 Introductory Greek A
ARTS1541 Introductory Greek B

ARTS2540 Intermediate Greek A
ARTS2541 Intermediate Greek B
ARTS3540 Advanced Greek A
ARTS3541 Advanced Greek B
ARTS 2542 Gods, Heroines and Heroes in Greek Mythology and Modern Culture