Hononary members of AILA


Hononary President of A.I.L.A.

Andreas M. Kazamias is Emeritus Profess or of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and Emeritus Professor of comparative education at the University of Athens (Greece) where he is also a member of the Academy of Athens. For many years he served as university teacher and researcher in comparative education, the philosophy of education and the history of education in the United States and Greece. In the USA he was a founding member of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) of which he also served as President and Editor of its journal Comparative Education Review. In Greece he was a founding member of the Greek Society of Comparative Education (EΛΕΣΕ), of which he served as President and Co-editor of its journal Comparative and International Education Review.

Kazamias is a comparative historian, a humanist intellectual and a Socratic “gadfly”. His areas of scholarly interest, research and teaching have included (a) the epistemological and methodological development and present state off Comparative Education as a modernist episteme; (b) comparative historical inquiries into the role of education in social, political and economic development and modernization; (and (c) comparative historical studies in globalization and its discontents, with particular reference to its impact on Liberal Arts Education, Humanistic Paideia and Pedagogy. He is the author. co-author or co-editor of numerous books and articles– in English and Greek in Comparative Education and the History of Education– some of which have been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese. A notable recent publication is the co-edited (with Robert Cowen) two-volume International Handbook of Comparative Education (Springer, 2009).

Andreas Kazamias is known internationally as the Greek comparativist, not only because of his Greek ethnic background, but also because of the Greek Humanism that pervades his research and writings, as well as the skillful use of ancient Greek myths, symbols and metaphors in the critical analysis of modern educational problems and issues, as demonstrated in such recent studies as The Turkish Sisyphus: Ataturk, Islam and the Quest for European Modernity(2006), “Agamemnon Contra Prometheus: Globalization, Knowledge/ Learning Societies and Paideia in the New Cosmopolis (2009)”, “The Owl of Athena: Reflective Encounters with the Greeks on Pedagogical Eros and the Paideia of the Soul (Psyche), 2010“), and “Why Socrates and Humanistic Paideia Today? Crisis in Democracy and Education in the New World of Globalization, 2018”}.



Founder & President, C.E.O. of A.I.L.A.

Zoi-Maria Tsinopoulou is an economist. She holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Financial Management, University of Durham, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Art, Law and Economics, International Hellenic University. She has worked as a consultant in KPMG, Greece.
In 2013, she launched The Athens Institute of Liberal Arts (A.I.L.A), the first Institute of its kind in Greece for the re-invention and promotion of Liberal Arts Education. She is the President of A.I.LA.).
She has also participated in many conferences in Greece and abroad.



Vice President of A.I.L.A.

Alexandra Tsourlaki, musicologist of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. She has taught in secondary and postsecondary education. She has worked at the Pedagogical Institute (PI), the Institute of Educational Policy (IEP), the Centre for Educational Research (KEE), the Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Center (DOATAP – HELLENIC NARIC), the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the Organization for Vocational Education and Training (OEEK), the General Archives of the State (GAK), and the National Library of Greece (NLG) – STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER (SNFCC).
In the context of the aforementioned collaborations, she has engaged in research, writing and administrative work.




Professor of Philosophy, University of Buckingham. Director, Royal Institute of Philosophy 1994-2019. Editor, ‘Philosophy’ 1995-2019.
Many publications on philosophy and also on education. Books include Beyond Evolution: Human Nature and the Limits of Evolutionary Explanation (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1997); Philosophy in the New Century, Continuum 2001); The School of Freedom: A Liberal Education Reader from Plato to the Present Day (with Marc Sidwell) (Imprint Academic, 2009); Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts Over Two Millennia (with Natasha O’Hear) (Oxford University Press, 2015), winner of the ACE/Mercers Prize 2017.
He has advised the British Government on Education over a number of years, and is a trustee of a Multi Academy Trust in England.




Address: Department of Education, Practice and Society, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H ONL, England. Email address: g.mcculloch@ucl.ac.uk

Current position: Brian Simon Professor of History of Education, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, 2003-; Founding director of International Research Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE), 2014-
Previous posts at universities of Leeds (research associate), Auckland (lecturer / senior lecturer), Lancaster (professor of educational research), Sheffield (professor of education)

Education and qualifications: Christ’s College Cambridge, History BA/MA (matriculated 1974, graduated BA 1977); MA (History) (Cambridge) 1981; PhD (History) (Cambridge) 1981: thesis ‘The Politics of the Popular Front, 1935-1945’

Learned Societies: President of British Educational Research Association (BERA) (2017-2019) (elected member of Council 2012- ); Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS); Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA);
Fellow of Royal Historical Society (FRHistS); elected member of executive committee of Society of Educational Studies (2014- ); UK History of Education Society (vice-president 2002-2004, president 2005-2007); International Standing Conference for History of Education (ISCHE) ((2012-15); Society for Educational Studies (elected member of executive committee) (2014-)

Awards: Overseas distinguished teacher award, Hunan First Normal University, China, 2016; Society for Educational Studies, national award 2011

Editorships: British Journal of Educational Studies (2015- ); History of Education (1996-2003); New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies (1989-92)

Key recent publications include: Gary McCulloch and Steven Cowan, A Social History of Educational Studies and Research, Routledge, 2017; Gary McCulloch, Georgina Brewis guest editors, Paedagogica Historica, ‘Education, war and peace’, 2016; Tom Woodin, Gary McCulloch, Steven Cowan, Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age, Palgrave, 2013; Gary McCulloch, The Struggle for the History of Education, Routledge, 2011; Gary McCulloch, Cyril Norwood and the Ideal of Secondary Education, Palgrave, 2007;Over 200 academic publications on history of education, curriculum, teachers, policy, historical theory, methodology
Pubns translated into Chinese, French, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish




Michael Kassotakis was born in 1946 in Crete. He studied Philology at the University of Athens and Educational Sciences at the Sorbonne University. In 1982, he was elected Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Crete at which he served until 1990. Since then he has been Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Athens. He has served as Chairperson of the Department of Philosophical and Social Sciences and Dean of the School of Philosophy of the University of Crete, President of the Pedagogical Institute, and President of the Centre for Educational Research. He has published extensively in the areas of “Education” and Pedagogy.




Panagiotis G. Kimourtzis is Professor at the University of the Aegean. He teaches Modern Greek History, History of Education and Educational Policy. He has been invited as a Maitre de conferences at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales—Paris, and as an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Education-University College London (UCL). Since 2016, he has been President of the Hellenic Society of Historians of Education. He directs the Aegean University Historical Archive and the Cine-Science Seminar. He has been honored by the French Ministry of Education with the award Chevalier dans l’ Ordres Palms Academiques.




Born in Patras, Greece, in 1949. In 1972 was graduated in Classical Philology from the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. From 1973 to 1975 he hold a scholarship at the Greek Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice, where he specialized in Greek and Latin Palaeography, in particular in the Greek manuscripts of the 15th and 16th centuries under the supervision of the Prof. and academician M. Manoussakas. In 1976 he continued the palaeographical studies at the École Pratique in Paris. The years 1977-78 he spend as an associate at the Center for Byzantine Studies of the National Research Foundation in Athens. Since 1980 he has worked for the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation in the Center for History and Palaeography. In 1985 was appointed director of the Center. His chief work has been the creation and development of a microfilm-archive of Greek manuscripts from libraries in Greece, the Balkans and the Middle East. Up to the present he has completed 150 palaeographical missions during which 7.500 manuscripts have been microfilmed. In 1984 he organized a special seminar for the Palaeographical Center, which has become a fixture of the Cultural Foundation, in which he teaches Greek Palaeography at three levels. He has published catalogues of manuscripts of Greek Libraries (Patras, Chios, Cephalonia, Leros, Icaria, the Benaki Museum in Athens) and of the Libraries of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Alexandreia. Also, he teaches Greek Palaeography as invited professor in the Department of Literature of the University of Patras, the Department of Historical Studies of The Ionian University at Corfu and the Department of Cultural Sciences in the University of Bologna – Ravenna in Italy. Since 1999 he is the scientific consultant of the MILITOS editions. Over the last thirty years he has published more than 160 articles on palaeographical studies, and finished the edition of the Archives of The Greek Revolution from the Parliament of Greece (11 volumes). He was member of the Society of The Greek Literature and Historical Archive (ELIA), the Institute of Research of Ancient and Medieval Alexandreia, and the “Arethas” Institute – Mediterranean Research Institute for Palaeography, Bibliology and History of Texts. He has participate in many international congresses and European networks, especially in the “Rinascimento Virtuale” European project, working for the analysis and recovery of palimpsests manuscripts. Member of the team of research on the Palimpsests of the St. Cathrine’s Library of Sinai.
For his work in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem was honored with the Cross of Holly Sepulchre, and also from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria with the “officium of Notarios”.



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