Personal Details

Speaker 1

Ms. Argyro Nicolaou


What are the arts good for? What kind of life can they help us lead? Argyro Nicolaou is a Cypriot writer and filmmaker based in New York City. Her writing has been published in the American Historical Review, Boston Art Review, MoMA post, and EUObserver; and her short films have screened at festivals and exhibitions in the US and Europe, including the Academy Award qualifying POFF Shorts (Tallinn, Estonia) and the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. She is currently working on Knowing Displacement, a book about how stories of Mediterranean migration from antiquity to the present shatter the myth of Fortress Europe. Research for her book has been supported by fellowships from Princeton and Harvard, where she received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Critical Media Practice in 2018, and was also the recipient of the Bowdoin Prize, Harvard’s most prestigious writing award. After a year spent as a curatorial fellow at the MoMA's Media and Performance Department, Argyro is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. She graduated from the English School in 2008.