The University of Sydney has named Vrasidas Karalis a professor of Philosophy, the first Greek-Australian to teach in that department. He was selected in a competition of many applicants.
The announcement was made at a conference at the university which highlighted the financial crisis affecting Greece and the way it is affecting Greek studies. The event was organized by the Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. Chancellor Steven Gordon made the announcement.
Karalis was born in Krestena, Ileia, in 1960 and grew up in Pireaus. He was graduated from Athens University in 1983. For the last 20 years, his main area of research has been in Modern Greek, Byzantine, Cultural Studies and more recently New Testament Studies. He has also worked in translation, especially of the Australian Nobel Laureate Patrick White and translated three of his major novels into Greek.
His Australian involvement can be seen in the number of public lectures he has been invited to offer in Greek-Australian or mainstream Australian venues. For his services he received the Federation Medal from the Federal Government in 2003.