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Special Secretary for Religious and Cultural Diplomacy
Dr. Efstathios C. Lianos Liantis is a Research Associate of the Faculty of Theology of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Theology AUTH. Subjects of his postdoctoral research are the aspects of the Greek foreign policy and religious diplomacy during the period of political and ecclesiastical administration of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Damaskinos. Also, he holds two postgraduate degrees on Church History and Christian Literature (MTheol) and Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (MPhil), from the Aristotle University and the Royal Holloway - University of London (on scholarship of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece and co-proctorship of King's College London and University College London) respectively. Additionally, he has undergone specialized training on Palaeography and Codicology.
Scientifically he has studied the historical course of the ideological relations between Church and State and the ideological use of ecclesiastical models, while the subject of his doctoral thesis was the transfer and development of the post-Byzantine intellectual production in the West during Renaissance.
For several years he worked as Editor of scientific publications, registering to his credit more than seventy Greek and foreign publications from the branches of the Classical Studies and Humanities (Law, Philosophy, Theology, History, Laography, Religious Studies etc.) and, at the same time, he had the scientific and organizational responsibility for conferences and academic events in Greece and abroad.
He has collaborated for the realization of cultural and educational activities and academic initiatives with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Church of Greece, the ancient Patriarchal Sees of the East and official authorities of other religious confessions.
He participated in the drafting of the proposal prepared by the Faculty of Theology and submitted to the European Commission's ERC Advanced Grant 2013 entitled: Thessaloniki from the 13th to 18th Cent .: City Of Nations, Religions and Cultures - Models of Harmonious Coexistence. He, also, participated in the research program of the Research Committee of the Aristotle University, "Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of America and their contribution to dialogue with the modern world" (2014-2017).
He was the chairman of the Special Committee for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which coordinated the action of all the competent State and Church authorities involved in the preparation of the Pan-Orthodox Synodical Event.
He is the Head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the international, intergovernmental organization that unites governments and experts to strengthen, advance and promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance; and fight against antisemitism.