One of the largest oral history projects ever undertaken in Greece, Istorima aims to collect over 20,000 stories on an array of different subjects and periods.

Founded by journalist Sofia Papaioannou and historian Katherine Fleming, Istorima blends citizen journalism with oral history.  They are extremely grateful to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for its support of the project.

To gather and preserve its stories, Istorima will ultimately employ over 1,000 young field reporters from all over Greece. Reporters are selected regardless of their career trajectory and level of education. Every three months, Istorima issues a public call for applications in different prefectures of the country, soliciting interest from young people aged between 18 and 35 who love their home regions and who like listening to stories. The field reporters who are selected remain in their hometown, city, island, or village and work from there for 6 months, seeking out and recording those with a story to tell.  

 

Istorima trains its field reporters, provides them with recording equipment, and gives them guidance regarding topics and themes relevant to each area. The field reporters then select their topics according to their own interests and the available interview subjects. This approach provides Istorima with a unique variety of themes, and enables the recording of modern history from the fresh point of view of the young. Our first field reporters were trained in October 2019.

Here you can find the stories of people whose lives and experiences are not recorded in history books and state archives, told in their own voices.

Explore the Archivelogo

The stories we collect, about the past and present, from all regions of Greece as well as from abroad, are hosted in Istorima’s Archive, which is open and freely accessible to all. The Istorima Archive is a research tool providing publicly available primary and secondary sources about the past, present, and future: recordings, transcriptions, photographs, video, and other documentation. 

The Archive preserves the stories of people whose lives and experiences are not recorded in history books. Istorima gives the narrators what may be their only chance to recount their lives and experiences and gives their listeners the opportunity to hear, feel, and understand the stories that are, ultimately, the stories of us all.The stories collected are gradually being uploaded in their entirety to the Archive, after both audio and legal processing. So, don’t worry if you haven’t yet seen your own story. 

You can find the full-length interviews in the Archive, and selected stories are turned into podcasts and are hosted on: www.istorima.org 

We are always seeking out new ideas, partnerships, and suggestions, and the Archive can also host any primary sound files that you might have to give us. Please contact us.

Istorima is a non-profit company that operates with a founding grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as part of its Recharging the Youth initiative.  

It is also supported by donations and sponsorship from companies and individuals who believe in its mission.

Istorima is us all, and the stories that we do not want to be forgotten. We invite you to be swept up by the power of stories. We invite you to make Istorima yours. 

Our Team

  • Katherine Fleming

    Founder
  • Sofia Papaioannou

    Founder
  • Kyriaki Fotiadou

    Head of Digital Archive & Project Manager
  • Ioulitina Skordaki

    Head of Digital Archive & Project Manager
  • Spyros Pipergias

    Chief Information Officer
  • Maya Fillipopoulou

    Editor in Chief
  • Stavros Vlachos

    Journalist
  • Anastasia Voutsara

    Head of HR
  • Spyros Lymperopoulos

    Sound Engineer
  • Dimitris Papadakis

    Sound Engineer
  • Demie Hadji

    Journalist
  • Triantafyllos Restemis

    HR Department
  • Charis Pagonidou

    Journalist
  • Andreas Pappas

    Podcast Creator

Founder

Katherine Fleming

Katherine Fleming is Co-Founder, with Sofia Papaioannou, of Istorima. 

A historian who holds degrees from Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley, she is Provost of New York University (NYU) and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Effective August 1, 2022, she will be President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the largest Arts institution in the World. She is the author of many books and articles, with an increasing focus on public and participatory history. In Istorima, as in her collaboration with Sofia Papaioannou, she has found the perfect intersection of her intellectual and personal interests.

She suggests:

Black and Greek

Katherine Fleming

Founder

Katherine Fleming

Katherine Fleming is Co-Founder, with Sofia Papaioannou, of Istorima. 

A historian who holds degrees from Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley, she is Provost of New York University (NYU) and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Effective August 1, 2022, she will be President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the largest Arts institution in the World. She is the author of many books and articles, with an increasing focus on public and participatory history. In Istorima, as in her collaboration with Sofia Papaioannou, she has found the perfect intersection of her intellectual and personal interests.

She suggests:

Black and Greek

The Istorima Archive is also supported by a core team that edits and processes the collected interviews: Penny Vasilaki (PhD Candidate in Modern Greek Philology), Kostis Kotsonis (Journalist), Dimitris M. Moschos (Historical-Political Scientist), Zina Sotiropoulou (Historian-Archaeologist), Katerina Xeimonetou (Folklorist) and Niki Fotiadou (Historian-Journalist). Nikolas Tsimplakis and Manolis Lianis are the archive's Sound Engineers. Scientific collaborators of Istorima are Christina Akrivopoulou, Lawyer, Expert of the European Commission and Giorgos Antoniou, Assistant Professor of History at AUTH. Advising on the project is Doug Boyd, Director at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, and recent president of the Oral History Association.