Modern Greek

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The seminar’s title emphasizes the language—modern Greek—over the metropolitan nation-state, modern Greece. By so doing, the seminar uses the enduring and versatile nature of the language as a symbol for broader themes that, both diachronically and synchronically, depict the tension between sameness and difference, between the continuities and discontinuities that comprise the Hellenic world. The seminar does not limit its focus to Modern Greece, even though it remains its foremost concern, instead it seeks to provide a forum for original interdisciplinary perspectives on Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greece and the Greek diaspora. Seminar participants from a wide variety of fields consider all aspects of the post-classical Greek world as well as the reception and creative appropriation of the classical Greek tradition both in Greece and abroad. The seminar examines Greek relations with Western Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, the Caucasus and the Middle East, tracing also the cultural presence of historic Greek communities in these areas as well as in more recent diasporas, in the United States and Australia. The seminar also examines the presence of diverse communities within Greece.


Past Meetings

Professor Dimitrios Antoniou

Professor Karen Van Dyck

Chloe Howe Haralambous

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/13/2017 Hamilton 313, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Screening of Harris Mylonas and Theo Prodromidis's documentary "Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Τimes of Crisis" (2017)
Harris Mylonas , George Washington University

Discussant: Peter Bratsis, City University of New York

11/21/2017 Hamilton 503, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Chora Exarcheion: The Polytechnio Campus and Radical Imagination
Eirene Efstathiou, Artist, Athens School of Fine Arts

Respondent: Anthony Graves, Artist

12/05/2017 Hamilton 503, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Dressing Clio: Parades and Revivals in Greece (19th-20th c.)
Christina Koulouri, Panteion University

Respondent: Mark Mazower, Columbia University

01/25/2018 Hamilton 617B, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Παροικία - Anthropological reflections through craft and folk art of modern Greece
Zoë Paul, Independent Artist

Respondent: Alexandra Alexopoulou , Independent Curator

02/15/2018 617B Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Different Ways of Being "Greek": Borderland Religion in the City of Corfu, 18th c.
Daphne Lappa, Princeton University

Respondent: Konstantina Zanou, Columbia University

03/30/2018 401 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Shades of the spectropolitical: Dead bodies and digital mourning between precarity and celebrity in contemporary Greece
Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly

Respondent: Laura Kunreuther, Bard College