Seminars

  • Founded
    2005
  • Seminar Number
    703

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.

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Past Meetings


Co-Chairs
Professor Dimitrios Antoniou
da2500@columbia.edu

Professor Karen Van Dyck
vandyck@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Chloe Howe Haralambous
chh2124@columbia.edu


All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020 fall semester. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

10/22/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
An Evening in Pangrati: Revisiting the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Athens
Dimitris Xanthoulis, Journalist and Activist
Abstract

Abstract

The current pandemic has brought renewed interest in the ways in which members of LGBTQ communities dealt with uncertainty and silence in the early stages of the AIDS epidemic. In this seminar journalist and activist Dimitris Xanthoulis shares his recollections of an evening in the early 1980s when members of AKOE (the Greek Homosexual Liberation Movement) gathered to collect information about the new virus and organize the gay community.





Notes: In collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative. This meeting will be conducted in Greek.
11/19/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Extra-terrestrial Ethnographies of the Future-Present (Part I: Writing Workshop)
Alexandra Siotou, University of Thessaly (Greece)

Giorgos Mantzios, University of Toronto (Canada)

Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly (Greece)
Abstract

Abstract

Taking the contemporary moment as an alien world, participants in this two-part workshop will embark on "tracking" missions, use memes, news media, vlogs, archival images, political satire, peer commentary, and works of fiction (e.g., plague literature) as “data” to create a collaborative sci-fi ethnography. The resulting textual body—an extra-terrestrial account of our “new normal”—will evolve online through a collaborative platform and result in a zine publication prepared by participants in January 2021. The workshop will be conducted in Greek, with an Εnglish option.



Notes: In collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative and the University of Thessaly's Greek Future Archive of Socialities Under Quarantine research project and Anthrobombing platform.
12/10/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Online screening of the film Third Kind (Yorgos Zois, 2018) and discussion with the director
Yorgos Zois, Film Director
Abstract

Abstract

The screening of Third Kind and the discussion with Yorgos Zois is the perfect follow up to our October collaborative writing workshop. With abandoned Ellinikon airport in the background, this sci-fi film invites us to contemplate ruination, nostalgia for a future-present, economies of abandonment, and collateral populations and spaces. The director describes Third Kind as follows: “Earth has been abandoned for a long time and the human race has found refuge in outer space. Three archeologists return to Earth to investigate where a mysterious five tone signal is coming from…"





Notes: In collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative and the University of Thessaly's Greek Future Archive of Socialities Under Quarantine research project and Anthrobombing platform.
12/17/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Extra-terrestrial Ethnographies of the Future-Present (Part IΙ: Ζine Workshop)
Alexandra Siotou, University of Thessaly (Greece)

Giorgos Mantzios, University of Toronto (Canada)

Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly (Greece)
Abstract

Abstract

How might we turn collaborative writing and online data expeditions into zines? How might zines become vehicles for documenting the present? This workshop will draw on ideas and data produced in the context of SNFPHI's sci-fi ethnography workshop (in November 2020) and the screening of Υorgos Zois' Third Kind (in December 2020) to produce a collaborative zine reflecting on COVID19 from the perspective of an alien future.



Notes: In collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative and the University of Thessaly's Greek Future Archive of Socialities Under Quarantine research project and Anthrobombing platform.