Syrimis, George george.syrimis at yale.edu
Thu Apr 17 12:06:28 PDT 2014

Monday, April 21, 6:00 pm

Ulysses's Gaze
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos, 1995

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this drama centers on the Balkan conflict as viewed through the eyes of a filmmaker named A (Harvey Keitel). Director Theo Angelopoulos wrote the screenplay, drawing from personal experiences. A is a Greek émigré director who returns to his homeland after 35 years in the U.S., ostensibly to screen his latest film, which is so controversial that it attracts religious protests. In fact, A's real purpose is to search for three reels of undeveloped film that may be the first ever shot by pioneer Balkan filmmakers the Manakis brothers, who documented simple circa-1900 peasant life. A's Homeric journey includes flashbacks into past historical events. He travels by taxi to Albania, where he enlists the help of a film archivist (Maia Morgenstern, who plays all four female roles). She joins him on a train ride to Bucharest, Romania. An extensive flashback chronicles A's childhood under Communism in Bucharest. His next stop is Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, where he is directed to Sarajevo. Angelopoulos mixes scenes shot during the actual Balkan war with historic re-enactments and dreamscapes to examine the role of the artist in political upheaval. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

The film is 2 hours and 16 minutes with English subtitles

Luce Hall 202, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven

The film is screened in the context of the course "Cold War History and Culture in Europe and the Balkans."


Tuesday, April 22, 4:30 pm

Vangelis Calotychos
Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia University

The Balkan Prospect and the Greek Crisis (of the 1990s): Cultural Reflections

In 1989, the borders hitherto separating Greek culture and society from its contiguous Balkan polities came down, and Greeks had to reorient themselves toward their immediate neighbors and redefine their place within a 'new Europe' and a more fluid world order. Projecting the political foresight and mustering the modernizing policies to succeed in such an undertaking would be no small feat even at the best of times. However, little time elapsed before Greece and Europe were effectively held hostage to events in the Balkans--just at the time when both intended to serve as the region's welcoming hosts. Casting a glance back at this historical conjuncture and its aftermath--from a distinct vantage point, a Greek prospect of sorts--this talk reflects on cultural and theoretical study of the Balkans. How did one theorize the Balkans then and why? How do we imagine or reimagine it now?

Luce Hall 202, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven


Friday, April 25, 3:00 PM (time tentative)

Christian Populations in the Middle East since the Arab Spring

Panel discussion with

Stephen Davis, Yale University
Ellen Lust, Yale University
Christine M. Philiou, Columbia University
George Syrimis, Moderator, Yale University

Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven

Reception to follow in the Common room, Luce Hall

Organized by the Hellenic Studies Program, the Council on Middle East Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the Yale Divinity School, and the Ottoman Studies Initiative with the support of the Order of AHEPA, Yankee District #7 and New Haven Chapter #98, The Hellenic Bar Association of Connecticut, and Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of St. Andrew the Apostle

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