[MGSA-L] Fortηcoming events at York / Toronto

Sakis Gekas agekas at yorku.ca
Thu Apr 24 14:07:18 PDT 2014

Dear all,
please see the forthcoming events at York University / Toronto:

*Kostis Kornetis, New York University, "Children of the Dictatorship". 
Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the 'long 1960s' in Greece". 
April 25, 5 pm, OISE 5280.**
*** Putting Greece back on the cultural and political map of the “Long 
1960s,” this book traces the dissent and activism of anti-regime 
students during the dictatorship of the Colonels (1967-74). It explores 
the cultural as well as ideological protest of Greek student activists, 
illustrating how these “children of the dictatorship” managed to 
re-appropriate indigenous folk tradition for their “progressive” 
purposes and how their transnational exchange molded a particular local 
protest culture. It examines how the students’ social and political 
practices became a major source of pressure on the Colonels’ regime, 
finding its apogee in the three day Polytechnic uprising of November 
1973 which laid the foundations for a total reshaping of Greek political 
culture in the following decades.

**Vassilios Lambropoulos, University of Michigan, Performing Poetry with 
Pantelis: Why can't one hundred Composers get C.P. Cavafy right?". April 
28, 1 pm, York University, Accolade West 002.**
How do composers set poetry to music?What happens when poetry and music 
meet?The case of Constantine Cavafy is particularly interesting because 
composers again and again claim that he is too non-lyrical to be set to 
music yet they keep turning to him for inspiration.What is there in his 
poems that resists /and/ attracts melopoesis?And how can composers 
express both their inability and their determination to set Cavafy to 
music?  Why do we never sing his verses that we all admire?  This is a 
lecture about a great poet, several great composers, and a great friend.

*Neni Panourgia, New School for Social Research and Columbia University, 
"There is no end to mourning here..."; "Giving an account of the 
precarious self in Greece of the crises". April 30, 2014, 3 pm, York 
University, Vari Hall1152, in association with the Department of 

How does one give an account of one’s own precarity? What sorts of 
formulations are available, cultural and political contingents, which 
can speak the unspeakable and name the unnamable? And what does this 
precarity look like on the ground? What is the phenomenology of such an 
existence? The unrest of global youth over the past two years has been 
accused of having no direction, no leadership, no objectives, no plan, 
no structure. But is that really so? Or is it that the new global youth 
has actually found a way of both giving an account of itself and of 
demanding accountability by means that are resolutely new and untried? 
If destruction and de-struction are the only identifiable positions 
today what can they tell us about the position of the youth as the 
epicenter of precarity? I am looking at different ways in which young 
people in Greece are attempting to own and disown precarity: in music, 
in alternate forms of exchange, in reanimations of gifting, in claiming 
commons, in reorganizing public spaces. I consider discourses of 
mourning and loss as they are being erected in Athens, Greece, during 
this time, among the young who participate in these new formulations of 
being, as they are attempting to carve out a sense and an articulation 
of self out of the cinders of global capital, as the wake and the refuse 
of phatic accountabilities performed from the vacated spaces of real 

best regards

Sakis Gekas

Sakis Gekas
Assistant Professor
Department of History
York University
Vari Hall 2140, 4700 Keele st.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3
(+1) 416-736-2100 ext.30423

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