[MGSA-L] Modern Greek At Michigan: Fall 2015 Events

Vassilios Lambropoulos vlambrop at umich.edu
Sat Sep 5 06:20:23 PDT 2015

Upcoming Events
Free and open to the public
Lecture: Visually Demolished and Textually Reconstructed: The Middle Ages in Contemporary Crime Fiction
Panagiotis A. Agapitos, Professor of Byzantine literature, University of Cyprus
4PM Monday, Oct. 12, 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University, UM
The talk will be based on Agapitos’s own experiences writing detective novels set in Byzantium and on his studies of medievalist films and novels.

This event is part of the Conversations on Europe lecture series presented by the Center for European Studies.

Screening: Jewish and Greek in Turbulent Times
Introduction by Director Vassilis Loules
7PM Thursday, Oct. 22, Chemistry Building, Rm 1210/930 N. University Ave., UM
Screening of two-hour film Kisses to the Children (2012), in Greek with English subtitles.  
Kisses to the Children is a documentary about the Jewish community in Greece based on testimonies of Greek Jewish survivors who spent the German occupation in hiding and talk about their lives.  This tribute to the once vibrant Greek Jewish communities before the war is complemented by rare archival material made in occupied Greece by German soldiers and Greek patriots.

Co-sponsored by The Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

Lecture: Xenitia or the State of Being a Foreigner: Juxtaposing Realities, Interpreting Encounters
Pavlos Kavouras, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, School of Music, University of Athens
12PM Friday, October 30, Classics Library, Angell Hall, Rm 2175, UM
The idea of xenitia, the state of being a foreigner, in addition to its historical importance for Greek culture, bears an ecumenical significance.  Actually lived experiences of otherness, be they of practical, reflexive or spiritual nature, are differentiated instances of humanity’s dynamic encounter with nature, society and self-awareness. The condition of foreign-ness may be seen as a symbolic bridge bringing together different cultural aspects of the contemporary globalized world. This talk will be of interest to people in fields such as anthropology, classics, archaeology, sociology of religion, cultural and literary studies, and ethnomusicology.

Co-sponsored by The University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA).

Lecture: The Audacity of Truth: Aris Alexandrou’s Modern Greek “Antigone”
Gonda Van Steen, Professor in Greek Studies, University of Florida
4PM Monday, November 2, Michigan Rm, Michigan League, 911 N. University, UM
A talk on a little-known Greek historical tragedy that takes place during the 1940s. Two UM Theater undergraduates, John-Alexander Sakelos and Anastasia Zavitsanos, will perform excerpts from the play.

Co-sponsored by Contexts for Classics.

Lecture: Greece: What Happened?
Stathis N. Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science; Director, Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence; Yale University
4PM Tuesday, November 10, 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University, UM
In this lecture, Professor Kalyvas will review the various stages of the “Greek Crisis” from its eruption in 2009 to the present. He will consider its place in the broader context of Greek history and the process of European integration, both monetary and political, comparing and contrasting political and economic dynamics, as well as domestic, European, and international ones. This lecture will draw on the arguments of his recently published book, Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Organized by the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

Lecture: To Amphipolis and Back Again: Crisis Management, Heritage Politics, and Grassroots Activism as “New Heritage” in Greece
November 3, Time/Location TBD, refer to: www.lsa.umich.edu/modgreek
Despina Margomenou, Lecture IV in Modern Greek, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

Part of the UM Museum Studies Fall Lecture Series Cultural Heritage at Risk.

Conference: Power and the Mediterranean
November 13 - 15, location TBD, refer to: meditopos.rll.lsa.umich.edu/the-meditopos-conference/
In the 2014 Blackwell Companion to Mediterranean History, Brian Catlos writes, “The ethno-religious diversity of the Mediterranean cannot be considered in isolation from the relationships of power that characterized the region.” What then, are these power relationships? What kinds of power—colonial, imperial, ethnic, religious, gendered, racial, symbolic—have been relevant to the Mediterranean area?

Organized by Meditopos, the University of Michigan Interdisciplinary Workshop on Mediterranean Studies, founded in 2009.

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