Angelos Dalachanis angelos.dalachanis at gmail.com
Tue Aug 4 10:10:50 PDT 2020


*France-Greece 18th c. - 21st c., Unusual Looks: Objects, Places, Agents *

Dates and location: 22-23 of April 2021, Louvre Museum – Institut de France

*Proposal deadline: 15th August 2020*

*Presentation *
On the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution and the inauguration of the
Paris-Athens 1780 - 1919 exhibition, the Louvre Museum and the French
School at Athens are organizing an international conference, which will be
held at the Louvre Museum and the Institute of France, from 22 to 23 April
2021 under the auspices of the Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles
Lettres. This conference also benefits from the support of the Initiative
1821-2021. The languages of the conference will be French and English.

*Argumentation *
>From Chateaubriand to Costa Gavras through E. Delacroix, A. Corais, E.
Renan, Tériade, J. Lacarrière, J. Zay, Y. Xenaki, C. Castoriadis, M.
Merkouri or A. Malraux, from Delphi to the Louvre via Mount Athos, Delos,
or even Andritsaina, Navarinο and Thessaloniki, the relation between France
and Greece during the last two centuries remains unique. This conference
aims to study these franco-hellenic interactions by deviating as much as
possible from the well-trodden path, thus leaving aside the question of
one-way transfers and the logic of "influence". Besides, those themes have
already been treated in two different conferences organized in Athens in
2011 and in Paris in 2016 by the Foundation for Democracy of the Hellenic
Parliament and the French National Archives respectively. By choosing to
approach the analysis of Franco-hellenic relations through objects, agents
or places, we choose to favor an indiciary approach, as suggested by
historian C. Ginzburg, without being limited into an idiographic approach.
This implies adopting a microhistorical perspective in order to examine the
way in which a unit (an object, a place, or an agent) makes it possible to
crystallize a broader thematic and shed light on an era, a practice or a
shared mentality, or even a movement, a mediation or a transfer. We will
thus optimize the approach by using the concrete case in the perspective of
a transnational history of cultural practices (B. Savoy, M. Werner) and
intellectual movements (C. Charle, B. Wilfert-Portal). Finally, by
emphasizing the unusual, that is to say, "what surprises by not being
accordant with usage", this conference will contribute to a renewal, not
only of the objects of study, the themes and the “places of memory” (P.
Nora) of the history of Franco-hellenic relations but also and more
generally of the history of France in Greece or of Greece in France. To
paraphrase Marc Bloch, with what may be an anecdote, we can make history,
and expose in a new light a relation of more than two centuries.

*Proposal terms *
The summaries of the contributions should be sent before *August 15, 2020*
to the organizing committee at: colloque1821 at efa.gr The expected
contributions may derive from all disciplines of the humanities and social
sciences. They can adopt a comparative approach involving different cases
or treat a specific subject illustrating the theme of the conference. The
summaries of the contributions must have the form of an attached file
format .rtf, .doc, .docx of 500 words maximum, including the used language
and sources, as well as a "bio-bibliography" of ten lines, where the
university or affiliate research organization and the applicant's email
address will appear. The title of the file should be the name of the author
or authors of the proposal. The scientific committee will respond to the
proposals before *September 15, 2020*. The authors of the selected
contributions must have submitted their text by *December 31, 2020*. A
volume deriving from this conference is planned to be published.

*Terms of participation *
The organizers will try to cover the transportation costs of the speakers.

*Scientific Committee of the conference *
Véronique Chankowski (École française d’Athènes, Director)
Jean-Luc Martinez (Musée du Louvre, President -Director)
Cécile Morrisson (Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles Lettres, Member)

Tassos Anastassiadis (EFA- McGill University)
Christophe Corbier (CNRS-IReMus)
Angelos Dalachanis (EFA)
Alexandre Farnoux (Sorbonne-Université)
Dominique de Font-Reaulx (Louvre Museum)
Christina Koulouri (Panteion University, Athens)
Mélisande Leventopoulos (Université Paris-VIII)
Evgénios Matthiopoulos (University of Crete)
Gilles Pécout (ENS Ulm-Académie de Paris, Rector)
Georges Tolias (EPHE- National Hellenic Research Foundation)

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