[MGSA-L] CYA Virtual Lecture Series || 22 July 2020 || Stereotypes and Realities: Reflections from Rural Greece

College Year in Athens/Info info at cyathens.org
Mon Jul 20 08:30:51 PDT 2020


CYA is delighted to invite you to another CYA Virtual Lecture this
upcoming *Wednesday,
22 July 2020, at 12 pm (EDT) / 7 pm (Athens)*.

CYA's Virtual Lecture Series guest speaker, CYA Advisor *Michael Herzfeld*,
the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of
Anthropology, Harvard University, will present:

The speaker, who has conducted extensive fieldwork in Greece (mostly on
Crete) as well as in Italy and Thailand, will address the importance of
knowing village life as a basis for understanding Greek cultural attitudes
even in the most sophisticated urban contexts today. He will particularly
show how his work in the rather extreme context of a mountain community can
clarify some of the attitudes and strengths that are very much part of
Greek cultural reactions to today's crises, including solidarity in the
face of austerity and external financial pressures, the fight against
corruption and mismanagement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more generally the
erosion that commercialization and globalization have wrought in ordinary
social relations.

Facilitating the discussion will be *Aimee Placas*, professor of
Anthropology, who teaches the CYA courses *Anthropology of the City:
Exploring Modern Athens*; *The Culture of Modern Greece: The Ethnography of
a Society in Transition*; *Gender and Sexuality in Modern Greek
Culture*; *Solidarity,
Social Movements, and the Fight for Justice and Change in Greece: A Service
Learning Approach*.


To participate in this live discussion, please register on *Zoom* today.


You can also join our *Facebook* event page and join us via Facebook Live
<https://www.facebook.com/events/625178008366288/?active_tab=about> here.

*Michael Herzfeld*

*Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences,Department of
Anthropology, Harvard University&Member of the CYA Board of Advisors*

*Michael Herzfeld* was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (B.A. in
Archaeology and Anthropology, 1969), Athens (non-degree program in Greek
Folklore, 1969-70), Birmingham (M.A., Modern Greek Studies, 1972; D.Litt.,
1989); and Oxford (Social Anthropology, D.Phil., 1976).

His D.Litt. was awarded for a series of publications, including books and
articles, that have set out his understanding of the processes at work in
cultural identity construction in modern Greece. His most recent books

   - *Ours Once More: Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece
   (new, expanded edition, 2020)*
   - *Life among Urban Planners: Practice, Professionalism, and Expertise
   in the Making of the City. Co-edited with Jennifer Mack*.

Research Interests include Social theory, history of Anthropology, social
poetics, politics of history; Europe (especially Greece & Italy), and
Thailand. His current research activity includes completion of a book and a
film about historic conservation and eviction in Bangkok and planned new
research on Italian-Chinese interactions in Rome and on the profession of
town planning in Italy and elsewhere.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday!

*College Year in Athens*

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