[MGSA-L] Roundtable announcement: 'On Islands and Camps', Thursday 10 Dec, 5 pm (UK time)

Dimitris Papanikolaou dimitris.papanikolaou at mod-langs.ox.ac.uk
Fri Nov 27 11:28:01 PST 2020

The roundtable series “Modern Greek Studies and Beyond: Local Cases, Global Debates” announces its third roundtable

On Islands and Camps: From Leros to Lesvos

Facing what many have called a 'crisis within a crisis', the islands of the eastern Aegean saw the arrival, and eventually the confinement, of thousands of refugees on their soil since 2015. Five years on, emergency hotspots accommodating refugees in many of those islands have developed into fully-fledged permanent settlements, today entangled in yet another crisis – that of covid-19. And while the term crisis alerts us to an unprecedented urgency, it also demands that we reconsider how much the Greek islands sit on long and complicated histories of migration, asylum and confinement. By setting the spot-light on two of these islands – Leros and Lesvos – we want to address the following questions: Can the Greek islands be viewed as biopolitical spaces of confinement and what can their past tell us about the present? How do the grammars of confinement intersect with the grammars of biopolitics at the local, national and transnational levels? How does this thick context relate to the phantasmatic construction of the island archipelago in the Greek and global cultural imaginary?

Date: Thursday, 10 December 2020, 5pm (UK time)

Neni Panourgia (Columbia University) "Infrastructural governmentalities, or confinement by any other name. The paradigm of Leros"
Danae Karydaki (University of Thessaly) "Towards a 'Greek Neverland': the infantilisation of Leros institutions' inmates with intellectual disability (1958-95)"
Pafsanias Karathanasis (Panteion University) "From the 'hotspot' to the 'camp-city': Moria RIC in Lesvos and the end of the EU 'hotspot approach' (Sept. 2020)"
chaired by Kristina Gedgaudaitė (Princeton University)

To register, please follow the link below:

An email with the relevant zoom link will be sent to all registered on the day of the event.

Participation in the roundtables is free and open to all.

For more information about this event and the series


You can watch our previous roundtables in the links below

'Golden Dawn: The End of the Story?'


'Greek and Green: The Eco-turn in Modern Greek Studies'

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