[MGSA-L] SNFPHI fall online events

Dimitris Antoniou dmtrsntn19 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 18:13:49 PDT 2020


Dear list members,

Please see below the line-up of fall online events organized by the Stavros
Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia
University. Links to attend events are available in the Events section of
SNFPHI website <https://snfphi.columbia.edu>.

With my good wishes for the beginning of the semester,
Dimitris Antoniou

Dimitris Antoniou
Lecturer in Hellenic Studies, Department of Classics
Associate Director, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities
Initiative (SNFPHI)
Columbia University


*Fall 2020*

September 24, 2020 (12:00-1:00 pm ET)
Form & Figment: Rendering Imagination and Encounter in Online Exhibitions

How do historians, art curators, librarians, and photojournalists curate
online exhibitions? What can we learn from the recent outpouring of digital
educational experiences created by universities, news agencies, museums,
art collectives, and human rights organizations? In this seminar SNFPHI
summer grantee Carlin Zia (Oral History, Columbia) and Guy de Lancey
(Movement Lab, Barnard) share reflections on curating online exhibitions
and experiences and discuss the technical and theoretical challenges and
opportunities.

Co-organized with Columbia's Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) and
Barnard’s Movement Lab.

***
October 22, 2020 (12:00-1:00 pm ET)
An Evening in Pangrati: Revisiting the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Athens

The current pandemic has brought renewed interest in the ways in which
members of LGBTQ communities dealt with uncertainty and silence in the
early stages of the AIDS epidemic. In this seminar journalist and activist
Dimitris Xanthoulis shares his recollections of an evening in the early
1980s when members of AKOE (the Greek Homosexual Liberation Movement)
gathered to collect information about the new virus and organize the gay
community.

Co-organized with the University Seminar in Modern Greek.

***
November 19, 2020 (12:00-1:30 pm ET)
Extra-terrestrial Ethnographies of the Future-Present (Part I: Writing
Workshop)

Taking the contemporary moment as an alien world, participants in this
two-part workshop will embark on "tracking" missions, use memes, news
media, vlogs, archival images, political satire, peer commentary, and works
of fiction (e.g., plague literature) as “data” to create a collaborative
sci-fi ethnography. The resulting textual body—an extra-terrestrial account
of our “new normal”—will evolve online through a collaborative platform and
result in a zine publication prepared by participants in January 2021. The
workshop will be conducted in Greek, with an Εnglish option.  Workshop
conveners: Alexandra Siotou (University of Thessaly), Giorgos Mantzios
(University of Toronto), Penelope Papailias (University of Thessaly)

In collaboration with the University of Thessaly's Greek Future Archive of
Socialities Under Quarantine research project and Anthrobombing platform
and the University Seminar in Modern Greek.

***
December 10, 2020 (12:00-1:30 pm ET)
Online screening of the film *Third Kind* (Yorgos Zois, 2018) and
discussion with the director

The screening of *Third Kind* and the discussion with Yorgos Zois is the
perfect follow up to our October collaborative writing workshop. With
abandoned Ellinikon airport in the background, this sci-fi film invites us
to contemplate ruination, nostalgia for a future-present, economies of
abandonment, and collateral populations and spaces. The director
describes *Third
Kind* as follows: “Earth has been abandoned for a long time and the human
race has found refuge in outer space. Three archeologists return to Earth
to investigate where a mysterious five tone signal is coming from…"

In collaboration with the University of Thessaly's Greek Future Archive of
Socialities Under Quarantine research project and Anthrobombing platform
and the University Seminar in Modern Greek.

***
December, 17, 2020 (12:00-1:30 pm ET)
Extra-terrestrial Ethnographies of the Future-Present (Part IΙ: Ζine
Workshop)

How might we turn collaborative writing and online data expeditions into
zines? How might zines become vehicles for documenting the present? This
workshop will draw on ideas and data produced in the context of SNFPHI's
sci-fi ethnography workshop (in November 2020) and the screening of Υorgos
Zois' *Third Kind* (in December 2020) to produce a collaborative zine
reflecting on COVID19 from the perspective of an alien future.

In collaboration with SNFPHI project awardee the Athens Zine Bibliotheque,
the University of Thessaly's Greek Future Archive of Socialities Under
Quarantine research project and Anthrobombing platform, and the University
Seminar in Modern Greek.
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