[MGSA-L] online talk by Alexander Kazamias, "The Emotional Politics of Fear: The Visual Language of Anticommunism in Post-war Greece", December 8, 15:30 -17:00 CET

Boletsi, M. (Maria) M.Boletsi at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Wed Dec 1 14:26:15 PST 2021

Dear colleagues,

I would like to invite you all to the following online talk by Dr. Alexander Kazamias (Coventry U), currently Marilena Laskaridis Visiting Research fellow at the University of Amsterdam.
The talk is hosted by the Modern Greek department and the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam & the Dutch Society for Modern Greek Studies<http://www.nieuwgrieksestudies.nl/>, and supported by the 'Greek Studies Now<https://greekstudiesnow.org/>' network.
No registration is needed. For more information, see announcement below or click here<https://asca.uva.nl/shared/subsites/amsterdam-institute-for-humanities-research/en/events/events/2021/12/kazamias.html?origin=puxViJXMR4qLMjgCvCIKgA&fbclid=IwAR3u4K9lcNW8txkLnIYbf2eSmI7swUWfMF5eSO5eEMQcKVz5xscJnZAFAT0>.

With best regards,
Maria Boletsi

Prof. dr. Maria Boletsi
Marilena Laskaridis Endowed Professor of Modern Greek Studies |  University of Amsterdam | Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam| Room 3.18 | tel. +31 (0)20 5252987 |


Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society | Film and Literary Studies

Recently published:

Maria Boletsi, Natashe Lemos Dekker, Kasia Mika, and Ksenia Robbe (eds.). (Un)timely Crises: Chronotopes and Critique. <https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030749453> Palgrave Macmillan.

Maria Boletsi, Janna Houwen and Liesbeth Minnaard (eds.). Languages of Resistance, Transformation, and Futurity in Mediterranean Crisis-Scapes: From Crisis to Critique<https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030364144>. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Introduction available (open access) here<https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-36415-1>

The Faculty of Humanities, the Department of Modern Greek Language and Culture
of the University of Amsterdam & the Dutch Society for Modern Greek Studies
 invite you to the following lecture:

The Emotional Politics of Fear: The visual language of anticommunism in post-war Greece

By Dr. Alexander Kazamias
(Coventry University & Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellow, University of Amsterdam)

8 December, 15.30-17:00 (CET)

Location: online  (no registration needed)
Language: English
Zoom link: https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/87012490249

This talk examines how visual media was used in Greece after the Civil War of 1944-49 to construct a regime of anticommunist fear. It focuses on the sizeable volume of propaganda imagery produced by the victors of the Civil War from the late 1940s to the fall of the Military Dictatorship in 1974, including posters, illustrations, book covers, photographs, stamps, and movies to demonize the left and spread mass terror around it.  It argues that this anticommunist imagery patterned itself on older themes of negative othering embedded in Greek popular culture, using medieval and early modern tales of lycanthropy, Orientalism, Islamophobia, chauvinism, and gynophobia. Communists were depicted as monsters, beasts, barbarians, Muslims, Turks, Jews, unfeminine women and, sometimes, as Satan personified. Although anticommunism posited itself as an ideology and an intellectual critique, an analysis of its iconography suggests that it was essentially a power discourse of social stigmatization.

About the speaker
Alexander Kazamias is a Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and Senior Lecturer in Politics at Coventry University. He is the author of Greece and the Cold War: Diplomacy, Rivalry and Anti-Colonialism after the Civil Conflict. He has written extensively on modern Greek history, culture and politics, Greek-Turkish relations, and the history and politics of Egypt. Previously, he has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Universities of Princeton and Edinburgh. He has given interviews and contributed press articles to many media outlets, including the TLS, the Guardian, the BBC, Russia Today, Kathimerini, EfSyn, and Al-Ahram Weekly.  His current research at Amsterdam focuses on the cultural politics of anticommunism in Greece during the Cold War.

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