[MGSA-L] SNFPHI spring online events

Dimitris Antoniou dmtrsntn19 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 17:28:17 PST 2022

Dear list members,

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI
<https://snfphi.columbia.edu>) at Columbia University is organizing an
online discussion on the little-known but absolutely incredible work of
Takis Giannousas this Thursday, February 24, at 12:00 pm ET. The
discussion, which is part of our online event series "Exploding the Canon,"
will be conducted in Greek. Attendees may join the event on Zoom or watch
the livestream on SNFPHI's Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/SNFPHI>.
I am copying below the event's details, a short description, and the
line-up for other Spring events. We look forward to seeing you!

With all good wishes,

*Finding Space for Flying Rams: Imagining the Museum of Takis Giannousas*
February 24, 12:00-1:30 pm ET

Takis Giannousas (Dimitris Karamatsoukas) left only 25 drawings depicting a
colorful, strikingly distinct world that combines the supernatural with
village life, the German occupation, and his own unique alphabet. If not
for the efforts of a few, his work would have been lost forever and the
artist himself would have remained unknown. In this event members of the
Cultural Association of Velventos, journalist Argyro Bozoni, novelist
Giannis Palavos, curator Nadja Argyropoulou, and historian Mark Mazower
discuss Giannousas, examine how artistic work gets recognized or
overlooked, and imagine a museum dedicated to his work.

*Link*: http://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/s/95978934964

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*Upcoming Spring Events*

*A Civilizing Hellas? Debating the Colonial Dimensions of the Asia Minor
March 31, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm ET

While the Greek military campaign in Asia Minor was often described at the
time as a colonial endeavor by its domestic and international critics,
subsequent study has rarely placed it in a larger colonial context. In this
seminar Dimitris Antoniou (Columbia University), Efi Gazi (University of
the Peloponnese), Kostis Karpozilos (ASKI), Mark Mazower (Columbia
University), and Ayşe Ozil (Sabanci University) revisit archival materials
to examine Hellenism as an imperial project, responses to Hellenism in
Anatolia, and receptions of Greek irredentism by the international left.
What is gained by using the lens of colonialism to study the Asia Minor
campaign and what are the challenges or shortcomings of such an approach?

Co-organized with the University Seminar in Modern Greek

*The Filmmaker-Physician: Gregory Markopoulos and the Restoration of
April 28, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm ET

Every four years since 2004, spectators have gathered in a field in the
Peloponnese to watch newly restored portions of *Eniaios*—the silent
80-hour film that Gregory Markopoulos had fully edited but not yet printed
when he died in 1992. Markopoulos believed in the curative properties of
cinema and since his passing a dedicated circle of artists and supporters
has committed to the preservation of his legacy and the promulgation of his
vision for a humanistic cinema free from the conventions of the film
industry. This event presents Robert Beavers’ 2016 short film *Shared Table*
on the restoration work of *Eniaios* in Berlin and a digitized segment of
*Eniaios*. The screenings will be accompanied by a discussion between
Robert Beavers, film scholar and writer Rebekah Rutkoff, and members of the
restoration team.

Co-organized with the Temenos and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination

*At Home with Lena Platonos*
May 10, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm ET

On the occasion of *Piercing Red* (Dark Entries, 2022), which is the first
English translation of her collected lyrics and poems, the legendary Lena
Platonos, pioneering figure in Greek electronic music, welcomes Professor
Stathis Gourgouris into her living room for an evening of discussion on
their collaboration and overall reflection on her life as a composer and a

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