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Xenitia or the State of Being a Foreigner: Juxtaposing Realities, Interpreting Encounters

Friday, October 30, 2015
12:00 AM
Classics Library, 2175 Angell Hall

Pavlos Kavouras, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, School of Music, University of Athens.

The idea of xenitia, the state of being a foreigner, in addition to its historical importance for Greek culture, bears an ecumenical significance.  Actually lived experiences of otherness, be they of practical, reflexive or spiritual nature, are differentiated instances of a response of humanity against itself in the context of its constant and dynamic encounter with nature, society and self-awareness.  The condition of foreign-ness may be seen as a symbolic bridge bringing together different cultural aspects of the contemporary globalized world. This talk will be of interest to people in fields such as anthropology, classics, archaeology, sociology of religion, cultural and literary studies, and ethnomusicology.


Co-sponsored by The University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA)

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