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Lectures at U-M

The Rhetoric of Crisis and the Grammar of Resistance in Greek Wall-Writings and Spain’s Hologram Protest

Maria Boletsi, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Watch Lecture

 

History and Culture in Chinese and Greek Film

Presenters: Jing Zhang, New College of Florida & Vassiliki Rapti, Harvard University

The U-M Confucius Institute and Modern Greek Program at the Department of Classical Studies present its fourth joint exploration of modern Chinese and Greek cultures, comparing these two countries' rich cultures and histories in the global context. This unique collaboration is to compare the ways contemporary Chinese and Greeks engage with their respective histories, cultures, performing arts, and films. This year "History and Culture in Chinese and Greek Film" will be discussed via two lectures and two film screenings on March 31 and April 1 respectively.

5 - 5:50 pm: "Lost Child or Lost Fatherhood?: Confucian Structure of Feeling Reinterpreted in Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema" by Jing Zhang

Filial piety and the father-son relationship constitute the core of the "Confucian structure of feeling" in traditional China. While the last two decades saw a rapid economic growth and cultural globalization in China, they also witnessed a revival of traditional values, promoted through state propaganda and education, elite discourse, popular culture, and even legalization. It is in this context that I will discuss the theme of parental love in recent Chinese language films, examining it as an inversion or reinterpretation of filial sentiment pervasive in early modern Chinese literature. I will focus on two recent films of China and Hong Kong collaboration, Dearest (2014) and Lost and Love (2015), one made by the Hong Kong director Peter Chan and the other by novelist and television screenwriter Peng Sanyuan as her directorial debut. Both films base their stories in news reports of child abduction, focus on the parents' relentless search for their lost kids, and dramatize the multilayered tension between parental relationship, morality, and law. I will also trace the motif of "looking for a lost child/father" back to the early Modern Chinese narratives and its reincarnations in several films made at critical historical moments.

6 - 6:50 pm: "In Her Own Voice: History, Memory and Female Subjectivity in Greek Cinema" by Vassiliki Rapti, Harvard University

Within the male-dominated Greek cinema, several pioneering women directors made their appearance in the 1980s and distinguished themselves to the point that we can talk about a feminine Greek cinematic vision. This talk will focus on the distinct features of this powerful yet little known cinematic vision, and tackle female subjectivity as caught up in between History and memory. By analyzing several path-breaking films such as The Price of Love (1984) and Crystal Nights (1992) by Tonia Marketaki, Love Wanders in the Night (1981) andThe Years of the Big Heat (1991) by Frieda Liappa, and Hold Me (2006) and the documentary The Aegean in the Words of Poets (2003) by Loukia Rikaki, where the personal drama is conditioned by the larger circumstances, it will show how female subjectivity is shaped by desire nurtured by memory and agency against History.

March 31, 2016 | Watch Rapti Lecture / Watch Zhang Lecture

 

Greece & Eurozone: Where to?

Stathis N. Kalyvas, Yale University, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science

In this lecture, Professor Kalyvas will review and discuss the various stages of the “Greek Crisis” from its eruption in 2009 to the present. He will consider its place in the broader context of Greek history and the process of European integration, both monetary and political, comparing and contrasting political and economic dynamics, as well as domestic, European, and international ones. This lecture will draw on the arguments of his recently published book, Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Stathis N. Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University. He is the author of Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996), and the co-editor of Order, Conflict & Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He has received several awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on government, politics, or international affairs (2007), the Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics (2008), the European Academy of Sociology Book Award (2008), the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history (1997), and the Gregory Luebbert Award for best article in comparative politics (2001, 2009, and 2011). He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the European University Institute, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Peace Institute, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy; and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Sponsored by the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Center for European Studies, & the Modern Greek Program

February 9, 2016 | Watch Lecture

 

Greek Art and Mythology; In the Making of Constantinople

Anthony Kaldellis, Ohio State University, Professor and acting Chair, Department of Classics

For centuries, Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine empire, was the largest and most impressive open-air museum of classical art in the world. In the two centuries after its foundation in 330 AD, it was gradually endowed with imperial monuments and public spaces that made it the equal of ancient Rome. By looking at the forum of Constantine, the forum of Theodosius, the hippodrome, and others this talk will uncover the City’s cosmic symbolism: public spaces were designed to function syntactically as architectural maps of the cosmos and the whole empire, and their symbolic language was mostly that of ancient mythology.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Modern Greek Program, and the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA)

February 3, 2016 | Watch Lecture

 

The Audacity of Truth: Aris Alexandrou's Modern Greek Antigone 

Gonda Van Steen, Cassas Professor in Greek Studies, University of Florida

A talk on a little-known Greek Historical tragedy that takes place during the 1940s. Two theater stdents, John-Alexander Sakelos and Anastasia Zavitsanos, perform excerpts from the play. Co-sponsored by Contexts for Classics.

November 2, 2015 | Watch Performance

 

Visually Demolished and Textually Reconstructed: The Middle Ages in Contemporary Crime Fiction

Panagiotis A. Agapitos, professor of Byzantine literature, University of Cyprus

Despite the growing interest in medievalist (re)constructions of the Middle Ages (e.g. in film, theater, and fiction), the image of the “Middle Ages” in contemporary crime fiction has not been studied at all despite the immense popularity of this subgenre of crime writing. This talk will take a look at this production that, more or less, began in the late 1970s and has grown into a vibrant industry encompassing a variety of periods from the 7th to the 15th century, mostly placed in England, but also in France, Germany, and Italy. An attempt will be made to recognize the narrative mechanisms of “medieval mystery novels,” their literary models; their ideological approaches to various medieval societies; and their depiction of violence, sex, power, and friendship. A brief look will be offered to crime fiction dealing with cultures outside the conventional frame of the (Western) Middle Ages, such as, China, Japan, and Byzantium. Ultimately, it will be proposed that the “new” Middle Ages of contemporary crime fiction are an exotic locus of intertextual and intervisual fantasy, rather than an academic archeological recostrunction of a clearly defined medieval past.

October 12, 2015 | Watch Lecture

 

Civilization Gone Awry: Culture, Capitalism, and Conflict in Contemporary Europe

Assistant Professor Peter Bratsis, teaches political science at the City University of New York. He is a founding editor of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination; author of Everyday Life and the State (Paradigm, 2006; and editor, with Stanley Aronowitz, of Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered (Minnesota, 2002). His most recent publication is "Political Corruption in the Age of Transnational Capitalism: From the Relative Autonomy of the State to the White Man's Burden" in Historical Materialism (2013).

February 25, 2014 | Watch Lecture

 

13th Annual Pallas Lecture: How Greek was El Greco?

Speaker: Andrew R. Casper, Miami University

ABSTRACT: Born in Crete around 1541, there is no doubt about the ethnic origins of the painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as “El Greco” (“The Greek”). And yet the issue becomes much more complex when we take into consideration the painter’s artistic output and the multicultural path that he followed throughout his career. For an artist whose career spanned Crete, Venice, Rome, and Toledo (Spain), the issue of his “Greekness” results in something of a conflict between his own self-conception and the expectations of his audiences. This paper will examine the diversity of El Greco’s painting styles as well as the communicative goals of his signatures to explore the fraught issues of his Greek identity in late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe.

BIO: Andrew Casper earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently Assistant Professor of art history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he specializes in Renaissance and Baroque art in southern Europe. He is the author of numerous articles on sixteenth-century icons and the religious paintings from El Greco’s Italian period. His book Art and the Religious Image in El Greco’s Italy (Penn State University Press, 2014) uses El Greco’s early paintings to advance new ideas concerning the conception of religious imagery after the Council of Trent. His current research examines the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century artistic conception of the Shroud of Turin as a divine painting. His research and publications have been supported by grants from the American Philosophical Society, Art History Publication Initiative, College Art Association, Fulbright, Italian Art Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Newberry Library. Professor Casper is the winner of the 2014 Miami University Distinguished Teaching Award.

January 22, 2015 | Watch Lecture

 

Media Represantation of the Greek Crisis

A Lecture by Maria Kakavoulia, Onassis Senior Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor in Rhetoric, Stylistics and Narratology, main coordinator of the Speech and Rhetoric Lab Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens Greece

This lecture discussed how the international and the Greek media have portrayed the Greek crisis over the last few years. How did the media represent the renegotiation of values involved in Greece's relation to Europe? Does the international press stereotype Greece, or does it contribute to the internationalisation of the crisis and the illustration of the social and humanitarian dimensions of the crisis often ignored by the European Union? How has the foreign representation of Greek crisis been received by the Greek media? The lecture also focused on the plurality of new and old media used by Greek citizens to report stories about the human impact of the austerity measures and the collective anger of the Greek people.


This event was sponsored by the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA)

October 9, 2014 | Watch Lecture

 

An Open Mic Event Celebrating the Year of C.P. Cavafy 

On April 29 we celebrated the 150th anniversary of Cavafy's birth and 80th anniversary of his death with an open mic event.  

April 29, 2013 | Watch Event

 

11th Annual Dimitris and Irmgard Pallas Modern Greek Lecture: Cavafy's Debt 

Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University 

February 25, 2013 | PDF

 

Translating Echoes from the Past: Music-Making and the Politics of Listening and Relatedness in Turkey 

Nikolaos Michailidis, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Princeton University 

October 8, 2012 | Watch Lecture

 

Hellas Essentialized: Antiquity, the Greek Crisis, and Political Cartoons in the Global Marketplace 

Dr. Lauren Talalay, Associate Director and Curator of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, 

Monday, February 20, 2012 |PDF

 

On the Clinical Picture of Nostalgia - and a Remote Literature

Prof. Maria Oikonomou, University of Vienna, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Monday, November 28, 2011 | PDF

 

The Balkan Sight of the Mediterranean 

Gazmend Kapllani
Thursday, February 3, 2011 Video | Audio

 

2nd Annual Demetrios and Demetra Partalis Kales Lecture in Modern Greek History: Memory and Religious Culture: Greek Orthodox Life in Ottoman Empire

Professor Tom Papademetriou, Richard Stockton College, New Jersey 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | PDF

 

Archaeology and National Identity in the Greek Museum

Professor Dimitris Damaskos, University of Ioannina/Western Greece
Monday, October 4, 2010 | PDF

 

Alas we went bankrupt...again: The Greek Economy in Turmoil

Stefanos Delikouras, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Thursday, October 7, 2010 | Audio

 

Conversations on Europe: The Financial Crisis in Greece: Causes and Social Consequence

Harris Mylonas, Assistant Professor of Political Science, George Washington University
Thursday, September 16, 2010 Audio | Video

 

Past (Im)perfect or Present Continuous? The Greek and Spanish Democratic Transitions in Retrospect

Konstantinos Kornetis, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Brown University
Thursday, March 11, 2010 Audio

 

8th Annual Dimitri and Irmgard Pallas Lecture in Modern Greek:Translations and Anthologies and their Critical Excess 

Karen van Dyck, Professor of Hellenic Studies at  Columbia University
Thursday, February 22, 2010 | Audio

 

The Inaugural Demetrios and Demetra Partalis Kales Annual Lecture in Modern Greek History - America’s Relations with Greece to 1945: From Aloof Soft Power to the Onset of Regional Hard Power

S. Victor Papacosma, Emeritus Professor of History and Director of the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies at Kent State University, Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies.
Thursday, November 12, 2009 | PDF

 

Displaying Modernity: Cycladic Art as a 20th-Century Cultural Phenomenon

Dimitris Plantzos, Professor at the University of Ioannina
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | weblink

 

Fragments of Greek Desire

Tim Whitmarsh, Fellow and Tutor, University Lecturer (CUF) in Greek, EP Warren Praelector, at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University
Monday, November 23, 2009 | PDF

 

Reflections on a Changing Landscape: Rethinking 'Greece' in a Comparative Frame 

Michael Herzfeld, Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University
Thursday, October 1, 2009 | Audio

 

Mediterranean Modernisms: Towards a New Mediterranean Identity

Marinos Pourgouris, Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University
Tuesday, January 28, 2009 | PDF

 

Conversations on Europe: Mediterranean Entrepreneurial Diaspora Networks during the Long Nineteenth Century

Gelina Harlaftis, Associate Professor, Department of History, Ionian University, Corfu
Thursday, October 30, 2008 | Audio

 

The Modern Greek Devil: Cosmology or Rhetoric?

Charles Stewart, Department of Anthropology, University College London | PDF

 

Democracy as a Tragic Regime

Nathalie Karagiannis, Research Fellow in Political Sociology, University of Sussex | PDF

 

A Heretical (Orthodox) History of the Parthenon

Anthony Kaldellis, Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University | PDF

 

The Restoration of the Athenian Acropolis (1834 - 2005)

Dr. Fani Mallouchou-Tufano, head of the Documentation Office at the Acropolis Restoration Service. Copyright 2006 Dr. Fani Mallouchou-Tufano
January 18, 2006 | PDF

 

DOW CEO Andrew Liveris Talks to Class on Modern Greek Culture

Notes from talk and written text delivered on March 17, 2005 | PDF

 

The 3rd Annual Pallas Lecture

Kevin Featherstone of the London School of Economics and Political Science discusses the state of Greek governance
Feburary 17, 2005 | PDF

 

Interiority in Greek Rap, Television, and Film

Prof. Franklin Hess, University of Iowa. Copyright 2006 Franklin Hess
November 5, 2004 | PDF

 

Moderns between the Greeks and Romans Roundtable Talks

Compiled in this one pdf file are four talks recently given at a roundtable discussion of the Moderns between the Greeks and Romans series | PDF

 

The Now and Future Greek America Strategies for Survival

Dan Georgakas, Director of the Greek American Studies Project of the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College, CUNY | PDF