Modern Greek Studies in the 21st Century: Agonistic Realisms

Durham, 13 – 15 July 2023

Programme of the Third Conference of the "Greek Studies Now" Cultural Analysis Network

Greek Studies Now: Cultural Analysis Network

3rd Conference, Durham University, 13-15 July 2023

Modern Greek Studies in the 21st Century:
Agonistic Realisms





13.30 – 14.00 REGISTRATION

14.00 – 14.15 WELCOME

Panel 1: 14.15 – 16.00 – Remnants – Fragments – Debris

Chair: Violetta Hionidou (Newcastle University)

14.15 – 15.00: Opening Lecture: William Stroebel (University of Michigan): Hellenic Debris: Ruins and Ruination in Leyla Erbil's Remnant

15.00 – 15.30: Panayiotis Xenophontos (University of Oxford): Greeks in Ukraine: from Catherine the Great to the Present: A Cultural History

15.30 – 16.00: Ana Chikovani (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University): The Greeks of Caucasus in Selected Works of Modern Literature

16.00 – 16.30 BREAK

16.30 – 18.00: Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford): "αυτή η ιερή πομπή / που μας κοιτά, και που μας διασχίζει": Spatial disobedience, biopolitical realism and double haunting; lecture illustrated with examples from Maria Kourkouta and Niki Giannari's Spectres Haunting Europe (Idomeni, 2016); followed by a roundtable discussion


FRIDAY 14 July

Panel 2: 09.15 – 10.45 Agonistic Realisms in the Crypto-Colony

Chair: Olga Demetriou (Durham University)

9.15- 9.45 Katerina Kallivrousi (Independent): Zombies in the Crypto-Colony: Narratives of Zombification in the 'Greek Crisis'

9.45 – 10.15 Fotini Gouseti (University of Thessaly): On National Monuments, Localities and Divided Memory: The Coalition of Art and Anthropology on Behalf of Kalavryta

10.15 – 10.45 Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (Durham University): Crypto-Colonialism from Left to Right

10.45 – 11.15 BREAK

Panel 3: 11.15 – 13.15 Contemporary Struggles

Chair: Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (Durham University)

11.15 – 11.45 Kristina Gedgaudaitė (University of Amsterdam): Mapping Resistance in Contemporary Greece: From Critical Vocabularies to Contemporary Cityscapes

11.45 – 12.15 Alexis Radisoglou (Durham University): Mare Nostrum, Murus Noster: Scenes of Shipwreck and the Making of Migration in Contemporary European Fiction

12.15 – 12.45 Ervin Kondakçiu (Groningen University): Recognitive Struggles: The Case of Second-Generation Migrants of Albanian Origin in Greece

12.45 – 13.15 Olga Demetriou (Durham University): Decolonising Refugee Protection: Redefining the State in Cyprus’ British Overseas Territories

13.15 – 14.00 LUNCH

Panel 4: 14.00 – 15.30 Cavafy – My Love

Chair: Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford)

14.00 – 14.30 Maria Boletsi (University of Amsterdam): From Spectrality to Presence: Negotiating Shame in C.P. Cavafy

14.30 – 15.00 Elliot Koubis (University of Oxford): ‘Δεν έγινε, εννοείται, άγαλμά του ή ζωγραφιά’: Cavafy, Queer Necropolitics, and Colonialism

15.00 – 15.30 Billie Mitsikakos (University of Oxford): Sleeping with Cavafy, Surviving Seriality

15.30 – 16.00 BREAK

Panel 5: 16.00 – 17.30 Art and the Production of the Present

Chair: Maria Boletsi (University of Amsterdam)

16.00 – 16.30 Eva Fotiadi (St Joost School of Art and Design & Caradt): Art as Research: Affordances of Artistic Research in Contemporary Truth Discourses

16.30 – 17.00 Styliani (Stella) Bolonaki (National Technical University of Athens): The Definition of Greekness in Contemporary Art

17.00 – 17.30 Linda Xheza (University of Amsterdam): Documentary Photography: Questioning the Right to Document the Destruction and the Loss of the Other



Panel 6: 09.15 – 10.45 – The Politics of Translation

Chair: Kristina Gedgaudaitė (University of Amsterdam)

09.15 – 09.45 Trisevgeni Bilia (University of Oxford): A Translator’s Odyssey: Translating James Joyce’s Ulysses in Greece

09.45 – 10.15 Francesca Zaccone (Sapienza University of Rome): Decolonizing the politics of translation? Italian translations of Cypriot Literatures

10.15 – 10.45 Claudio Russello (University of Oxford): From the Archive to the Fourth Dimension: Recharting Yannis Ritsos’s Fourth Dimension and Its Composition

10.45 – 11.00 BREAK

Panel 7: 11.00 – 12.30 - Let the Dances Last

Chair: Claudio Russello (University of Oxford)

11.00 – 11.30 Orestis Tzirtzilakis (University of Oxford): Truth-Telling in the Land of Slapping: A Genealogy of Avowal in Modern Greek Culture

11.30 – 12.00 Iris Gioti (University of Exeter): The Diasporic Hellenic Woman on Screen and in Novels: The Importance of Genre and Distribution

12.00 – 12.30 Vasiliki Tatouli (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (IE)): Unabating Hybridity: The Making and Reformation of the Modern Greek Nation-State Through Savvopoulos’ ‘Let the Dances Last’

12.30 – 13.00 BREAK

Panel 8: 13.00 – 14.30 - From the Books to the Street: Art, Society, and Politics [online]

Chair: Alexis Radisoglou (Durham University)

13:00 - 13:30 Barbara K. Kondilis, Kalliopi Koundouri, Anastasios Kountouris, Charalampos Magoulas (Independent): Whose Athens? Examining Graffiti and Street Art in Athens' Historic Center

13:30 - 14:00 Panos Stathatos (Independent): Allegories of the Fantastic in Globalization: The Four Levels of Medieval Allegory in Ioanna Bourazopoulou

14:00 - 14:30 Vasiliki Tsaita-Tsilimeni (University of Geneva): Napoleon Lapathiotis and Mitsos Papanikolaou: Towards a Revision of the Poetic and Social Identity of the Contemporary Ego

14:30 - 14:45 CLOSING REMARKS