Current University Seminars

February 17, 2021


PERFORMING THE INDEX
With Lynnette Widder, Karimah Ashadu, Ersi Sotiropoulos, Elpida Karaba, Despina Zefkili, Yota Ioannidou, and Vangelis Vlahos

12pm -13.30pm

Who and what is considered “waste(d)” in the current moment? What forms of cleansing are they subjected to? In this workshop the Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) and fellows from Columbia’s Institute of Ideas and Imagination come together to discuss these questions, develop a lexicon of relevant terms and concepts, and examine people, times, and places that often elude investigation.

In collaboration with the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, the Temporary Academy of Arts, and the University Seminar in Modern Greek.

7:00-8:30 pm (Greek time)

To register for the workshop and receive the Zoom link contact [email protected]


March 19, 2021


CURATING GREEK INDEPENDENCE
With Ioulia Pentazou, Alexandros Teneketzis, and Konstantina Zanou

12pm - 13.30pm

How do Greek museums tackle thorny issues in the history of the Greek independence movement? How can curation challenge our understanding of the national past, shed light on blind spots, and place the study of Greek independence in a larger transnational context? In this seminar Ioulia Pentazou (University of Thessaly), Alexandros Teneketzis (Hellenic Open University), and Konstantina Zanou (Columbia University) discuss new curatorial approaches to 1821 and its legacies.

6:00-7:30 pm (Greek time)


April 15, 2021


WALKING THROUGH HISTORY: TRACING RESISTANCE AND THE GREAT FAMINE IN ATHENS With Menelaos Charalambidis

12pm - 13.30pm

The first winter of the German and Italian occupation of Greece (1941-1942) saw a famine that cost the lives of at least 45,000 people in Athens and Piraeus. Although the word “hunger” is etched on Greek collective memory of the Second World War, there are no commemorative traces in the urban landscape marking this traumatic experience. The particular circumstances that led to the famine and its connection to the growth of the resistance movement are also not widely known. How might we cultivate public awareness of the realities of this troubling period in Greek history? In this seminar historian Menelaos Charalambidis draws on his experience leading walking tours in Athens since 2013 to consider effective ways to communicate expert knowledge on the famine, urban resistance, and collaboration with the occupiers to a lay audience.

October 29, 2021

CYBORG CLASSICS: A CONVERSATION WITH DEMOSTHENES PAPAMARKOS With Demosthenes Papamarkos
 

12:00-1:30pm ET / 7:00-8:30pm Greek time.

What do ancient history and archaeology have to do with science fiction and graphic novels? How can insights from the humanities help us examine the role of artificial intelligence in the contemporary world? In this seminar Demosthenes Papamarkos discusses how his training in classics helped him conceptualize his recent graphic novel Naked Bones, integrate specialized knowledge into a narrative aimed at a broad audience, and imagine human-cyborg relations in a post-apocalyptic world.

Seminar Link.

December 15, 2021

A PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY OF BONES With Alexis Fidetzis

In 1930, as part of the centenary celebration of the founding of the Greek state, the revolutionary hero Theodoros Kolokotronis’s remains were transferred from Athens to Tripoli, the city whose siege against the Ottomans he had led. While his bones found a place in the city’s central square, those of the Muslims and Jews who were massacred after the fall of Tripoli were neither interred in cemeteries nor incorporated into national narratives of the revolution. In this lecture-performance, artist and historian Alexis Fidetzis traces Kolokotronis’s postmortem journey, looks for those bones left outside of Greek history, and examines what the return of this founding father to the site of such human loss reveals about the making of Greek history and identity.

12:00-1:30pm ET / 7:00-8:30pm Greek time

Seminar Link.