Current Seminar Meetings

February 17, 2021
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


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

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.