How has the ‘Greek crisis’ mediated the ways in which Greeks conceive of, negotiate and perform their history – however ancient or recent?
The ‘outbreak’ of the financial and socio-political crisis in Greece in 2008 has been interpreted as the end of the Metapolitefsi period that
began with the collapse of the military dictatorship in July 1974. The rise of the neo-Nazi organisation Golden Dawn has been accompanied by an upswing in
discourses and politics of racial eugenics, and a revived use (and, most ominously, the exploitation) of the national traumas of the Civil War to
articulate political polarizations and civil strife in Greece. Meanwhile, as the death toll of the humanitarian refugee crisis in the Aegean mounts every
day, memories of Greek expatriation and of the Asia Minor population exchange are invoked under the slogan “We are all Refugees”. In light of the growth
and increased visibility of Muslim communities in Greece, the SYRIZA government promises to build the first mosque in Athens any day now (despite the
protestations of the heads of the Greek Orthodox Church). In the meantime, Athens remains the only EU capital without an official place of worship for
followers of the Islamic faith.
Following the success of the student-led workshop on diversity in Greek popular culture(s) and media held in Oxford in March 2015, this workshop aims to provide a forum for graduate students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to participate in and contribute to academic discourses on the Greek crisis. The workshop will take place under the auspices of the UK Society for Modern Greek Studies and the sub-faculty of Modern Greek at the University of Oxford, and is organised by a committee of graduate students, for students.
We invite abstracts for papers that will engage with the ways in which the effects of and discourses surrounding the crisis have led Greek politicians, communities, writers, artists, directors (both theatre and film) and bloggers to revisit and refigure notions of what constitutes “Greek history”. Beyond the more sinister examples (like that of Golden Dawn), we are particularly looking to open up a discussion on how the crisis informs Greek identity/ies, history and collective memory in constructive and perhaps, even positive ways. In addition, however, we will also be very happy to receive abstracts for papers that will contest the periodization of the crisis as a “rupture” in recent Greek history, and that will rather opt to problematize how corresponding assumptions are projected onto the past.
Potential subjects include (but are not limited to):
The student committee invites abstract submissions of up to 350 words sent as email attachments firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday January 24th 2016. Please indicate your name, degree title, university, and email address and contact number in the email, and only the paper title in the attachment with the abstract.
Members of the organising committee will assess abstracts by a process of blind peer review, and paper selections will be based on relevance to the workshop theme and possible topics, and the intrinsic interest of proposals. Participants will be notified of the selection of their abstracts by no later than Monday, February1st2016.
The workshop will take place at the University of Oxford on Wednesday, March 16th 2016 (precise location TBC), from 10:00 until (provisionally) 18:00.Panelswill run throughout the day, which will conclude with a roundtable session where all participants will come together to discuss the workshop themes and new avenues for research regarding the intersections between Modern Greek Studies, history and the crisis. Please bear in mind that paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.
Graduate students from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract . We hope that like last year, this workshop will bring together students from a range of backgrounds and disciplines and will provide a basis to broaden a network of young researchers working on subjects related to modern Greece. Abstractsfrom visiting graduate students and undergraduates in the final stages of their degrees will also be considered and submitted to the same blind peer review process.
Participants will also be invited to attend the third workshop of an AHRC-funded project series entitled “Greece in crisis: cultural politics, identity and otherness” that will take place in Oxford the day after the student-led workshop (Thursday, March 17th 2016).
University of Glasgow
University of St. Andrews
University of Sydney
Liverpool John Moores University
Maria A. Stassinopoulou
University of Vienna
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
University of Technology Sydney