[Moderngreek-l] 15TH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF MGSAANZ, AUSTRALIA, 10-12 DECEMBER 2010, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY CALL FOR PAPERS
vrasidas.karalis at sydney.edu.au
Thu Feb 20 15:59:21 AEDT 2020
MODERN GREEK STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
15TH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
DECEMBER 10-12, 2020
FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline: 30th July 2020
Re-Viewing the Neo-Hellenic Project: 200 years after the Greek Revolution
Vrasidas Karalis, The University of Sydney
Anthony Dracopoulos, The University of Sydney
Panayota Nazou, Emerita, the University of Sydney
Elizabeth Kefallinos, Macquarie University
Two hundred years after the Greek Revolution, there is considerable debate taking place about the future of the Greek project as it started in 1821, focusing on its achievements, failures and perspectives. The Conference offers a great opportunity to scholars, academics, researchers and students to discuss about the past in critical, creative and yet dispassionate ways, exploring its legacies and reconsidering its perspectives.
The Greek revolution was one of the most important events of the 19th century, re-invigorating the ideas of the French Revolution and bringing them to the East. The invention of a new cultural space for modernity through the introduction of the new form of social organization, the nation-state, meant deep changes in the cultural imaginary of the Greek communities in Greece proper and in the diaspora. What was before diffused and polycentric was gradually reduced and concentrated to a specific space and a demarcated national territory.
During this process, several questions emerged about the physiognomy, the ideology and the cultural specificity of Greek culture and if it exists. This debate continues through the various political and social adventures of the Greek-nation-state and its diasporic communities.
The conference wants to critically explore various conceptual forms of thinking, patterns of self-articulation and images of self-representation that were constructed over the last 200 years. It wants also to investigate their impact in order to delineate a narrative reconstruction of the intellectual history of modern Greeks inside and outside the Greek state, focusing on their reflections over history, literature, art, language, society, cinema, education, music, politics and of course patterns of self-perception, ideological allegiance, religious identification, and geopolitical re-orientation.
Furthermore, it wants to explore the specific work of major cultural figures before and after the establishment of the Greek state, starting with their pioneering work during the Greek Enlightenment and their legacy until today, a period of intense historical and political revisionism.
Abstracts must be around 300 words. Sent to: Vrasidas.Karalis at sydney.edu.au<mailto:Vrasidas.Karalis at sydney.edu.au> or/and Anthony.Dracopoulos at sydney.edu.au<mailto:Anthony.Dracopoulos at sydney.edu.au>
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