Societies in Crisis: Greece and the predicament of modernity

The Department of Modern Greek is establishing a research group under the general conceptual framework of:

Societies in Crisis: Greece and the predicament of modernity.

The research group aspires to explore and examine the current crisis not only in Greece but also in various societies from the Balkans and the Mediterranean within the contexts of modernity and post-modernity.

The research group will be discussing political questions, social issues, identity problems, financial inadequacies, artistic re-orientations, media practices, historiographical debates, literary disputes, gender issues, diasporic negotiations and cultural debates about belonging as well as aspects of European unification and the rise of European regionalisms.

We invite academics, independent researchers, and postgraduate students to contribute a paper from your own personal research of about 30-40 minutes followed by a discussion. The papers themselves after further elaboration and blind peer reviewing will be published in the DEST recognised Journal of Modern Greek Studies.

Regular meeting will begin in Semester 1 2012, every Thursday between 6-7.30pm at the CCANESA Room, Marsden Building, according of course to the available contributions.

Email Professor Vrasisdas Karalis with proposals (300 words) ASAP so that planning of the series of discussion papers may begin.