York students to share research on Greece at conference

Modern Greece photo
Modern Greece photo

York University students will present their recent and ongoing research on Greece during a special conference on Friday, March 24.

The student conference, titled “Research on Greece,” will showcase the research on Greek history and society that York students do as part of their undergraduate and graduate degrees in various programs in humanities and social sciences.

The event is open to the academic community, media and the general public, and is hosted by The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, the Department of History and the Department of Anthropology.

It takes place from 10am to 4pm in the Harry Crowe Room, Atkinson Building
York University.

The day’s events include:

Registration and introduction, 10 to 10:30am
• Othon Alexandrakis, Department of Anthropology, and Sakis Gekas, HHF Chair in Modern Greek History, Department of History

The politics of rhetoric, 10:30 to 11:10am
• Sotiria Kalpachtsi, Department of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, visiting student, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarships at York University, presents “Why the Visual Designer of Our Era is the New Rhetorician”
• Foteini Pliaki, School of Philology, Department of Classics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, visiting student, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarships at York University, presents “Rhetoric: ancient art or important skill of our time?”

History, 11:15am to 12:15pm 
• Spyridon (Spyros) Papageorgakis, Department of History, presents “Primitive Rebels and the Balkans, A Case Study in Greek Banditry”
• Christina Ioannides, Hellenic Studies program, presents “Metamorphosis of Athens Post Asia Minor Catastrophe”
• Sotiri Varlokostas, Osgoode Faculty of Law, presents “Spilling Blood Abroad, Spilling Tzatziki at Home: Contextualising the Legal Aftermath of Toronto’s Anti-Greek Riots and the Forgotten Veteran”
• Elaina Lampropoulos, MA history, presents “Belonging to Greece and the Soviet Union: Private Life of Greeks in Tashkent 1949-1974”

Coffee break, 12:15 to 12:30pm

The times of crisis, 12:30 to 1:30pm
• Peter Milonas, Department of Political Science, presents “The Golden Dawn and the Mainstream Media: A Symbiotic Relationship”
• Anthony Prassoulis, MA international development, presents “Workers’ perceptions on self-management: a case study on the recuperated factory, Vio.Me.”
• Kiryl Rusetski, BA anthropology and political science, presents “Shadow Currency: How Economic Crisis Impacts the Grey Market”

Lunch, 1:30 to 2:30pm

Migration, 2:30 to 3:30pm
• Parinaz Adib, MA anthropology, presents “What Are We Doing Here?: Exploring the Uncertain Spaces of Solidarity in Athens, Greece”
• Larissa Noel, Department of Anthropology, presents “Mediated Greek family: The transformation of refugee families through crisis”
• Gina Jibran, BA children’s studies and education, presents “Living In Exile: The Refugee Crisis From a Child’s Perspective”

Ethnographic fieldwork, 3:30 to 4pm
• Meha Patel, BA anthropology, presents “Flexibility in the field”
• Nadine Ryan, MA anthropology, presents “Ethnography of an Absence”

For more information, contact Othon Alexandrakis at oalexand@yorku.ca or Sakis Gekas at agekas@yorku.ca.

For a full description of the research, visit researchongreece.wordpress.com.