Événements passés

Lecture by Anastassios Anastassiadis

Date: 
Mercredi, janvier 16, 2019 -
19:30 - 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr Anastassios Anastassiadis (Associate Professor of History and Phrixos B. Papachristidis chair in Modern Greek Studies, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University), "Writing the global history of a forgotten army: The Allied armies of the Orient in WWI Greece"

More than 600,000 Entente soldiers from around the world were at one point camped in WWI Greece. Between 1916 and 1918, there were 250,000 of them stationed in and around Thessaloniki, a city of 170,000 inhabitants at the time.

However, the story of these Allied Armies has mostly been cast to oblivion, despite not only their role in terms of the outcome of the war but also their huge impact in terms of the biopolitics, meaning their contacts with the civilian population in a variety of forms: infrastructure, transportation, housing and food logistics, medical care and hygiene and even governance.
Based on a current multi-partner research project, this talk will address some of those points and also touch upon the reasons this presence disappeared from the collective memory, both in Greece and in certain Allied countries like France.

Lecture by Hallie Marshall

Date: 
Mercredi, décembre 5, 2018 -
19:30 - 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr Hallie Marshall (Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre & Film, University of British Columbia), "How to Shop for Books in late 5th-Century Athens"

The book trade in fifth century Athens is rarely discussed, and issues of literacy in classical Athens, and indeed in later periods, generally focus on questions of what portion of the population would have been literate, education and literacy, degrees of literacy, and the place and function of writing in Athens. This paper will explore our evidence for the selling and buying of books in late fifth-century Athens and argue that, in light of that evidence, we need to reframe our conception of what a book was for Greeks of this period.

Screening of Canadian Film

Date: 
Mercredi, novembre 21, 2018 -
19:30 - 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Screening of the Canadian Film "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World" (2017; 1 hour 43 minutes; English)

This award-winning Canadian documentary profiles the impact of Indigenous musicians in Canada and the United States on the development of popular music (blues, jazz, folk, pop, rock, heavy metal). Artists profiled include Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Stevie Salas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, Taboo and others. The title of the film is a reference to the pioneering instrumental "Rumble", released in 1958 by the American group Link Wray & His Ray Men. The instrumental piece was very significant for many artists.

The film features many influential musicians who discuss the musical contributions of Indigenous artists, including commentaries from Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Marky Ramone, Slash, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy and others.

 

Lecture by Judith Fletcher

Date: 
Mercredi, octobre 31, 2018 -
19:30 - 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr Judith Fletcher (Professor, Department of History and Ancient Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University), "The haunted text: myths of the underworld in contemporary culture"

Stories of a visit to the realm of the dead and a return to the upper world are among the oldest narratives in European culture, beginning with Homer’s Odyssey and extending to contemporary fiction and art. Judith Fletcher examines a variety of different genres by twentieth- and twenty-first century authors and artists, including Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, Elena Ferrante, and Anish Kapoor, who deal in various ways with the descent to Hades in literary fiction, comics, film, sculpture, and children’s culture. The analyses of these “haunted texts,” consider how their retellings relate to earlier versions of the mythical theme, including their ancient precedents by Homer and Vergil, but also to post-classical receptions of underworld narratives by authors such as Dante, Ezra Pound, and Joseph Conrad.  

Lecture by D. G. 'Josh' Beer

Date: 
Mercredi, octobre 17, 2018 -
19:30 - 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

D. G. 'Josh' Beer (Adjunct Professor, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, Carleton University), "The Athenian Plague and Eros as a Killer Virus in Euripides’ Hippolytus"

In 430-29 B.C. a plague devastated the Athenian population. Pericles, the statesman, died of it; Thucydides, our main historical witness, caught it but survived. In 428 Euripides presented his Hippolytus and won the tragic prize. In the play Aphrodite decides to kill Hippolytus by making his young stepmother Phaedra fall in love with him because he rejects her godhead. For the Greeks Eros (Love) was a madness that first attacked the eyes before assailing the mind. In both Thucydides’ account and Euripides’ play, the main recurring thematic term is nosos, disease. Of the plague some believed that it had a divine cause, others a natural explanation. The same division of opinions is expressed by the chorus of women in Hippolytus about Phaedra’s illness. Similarly, Aphrodite can be viewed in two ways; 1) as a vindictive deity; 2) as a force of nature in the form of Eros. I shall treat Eros metaphorically as a virus. Although only Phaedra suffers the full effects of Eros’ madness, the contagion spreads by means of Phaedra’s nurse, her main caregiver, and deranges the minds of the other characters. The primary visual image of Hippolytus is Phaedra’s sick-bed which morphs into the bier on which the dead queen is laid out. As a piece of theatre the bed/bier has a numinous existence that is as vital as that of the human characters.

Canadian Institute Open Meeting & Scott Gallimore

Date: 
Jeudi, mai 24, 2018 -
19:00 - 20:30
Location: 
Danish Institute, Herefondos 14A
Event Description: 

Prof. David W. Rupp (Director/Directeur), "The Activities of the Institute, 2017-2018"

Prof. Scott Gallimore (Wilfrid Laurier University), "An Island in Crisis? Re-evaluating the Formation of Roman Crete"

The conquest of Crete by Rome from 69–67 BC remains poorly understood in terms of its impacts on the island before and after the invasion. From an archaeological perspective, it takes decades before noticeable changes are apparent in Crete’s material culture. This paper will explore this topic by viewing available data through the lens of eventful archaeology, the archaeology of crisis, and resilience theory to reassess the formation of Roman Crete.

Lecture by Emily K. Varto

Date: 
Mercredi, mai 2, 2018 -
19:30 - 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr. Emily K. Varto (Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Dalhousie University), "Greeks, Romans, and the 'Science of Man': Towards a History of Classics and Early Anthropology"

Ancient Greece and Rome played varying roles in early anthropological thinking, from the observations of colonial officials and missionaries to the evolutionary ethnology and ethnography of the late nineteenth century, and beyond into the professionalized social sciences of the twentieth century. Grounded in themes that emerged in the course editing a volume on the classics and early anthropology (published April 2018 with Brill), this talk augments and reevaluates the formative, early relationship between the two disciplines and explores its continuing impact.

Lecture by Bartłomiej Lis

Date: 
Mercredi, mars 28, 2018 -
19:30 - 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr Bartłomiej (Bartek) Lis (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, British School at Athens), “Migrants in the 12th-century BC Aegean: A guide to identification”

One of the hallmarks of the decades following the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces is an increased human mobility. This phenomenon is directly implied by changes in particular settlements and broader settlement patterns at that time. Many sites were abandoned or significantly diminish in size, while others became (or continued to be) highly prosperous, like Tiryns or Lefkandi. Messenia provides an example of an entire region that appears to be heavily depopulated.

But how are we to identify this mobility – and migrants – in the archaeological record on a more individual level? Identification of foreigners, i.e. people coming from distant regions beyond the extent of the Mycenaean culture, appears to be least problematic, and several examples already discussed in the literature will be presented including Cypriots (or people very familiar with Cypriot practices) at Tiryns or population groups from Southern Italy spread all over the Mainland. Much less straightforward, to say the least, is the attempt to identify people arriving from an adjacent region within the same cultural milieu, and this issue will constitute the main focus of this lecture.

The way to approach this problem is – in my opinion – through technology involved in craft production, which might be considered a special case of social practice. The advantage of technology for approaching mobility is that it is much less ambiguous than other aspects of material culture usually taken into consideration. I will focus on technology involved in pottery production – with an emphasis on Aeginetan pottery produced beyond the island along the Euboean Gulf – but the discussion will involve also other crafts as well as more mundane daily practices. Furthermore, I would also like to question an uncritical use of two terms - import and imitation – which quite often diverts us from the proper understanding of particular objects in their contexts and, in the cases presented in this lecture, from detecting possible presence of migrants. The analysis will lead not only to identification of migrants’ presence, but also – at least in one case – to isolation of their possible dwelling at the site of Lefkandi.

Lecture by Christopher J. Cornthwaite

Date: 
Mercredi, mars 14, 2018 -
19:30 - 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Christopher J. Cornthwaite (Neda & Franz Leipen Fellow, The Canadian Institute in Greece; Ph.D. Candidate, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto), “In the Shadow of Home: Jews, Syrians, and Religion in Delos and Corinth 200BCE-100CE”

The story of a roaming evangelist who made Corinth a main port of call on his Mediterranean tour is woven into our cultural mythology. But Paul’s success in Corinth came from more than his apparent passion as an itinerant preacher. The community in which Christianity spread there was formed before Paul’s arrival, already gathering as an immigrant religion at the nexus of a trans-Mediterranean trade route. Furthermore, Christianity was only one of many immigrant religions from the Levant that came west and attracted a large following beyond the boundaries of its ethnos. The sanctuary of the Syrian goddess (Atargatis) on Delos a hundred years earlier has a remarkably similar story. Brought to Delos by a Syrian priest, her worship outgrew the Syrian diaspora there, attracting outsiders as it moved on toward Rome. This talk compares how and why these two groups grew and attracted outsiders and how they negotiated the problems of identity that new members created. It then puts them in the broader contexts of religion and migration in the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean.

Lecture by George W.M. Harrison

Date: 
Dimanche, mars 11, 2018 -
14:00 - 15:00
Location: 
303 Paterson, Carleton University, Ottawa
Event Description: 

Professor George W.M. Harrison (Department of Greek and Roman Studies, Carleton University), "What Saved Satyr Drama?"

George Harrison has been researching satyrs since 2000. His production of Euripides’ Cyclops is the first full-scale commercial production of a satyr drama since antiquity and his conference volume the first full length study of the subject. Now, as part of preparations of a follow-up full-length study, he explores the question of what  was about satyr drama that made it so compelling. What Saved Satyr Drama looks at the evidence for the wide and persistent appeal of a specialized genre best known as a ‘light’ and short play capping the tragic trilogies associated with Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.

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