Past Events

Lecture/Reading by Beatriz Hausner

Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada

Lecture/Reading by Beatriz Hausner, “Surrealism in Canada”

Abstract: Historically there are basically three poles of surrealist activity in Canada. The first and most influential of these occurred in Quebec with the emergence and cultural dominance, through much of the 1940s and 1950s, of a radical artistic movement, the Automatistes de Montréal. The second emerges in Vancouver during the 1960s, and the third in Toronto begins in the 1970s. My talk will provide a historical overview of the three geographies, outlining the principal activities that characterized the surrealist movement in Canada at the time, including exhibitions and publications. I will then take the audience into the present and provide an overview of the exciting current resurgence of the surrealist movement in Canada. At every turn I will provide the audience with examples of surrealist literature by Canadians and will endeavor to provide pictorial examples to illustrate surrealism’s trajectory in Canada. I will finish the event with a reading from my own work.

Bio: Beatriz Hausner’s poetry books include: Enter the Raccoon, Sew Him Up, The Wardrobe Mistress, and many chapbooks, including Mornings With My Double, The Stitched Heart, The Metaphysics of Water, to name but three. Her new poetry collection, Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, is forthcoming in the spring of 2020. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Spanish (her mother tongue), French, Dutch and most recently Greek. She is a respected literary editor, and was one of the founding publishers of Quattro Books, and has worked tirelessly as an advocate for writers in Canada. She has translated many works of literature, primarily from Spanish into English, concentrating on Latin American surrealism. Hausner was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, and is current President of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada.

Canadian Institute Open Meeting & SeungJung Kim

Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
Location: 
Danish Institute, Herefondos 14A
Event Description: 

Prof. Brendan Burke (Interim Director / Directeur par Intérim), "The Activities of the Institute, 2018-2019"

Prof. SeungJung Kim (University of Toronto) - "Toward a Phenomenology of Historienbilder: The Emergence of Actuality in the Visual Culture of Ancient Greece"

It has long been recognized that the ancient Greeks were notoriously obsessed with their mythographic tradition, avoiding representations of actuality at all costs. Historical events, for example, were usually cloaked under a mythological guise, as we see on the famed Parthenon. At the dawn of democracy in the late-sixth century and early-fifth century BCE, however, a new trend emerged in the visual culture Greece. It is then that visual representations of actuality in monumental form—contemporary or historical events or public personages, such as the Tyrannicides or the battle of Marathon—began to be commemorated for the first time. This paper explores the emerging interest in the so-called Historienbilder, or images of the “contemporary-historical,” in the context of a societal shift in Greek attitudes towards time, in which the authority of the past gave way to the uncertainty and the immediacy of the present. In particular, by employing a phenomenological lens through which these new images of reality would have been perceived by the viewer, the phenomenon of Historienbilder is reframed as one of the many changes that late archaic and early classical imagery undergoes that signal a novel relationship between time and the image.

Screening of Canadian Movie

Date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Screening of the Canadian Movie “My Internship in Canada” (“Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre”) (2016; 1 hour 48 minutes; French with English subtitles)

Oscar-nominated Philippe Falardeau’s film is a satirical comedy about an independent MP from Northern Quebec (Patrick Huard) who unexpectedly finds himself holding the tie-breaking vote on whether Canada should go to war in the Middle East. In an attempt to settle the matter, he and his intern, a Haitian immigrant, embark on a grand tour of his constituency to evaluate public opinion.

 

In the context of National Canadian Film Day 2019

in collaboration with REEL CANADA and the Embassy of Canada

Lecture by Barbara N. Scarfo

Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Barbara N. Scarfo (Homer and Dorothy Thompson Fellow, The Canadian Institute in Greece; Ph.D. candidate, Department of Classics, McMaster University) "Representations of Mothers and Infants in Funerary Commemoration: A Cross-Cultural Study"

In this paper I explore the depictions of mothers and infants on Classical Attic funerary monuments. By pairing mothers and infants, the monuments’ iconography helped to convey that the woman depicted had either achieved, or attempted to achieve, the goal that was set out for her by the Athenian polis and her oikos: she had become a mother to a legitimately recognized heir, an Athenian citizen. In certain cases, however, the absence of an inscription makes it more difficult to interpret the iconography. This paper will attempt to fill in the gaps that such ambiguities present. I will discuss the social and cultural circumstances that surrounded motherhood in Classical Athens and the expectations that were placed on women within their own oikoi and by the state, chiefly marrying and reproducing at a relatively young age. I will also analyze these monuments alongside ones from the Roman period that feature mothers and infants, a comparison to the Attic material that can help further our understanding of these monuments.

Lecture by Zisis Bonias & Jacques Perreault

Date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Drs Zisis Bonias (Director Emeritus, Hellenic Ministry of Culture) & Jacques Perreault (Professeur titulaire d'archéologie grecque, Université de Montréal), "Ancient Argilos: Shops, workshops and houses of the merchants’ quarter"

Since 2012, the Greek-Canadian synergasia at Ancient Argilos has been excavating a group of large buildings situated in the coastal area of the city. A few of these date to the mid 6th century B.C. and all remain occupied until the conquest of Philip II in 357 B.C. They attest to the economic dynamism of the Northern Greek colonies during the Archaic and Classical periods and give us valuable information on the urbanistic development of these cities.

Lecture by C. W. (Toph) Marshall

Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr C. W. (Toph) Marshall (Professor, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia; Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor, American School of Classical Studies at Athens), “Freddie Mercury and other Classical Poets”

This paper considers the examination of the reception of classical myth in selected modern poetry, with detailed examples from Zbigniew Herbert, Michael Ondaatje, and the rock group Queen. To what extent is the interpretation of antiquity an elite activity? how much class is in Classics? and what can classical reception do about it?

Lecture by Jere Wickens

Date: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr Jere Wickens (Department of Anthropology, Lawrence University and American School of Classical Studies at Athens), "The Archaeological Survey of the Bouros-Kastri Peninsula, Southern Euboia"

The Bouros-Kastri peninsula at the southeastern tip of Euboia was previously overlooked in the archaeological literature. The survey by the Southern Euboea Exploration Project, conducted under the aegis of the Canadian Institute in Greece, provides important information about fluctuations in long-term use and habitation of this agriculturally marginal part of the Karystia. After modest use during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, the peninsula was virtually abandoned until the Late Archaic–Early Classical period, followed by near desertion in the 3rd century BCE, a resurgence of activity in the Late Roman period, and modest use in Byzantine and Ottoman times. The talk will address the use of the peninsula in these periods, how its use was connected to that of the main urban center at Karystos, and how its small coastal inlets and its important port of Geraistos connected the peninsula and the greater Karystia to the political, economic, and cultural spheres of Athens and the broader region.

Lecture by Anastassios Anastassiadis

Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 19:30 to 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: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 19:30 to 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: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 19:30 to 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.

 

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