Klairi Gianniri

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 19:30 to 20:30
Event Description: 

The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens and the UCD School of Classics, University College Dublin, invites you to an online lecture by Klairi Gianniri, Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Athens. This will take place at 17.30 pm (UK time)/ 19.30 pm (Greek time) on Thursday 27th January.

Public Archaeology as a means to empower rural communities: a case study in mountainous areas of East Crete

“Over the last years the significance of archaeology for the local communities in the Aegean has been under discussion. The archaeological ethnography research in the Anatoli village (Province of Hierapetra), has shown that archaeology’s impact may extend into matters of everyday life, such as the relatively small but vital functions of a rural community. These functions and their entanglement with archaeology on mountainous settlements of Crete is the topic whereupon this paper focuses. In particular, the relationship between a local community and archaeology as well as the ways it can be traced, comprehended, and utilised for the mutual benefit of both parties will be examined. Also, the contribution of archaeological ethnography and oral history will be discussed within the frame of the exploration of phenomena that shape a community’s identity. Events of public archaeology have the potential to reintroduce the world of archaeology to the contemporary social sphere. Consequently, this paper attempts not only to point out the multiple benefits of a rural community's involvement in the archaeological research, but also to highlight the ways through which tradition and collective memory can propose alternative and multivocal channels to talk about archaeology today and to make it socially relevant and useful to present day communities”.

Klairi Gianniri is a researcher, museologist and cultural manager based in Athens. She has a background in Cultural Communication and Technology (University of Aegean, Lesvos) and in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Freie Universität, Berlin). She holds a Masters degree in Museum Studies from the Department of History and Archaeology (University of Athens), while her PhD in the same department focuses on Public Archaeology of mountain and remote communities. Currently she is a visiting doctoral candidate at Ludwig Uhland Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen). She has participated in numerous research projects and archaeological excavations, in the role of heritage outreach coordinator. The last couple of years she is leading the archaeological ethnography project in Anatoli region of East Crete. During her participation in the START Create Cultural Change Fellowship program in 2018/19, she organised and implemented an experiential archaeological festival (ArchaeoLogic) in Hierapetra, Crete.

Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-archaeology-as-a-means-to-empower-rural-communities-tickets-242663612397,  where you will find a Zoom link to attend the lecture.

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