Past Events

Jacques Bouchard

Date: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
Location: 
https://tinyurl.com/4bjvbvkp
Event Description: 

Καθηγητής Jacques Bouchard (Langues et Culture Néo-helléniques, Département de littératures et de langues du monde, Université de Montréal), "Οι φιλέλληνες του γαλλόφωνου Καναδά και η απελευθερωμένη Ελλάδα"

Τα ανδραγαθήματα των Ελλήνων αγωνιστών κατά την περίοδο της Επανάστασης του 1821 βρήκαν απήχηση στις γαλλόφωνες εφημερίδες του Κεμπέκ και του Μοντρεάλ και πιθανόν να ενέπνευσαν τους Κεμπεκιανούς Πατριώτες της εξέγερσης του 1837. Στα 1837 ακριβώς τυπώνεται για χρήση του Κολεγίου του Μοντρεάλ η πρώτη γραμματική της αρχαίας ελληνικής με νεοελληνική προφορά. Δύο χρόνια μετά ο Joly de Lotbinière επισκέπτεται την Ελλάδα και τραβάει ίσως την πρώτη φωτογραφία του Παρθενώνα με δαγκεροτυπία (1839). Ακολουθεί η επίσκεψη στην Αθήνα μερικών γαλλόφωνων περιηγητών από το Κεμπέκ, που περιγράφουν στα οδοιπορικά τους την πρόσφατα απελευθερωμένη Ελλάδα.

Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/4bjvbvkp

Tristan Carter

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
Location: 
https://umontreal.zoom.us/j/93257451161?pwd=cDZHVTZKa0d5VnJvMTJVRDh5TlFzdz09
Event Description: 

Professor Tristan Carter (Department of Anthropology, McMaster University), "The Colonisation of the Aegean Islands and the Global Origins of Seafaring: New Data from Naxos and Crete"

Today the only human inhabitants of the earth are us Homo sapiens, yet not so long ago we lived alongside other members of our species, such as the Neanderthals and Denisovans. What makes us special? Why did we survive and the others die out? In this talk we discuss some of the claimed evolutionary ‘winning strategies’ associated with Homo sapiens, focusing on seafaring and the colonisation of islands, and the recent challenges to the theory from work on Crete and Flores that only modern humans were capable of boat building and maritime exploration. The talk ultimately focuses on work being conducted at Stelida on Naxos by the Canadian Institute in Greece, and how the discoveries at Stelida are contributing to this debate of global significance.

To be held via Zoom: https://umontreal.zoom.us/j/93257451161?pwd=cDZHVTZKa0d5VnJvMTJVRDh5TlFzdz09

Webinar by Devon Lorasbe

Date: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00
Location: 
https://uvic.zoom.us/j/86836155069
Event Description: 

Devon Lorasbe (M.A., University of Victoria), "Virtual Learning Resources from the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project"

This talk will present an overview of our learning resource development so far, for both learners and educators. Our resources use engaging pedagogical strategies and interactive digital tools to present ancient Boeotia and Eleon as a case study for learning about the ancient Greek world.

Zoom meeting: https://uvic.zoom.us/j/86836155069

Poster: www.cig-icg.gr/sites/default/files/docs/2020_12_16_Lohrasbe_webinar.pdf

Lecture by Justin S. Dwyer

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Justin S. Dwyer (Neda and Franz Leipen Fellow, the Canadian Institute in Greece; Ph.D. Candidate Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia), "Moulding the Dramatic Traditions of Euboea: A Study of Theatrical Figurines and Local Performance Culture"

Euboea produced some of Greek drama’s most renowned figures (e.g. Apollodorus of Carystus, Lycophron of Chalcis, Achaeus of Eretria); however, we know very little about the local dramatic traditions that shaped their poetry. To better understand this important alternative to Athenian drama, this talk seeks to build a diachronic model of the Euboean dramatic tradition. Since no Euboean dramatic texts survive, an interdisciplinary study of the relevant material record provides a basis for this study. Enhanced by consideration of the epigraphic record and the Hellenistic phases of the theatre at Eretria, the analysis focuses primarily on small-scale terracotta sculpture and considers both figurines and masks from collections in Karystos, Eretria, Chalkis, and Athens. From this integrated survey, a distinct regional identity of Euboean theatre begins to emerge.

Lecture by Trevor Van Damme

Date: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr Trevor Van Damme (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria), "A Late Archaic Destruction of Ancient Eleon and its Historical Implications"

Excavations since 2011 at ancient Eleon in Boeotia, a synergasia between the CIG and the Ephorate of Boeotia, have greatly informed our understanding of this site during the Late Bronze Age as well as the Archaic through Classical periods. This talk focuses on the significant quantities of discarded votive material on the acropolis and places them within their regional context. In particular, I focus on one large assemblage of material that can be dated 500-480 BCE. My talk will discuss the characterization of the finds as votive, the possible deity or deities worshipped at the site of Eleon, and the historical circumstances that led to the burning of a proposed sanctuary on the acropolis. The date assigned to the deposit raises two intriguing possibilities: a destruction associated with the Athenian campaign in east Boeotia in 506 BCE or a destruction associated with the Persian army lead by Mardonius in 479 BCE.

Lecture by Maria A. Liston

Date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr Maria A. Liston (Associate Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Waterloo), "A Tale of Two Wells:  Mothers, Midwives and Perinatal Death  in Athens and Eretria, Greece"

The death of one or more infants would have been a nearly universal part of the lives of women in Ancient Greece. Yet until recently, other than a very few burials of women and infants together, there has been almost no evidence for this. Infant remains are rare in cemeteries of nearly all periods. However, the analyses of two wells in the Athenian Agora and Eretria, Euboia provide some of the first evidence for perinatal death and the decisions that were made regarding infant remains. They offer insight into the role of midwives, the interventions that could take place in difficult births, and the causes of infant death. We cannot know how much agency the mothers had in the decisions made about their infants, but these remains provide unusually detailed evidence for the practice and outcomes of childbirth, a central event in the lives of ancient Greek women.

Lecture by Emma Hilliard

Date: 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Emma Hilliard, "Dreams, Ghosts, and Gods: The Apparition Topos in Roman Epic"

In the world of epic poetry, supernatural apparitions loom large. Traditionally these episodes are sorted into three major literary topoi: the dream topos, the ghost topos, and the divine messenger topos. Such categorization, however, denies the complex and highly syncretistic model of ancient thought on supernatural beings. I propose a new “apparition topos” as a more flexible means of interpretation, one which allows space for different types of manifestation more clearly to inform one another. The utility of this topos is demonstrated in a discussion on the Neronian poet Lucan and his complicated relationship with Virgil, Latin literature’s most important epicist. My findings show the merits of applying a new, holistic way of looking at epic apparitions that situates ghosts, dreams, and gods as related phenomena worthy of close comparison.

Screening of Canadian Film

Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Screening of the Canadian Movie “C.R.A.Z.Y” (2005; 2 hours 7 minutes; French with English subtitles)

C.R.A.Z.Y. is a 2005 Quebecois coming-of-age drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and co-written by Vallée and François Boulay. It tells the story of Zac, a young gay man dealing with homophobia while growing up with four brothers and a conservative father in Quebec during the 1960s and 1970s. The film employs an extensive soundtrack, featuring artists such as Pink Floyd, Patsy Cline, Charles Aznavour, and The Rolling Stones.

C.R.A.Z.Y. was one of the highest-grossing films of the year in Quebec and won numerous honours, among them 11 Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture. In 2015, Toronto International Film Festival critics ranked it among the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time.

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.

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