Workshop 3: Greece In Crisis: Culture/Identity/ Politics

A mural close to Omoneia Square, comissioned by the municipality and realised by students of the Athens School of fine Arts, shows the famous hands by Albrecht Dürer pointing down towards the city Photo: Julia Tulke/

University of Oxford, Thursday, 17 March 2016

A one-day colloquium organised with the support of the AHRC as part of the Cultural Politics of the Greek Crisis network project.

Venues: University of Oxford, Taylor institution, room 2 (9.30-18.30) and (for the last lecture) Modern Art Oxford (19.00-20.00)


9.30 – 10.00 Registration & Coffee

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Writing (in) the Crisis

“Not a Diagnosis, but a Symptom”: Contemporary Greek Poetry in Transition
Thodoris Chiotis (Onassis Cultural Foundation, Athens)

Narratives of the Greek Crisis: Books vs. Social Media?
Eleni Papargyriou (King’s College, University of London)

Chair and Response: Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford)

11:30 – 11:45 Break

11:45-13:15 Panel 2:  Using Cultural Capital

Poems that Warn and Console: Appropriations of C.P.Cavafy at the Dawn of the Greek Financial Crisis
Foteini Dimirouli (University of Oxford)

Pride and Prejudice: Archeopolitics and the Iconology of the Crisis
Dimitris Tziovas (University of Birmingham)

Chair and Response: Maria Margaronis (The Nation and BBC World)

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:45 Panel 3:  Crisis in the Frame

Representing the Greek Depression: The Photography of Crisis
Penelope Petsini (Independent scholar and critic, Athens)

Depicting the Pain of Others: Photography, Refugees and the Ethics of Seeing in the Aegean Shores
George Giannakopoulos (Queen Mary, University of London)

Chair and Response: Catriona Kelly (University of Oxford)

15:45 – 16:00 Break

16:00-17:30 Panel 4:  Citizenship, Networks, Publics

Philanthropy or Solidarity? Ethical Dilemmas about Humanitarian Action in Times of Austerity
Dimitrios Theodossopoulos (University of Kent)

Turning Infrastructures on their Head
Dimitris Dalakoglou (VU University, Amsterdam)

Chair and Response: Elizabeth Kirtsoglou (University of Durham)

17:30-18:30 Round-Table Discussion followed by Wine Reception

19.00 Plenary Lecture

What’s important: Art and Politics
Adam Szymzyck (curator of documenta 14, Kassel/Athens 2017)
Public lecture to take place in Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP
The plenary lecture is FREE but registration is required
The plenary will also be live-streamed via


Attendance is free. All welcome.

This workshop is part of a two-year research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

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