About the project

The Cultural Politics of the Greek Crisis:

An AHRC funded networking project which aims to stimulate debate among academics, research students, journalists, artists and writers on the implications of the economic crisis for Greek culture and identity and foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among historians, literature and performing arts scholars, cultural theorists, political scientists and anthropologists on the ways in which economic crises impact on cultural practices and identity constructions. This dialogue will highlight the virtually uncharted cultural aspects of the Greek economic crisis by exploring the interconnections between economy, culture and identity. This project runs from September 2014 until August 2016.

The project will hold three workshops in order to consolidate the network and develop structured discussions on issues arising from the project’s central concerns, as follows:

  • a) how the crisis has led Greeks to rethink or question cultural discourses and conceptions of identity established since 1974;
  • b) how Greek cultural agents and institutions are being affected by the Greek economic crisis;
  • c) how contemporary Greek literature, art and cinema are responding to the Greek economic crisis;
  • d) how modes of intellectual engagement have changed due to the crisis;
  • e) how notions of cultural purity and perceptions of the ancient past have informed identity claims by extremist groups.

Principal Investigator: Professor Dimitris Tziovas, University of Birmingham, d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk

Co-Investigator: Professor Dimitris Papanikolaou, University of Oxford,  dimitris.papanikolaou@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

Photography: Michel Fais