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11 to 22 June 2018

Delphi Academy of European Studies 2018. Sponsored by the Region of Central Greece

The Delphi Academy of European Studies, supported by the Region of Central Greece focuses on the diachronic and synchronic study of European history and culture and the ways in which Europe today responds to the multifaceted challenges of political, economic, and cultural globalization.

The curriculum and academic function of the Delphi Academy of European Studies is overseen by an international Committee consisting of the following Professors:

Homi Bhabha (Harvard; Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center; http://english.fas.harvard.edu/faculty/bhabha/)

Georges Dertilis, (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Directeur d'études;  http://www.dertilis-history.gr/fr/Default.aspx)

Peter Frankopan (Oxford; Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford; Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research; http://www.peterfrankopan.com/)

Michèle Lamont (Harvard; Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University; Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; http://scholar.harvard.edu/lamont/home)

Spiros Pollalis (Harvard; Professor of Design, Technology, and Management at the Harvard Design School; http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/spiro-pollalis/)

Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard; George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature; founder of the Academy and chair of the committee; http://scholar.harvard.edu/roilos/home).

The Academy offers two-week interdisciplinary, tuition free Seminars at the Centre’s facilities in Delphi. The Seminars, which are taught in English by world renowned scholars, are open mainly to graduate students/PhD candidates but also to qualified undergraduates. The instructors adopt interdisciplinary approaches to their subjects, with a view to addressing the research interests of students in the Humanities as well as the Social Sciences. The Seminars are accompanied by a workshop and/or invited lectures on current political and cultural developments in Europe. 

This year the Academy’s Seminars will focus on cultural politics in Europe in diverse historical contexts; special emphasis will be placed on the formative impact of cultural and historical pasts on political and cultural presents. The Seminars will be offered in June 11-22, 2018.

The 2018 Seminar Programme is as follows:

1. Professor Johann Chapoutot, Sorbonne

How "Germanic" Were the Greeks and Romans ? Nazi Germany and the Re-Writing of the History of Antiquity?

In the middle of the 20th century, a regime that was, in many respects, fascinated by technology and modernity, re-wrote the "history" of Greek and Roman antiquity: the Nazis were not as much interested in Germanic prehistory and in the Middle Ages as in classical antiquity. This seminar will explore the Nazi's obsession with antiquity; by studying documents and movies from the 1930's-1940's, it will try to shed light on a number of perplexing questions such as why German towns should look like ancient Rome or why Arno Breker created sculptures that (supposedly) looked like Greek works of art.

 

2. Professors Maria Gough (Harvard) and Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard)

Two (Cultural) Revolutions

The seminar will explore the cultural-political dynamics of two of the defining political forces of the 20th century: the Russian Revolution and its aftermath; and Italian fascism qua movement and regime. Both will be studied through the close analysis of aesthetic objects and cultural works that were informed by the climate of their times and that have persisted in ways that raise fundamental questions regarding the politics of historical memory.

3. Professor Dimitrios Yatromanolakis, The Johns Hopkins University

Antiquity and the Cultural Politics of the European Avant-Garde

This seminar will focus on the complex reception of ancient Greek culture by major representatives of avant-garde artists, authors, and thinkers in the interwar period. Special emphasis will be placed on the ways in which the avant-garde rediscovered suppressed aspects of Greek antiquity while questioning its dominant, post-Enlightenment (re)constructions.

 

Invited lecturers include Professor Homi Bhabha (Harvard) and Professor Georges Dertilis (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).

Upon completion of the Seminar Programme, certificates indicating the titles of the Seminars and the names of the Instructors will be awarded to the students.  

Students will be offered free lodging and meals (lunch and dinner) by the Academy at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi. The Seminar Programme is tuition-free.

Applicants to the Academy should submit the following documents:

1) CV (no more than 3 pages).  

2) Research statement no longer than 200 words.

3) Two letters of recommendation (one from the applicant's PhD/academic advisor, in the case of graduate students). The letters should include information about the applicant's coursework and academic performance in areas related to the topics of the seminars.

4) Proof of English language competence.

Applications should be submitted to the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (Mrs. Athena Gotsi, conferences2@eccd.gr) by February 28. Decisions will be communicated to the applicants by March 15.

To see comments of the participants to the 2017 programme, please click here