Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia & NZ to hold 15th Biennial Conference

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The Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (MGSAANZ), alongside the Department of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney, will hold their 15th Biennial Conference from December 6 – 7 this year.

The Conference, titled ‘After the Crisis, Where to? Discussing Modern Greek Studies in the Age of Uncertainty,’ will be held at the University of Sydney (USYD).

The Conference will be convened by Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies at USYD; and Associate Professor Anthony Dracopoulos, Chair, Discipline of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies, School of Languages and Cultures at USYD.

Almost six years after its last conference, the MGSAANZ are inviting all Australian academics, researchers, writers and cultural actors to their upcoming meeting dedicated to the diagnosis of what happened during the last six years in Australia with the Greek language.

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What is the future of Modern Greek in Australia.

The Conference will look at the future of Modern Greek studies in Australia, the teaching of Modern Greek language, the orientations of current academic research, the publishing of relevant literature and the appearance of new creative writing, together with other papers on politics, culture, art and society.

The Conference wants to expand its scope and perspective to include a wide variety of research and cultural reconsiderations that take place in the Greek Australian diaspora, but also in Global Greek studies, including visual arts, literary writing, music and cultural performance.

Furthermore, the conference will dedicate a substantial part of its discussions in presenting books published both in Greek and English by writers based in Australia, while honouring the work and legacy of recently departed seminal literary figures, like Dimitris Tsaloumas and Antigone Kefala.

The MGSAANZ remain open to suggestions about possible panel discussions and individual contributions.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts and proposals is: August 30th, 2024. Please email: Vrasidas.Karalis@sydney.edu.au or Anthony.Dracopoulos@sydney.edu.au.

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