November 14-16, 2013 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2:00-6:00 pm Registration

4:00-6:00 pm Session 1

Panel A·Literary-Cultural Identity Formation

Irene Kacandes, Chair·Dartmouth College, Comparative Literature·

Theodore Zervas ·North Park University·

Story and Song in Informal Learning Contexts: Children’s Early Education and National Consciousness in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Greece

Fevronia Soumakis·Columbia University Teachers College, History and Education·

Competing Visions: Greek American Education in New York, 1959-1984

Maria Kaliambou·Yale University, Hellenic Studies·

The Book Culture of Greek Americans

Panel B·Language, State, and Sustainability in the Greek World

Dr. Richard Janda, Chair·Indiana University, Linguistics·

Brian Joseph, Organizer

Efrosini Deligianni ·University of New South Wales, Modern Greek Studies·

Racist Talk in Greek Public Discourse:  The Perpetuation of a Racist Ideology

Christopher Brown· Ohio State University, Classics· and Brian Joseph·Ohio State University, Linguistics·

Ecology of the Greek Language in Southern Albania

Mark Janse·University of Ghent; Vakgroepen Taalkunde·Linguistics·

Language, State, Ideology and the Sustainability of Cappadocian

Spiros Moschonas·University of Athens, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies·

Parallell Monolingualisms in Western Thrace and in Cyprus

6:00-6:15 Break

6:15-7 pm
Session 2a

Welcome, Musical Interlude, MGSA Awards


Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union Main Floor


6:15-6:25 pm Welcome


Frank Hess, Chair, Local Arrangements Committee
Indiana University, Institute of European Studies

Maria Bucur, Associate Dean for International Programs and John W. Hill Chair in East European History, Indiana University

Artemis Leontis, Chair, Program Committee
University of Michigan, Modern Greek and Classical Studies

6:25-6:45 pm Musical Interlude               

Nickolas Karageorgiou, tenor

Kornilios Michailidis, piano

Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques                                                Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
(Five Popular Greek Melodies)   

1.     Ξύπνησε πετροπέρδικα (The Song to the Bride)

2.     Κάτω στον Αγιο Σίδερο (Yonder by the Church)

3.     Ποιός ασίκης σαν και μένα (What Gallant Compares with Me?)

4.     Μ´άντζελος είσαι, μάτια μου (The song of the Girls Collecting Mastic)

5.     Smyrne Γιαρούμπι, Σμυρνέικο (Everyone is Joyous!)

Andreas-Foivos Apostolou, piano        

Ionian Suite op. 7                                                                                Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994)

II.    Andantino                                                                                     

IV.   Moderato

Fantasy                                                                                  Andreas-Foivos Apostolou b. 1991 

6:45 - 7 pm MGSA Awards


Edmund Keeley Book Prize:

Vangelis Calotychos, The Balkan Prospect: Identity,Culture, and Politics in Greece after 1989 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Loring Danforth and Riki van Boeschoten, Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory (U-Chicago Press, 2012), shared First Prize; and
Theodora Dragostinova, Between Two Motherlands: Nationality and Emigration among the Greeks of Bulgaria, 1900-1949 (Cornell University Press, 2011), Honorable Mention.
Presented by Nia Georges, Chair, Book Prize Committee


Elizabeth Constantinides Memorial Translation Prize:

Patricia F. Barbeito, Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation, First Prize.

Honorable Mentions (3):

George Economou, translations of poems by C.P. Cavafy

Maria Kotsaftis, translation of Michalis Spengos, "National Holiday" from The Final Apology

Anna Stavrakopoulou, translation of Georgios N. Soutsos, Alexandrovodas the Unscrupulous

Presented by Artemis Leontis, Chair, Translation Prize Committee


John O. Iatrides Best Dissertation Prize:

Stefan Papaioannou, "Balkan Wars between the Lines: Violence and Civilians in Macedonia, 1912-1918."
Presented by Effie Rentzou, Chair, Dissertation Prize Committee


Graduate Student Essay Prize:

Katerina Stergiopoulou, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, for her essay "Μεταγράφοντας: Giorgos Seferis Writing with the Song of Songs."
Presented by Effie Rentzou, Chair, Essay Prize Committee

7:15-8:45 pm
Session 2b

Reception and "Greece in Writing"

Event moves to

Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center,     275 North Jordan Ave


7:15 - 7:45 pm Reception by Topo's 403


Special Session

“Greece in Writing”:  Reading and Discussion of New Creative Work

Vassilis Lambropoulos, Chair·University of Michigan, Classical Studies and Comparative Literature)·

Natalie Bakopoulos·University of Michigan, English·

Author of The Green Shore ·2012·

Christopher Bakken·Allegheny College, English·

Author of Honey, Olives, Octopus:  Adventures at the Greek Table·2013·
After Greece ·2001· Goat Funeral ·2006·
Translator with Titos Patrikios of The Lion’s Gate:  Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios ·2006

Friday, November 15, 2013

8:30-10:00 am Session 3

Panel A·Pedagogy

Elsa Amanatidou, Chair·Brown University, Modern Greek and Center for Language Studies·

George Syrimis·Yale University, Hellenic Studies·

Modern Greek and Digital Humanities

Maria Kouti·University of Missouri-St. Louis, Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages·

Effects of Explicit Instruction on L2 Pronunciation of Modern Greek by L1 English Novice Learners.

Stamatia Dova·Hellenic College Holy Cross, Greek Studies·

Subjunctive, Feta and Elytis: Rethinking Curricular Development in a Greek Language Program

Panel B·Custom, Tradition, and Change at the Edge of Europe:
                  Legal, Economic, Political, and Educational Reform in Nineteenth-Century Greece 

Peter Allen, Chair·Rhode Island University, Anthropology·

Alex Tipei, Organizer

Alex Tipei·Indiana University, History·

From Civilization to Nation: Lancastrian Schools Before and After the Greek State

Christos Theofilogiannakos·University of California, San Diego, History·

The Perennial Periphery:  Culture, Identity and Politics on the Ionian Islands during the Long Nineteenth Century

10:00-10:15 am Break

10:15 am -12:15 pm Session 4

Panel A·Literary Modernism and Its Intertexts

Efthymia Rentzou, Chair·Princeton University, French·

Suzana Vuljevic·Columbia University, History·

Free (?) Verse: A Comparison of Modernism in Greek and Albanian Poetry

Katerina Stergiopoulou·Princeton University, Comparative Literature and Hellenic Studies·

Blast Furnace of Our History: Modernism and the Avant-Garde in Greece ca. 1935

Panel B· Sounding the Self: Music and Identity in Contemporary Greek Communities

Gail Holst-Warhaft, Chair·Comparative Literature and International Studies, Cornell University·

Yona Stamatis, Panel Organizer

Nikolaos Michailidis·Princeton University, Anthropology·

Invoking Memories of Absence: Pontian-Greek Music-Making and Listening in Contemporary Turkey 

Yona Stamatis·University of Illinois, Springfield, Music·

Rebetika, Crisis and Catharsis: An Accidental Foray into Community Musick Therapy

Angelique Mouyis·Rutgers University, Music Composition·

Mikis Theodorakis: Reimagining Greece through Popular Art Song

Andrew Earle Simpson·Catholic University of America, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Theory/Composition·

The Spirit of Comedy in Theodorakis' Lysistrata

Panel C· Reshaping the Balkans: Refugees, Immigration, and Ethnic Identity

Neovi Karakatsanis, Chair·Indiana University South Bend, Political Science· 

Katerina Lagos·California State University-Sacramento, History·:

Defending Hellenic Identity: Interwar Fears and the Repression of Foreign and Minority School Education in Greece, 1924-41

George Topalidis·Southern Connecticut State University, History·

The Deported: Refugee Immigration Experiences between 1917 and 1924

Yannis Papadopoulos·University of Peloponnese, Social and Educational Policy·

Refugees, “Surplus Population” and the “Communist Peril” in Western Europe and Greece after World War II

Olga Kalentzidou·Indiana University, International Studies·

Immigration and New “Others” on the Margins of Greece

12:15-12:30 pm Break

12:30-1:45 pm Session 5 Lunch·Plenary Roundtable, “Public Humanities”

Public Humanities:  Organized Special Session

Neni Panourgia, Chair ·New School, Anthropology·

Yiorgos Anagnostou, Organizer


Gregory Jusdanis, Introduction and Commentary ·Ohio State University, Modern Greek·

Yiorgos Anagnostou·Ohio State University, Modern Greek·

Karen Emmerich·University of Oregon, Comparative Literature·

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. ·Georgia State University, Religious Studies and Hellenic Studies·

1:45-2:00 pm Break

2:00-4:00 pm Session 6

Panel A·Greek Receptions

Gonda Van Steen, Chair·University of Florida, Classics·

Calliopi Dourou·Harvard University, Classics·

Between Byzantium and Modern Greece: Nikolaos Loukanes’ 1526 Paraphrase of the Iliad

Panagiotis Antonopoulos·University of Crete, Modern Greek Philology·

Misreading Sappho in Modern Greek Translation

Mary Pittas-Herschbach·University of Maryland, Classics·
A New Context for the Centaur?

Panel B·Becoming “Greek”? Revisiting the Politics of Interwar Thessaloniki

Sakis Gekas, Chair·York University, History·

Devin Naar, Organizer

Tassos Anastassiadis·McGill University, History and Modern Greek Studies·

Studying with Sharks:  Actors and Debates around the Elaboration of a Venizelist Educational Policy in Interwar Salonica

Paris Papamichos ·Brown University, History·

Zionism, Hellenization, and the Jewish Middle Class in Interwar Salonica, 1922-1936

Devin Naar·University of Washington, History and International Studies·

Between Venizelos and Metaxas: The Possibilities and Limits of Jewish Inclusion in Interwar Thessaloniki

Thomas Gallant·University of California-San Diego, History·


Panel C· Diaspora and Transnational Studies

Yiorgos Anagnostou, Chair·Ohio State University, Modern Greek·

Christopher Grafos·York University, History·

Myth of One Canada: The Politics of Immigrant Acceptance in Toronto and Montreal, 1967-1974

Elaine Thomopoulos·Greek Museum of Berrien County, Michigan·

The Greeks of Berrien County Michigan

Kathryn Vaggalis·University of Kansas, American Studies·

“A Cargo of Hellenic Beauty:” Greek American Picture Brides and the Discursive Creation of Usable Pasts

4:00-4:15 pm Break

4:15-6:45 pm Session 7

Panel A·Greek Culture in Crisis and the Culture of Crisis in Greece

Elizabeth Davis, Chair·Princeton University, Anthropology·

Despina Lalaki·New York University, A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies·

“Whose Culture? Our Culture!” De-fetishizing and Re-appropriating the Greek Archaeological Heritage

Kathryn Kozaitis·Georgia State University, Anthropology

“Crisis of Culture”: Thessalonikians in Search of Light through Liminal Darkness

Panel B·Historical Culture

Maria Koundoura, Chair·Emerson College, Writing, Literature, and Publishing·

Emilia Salvanou·University of Athens, History·

The Making of a Field: The Construction of Ottoman Refugees’ History during the Twentieth Century

Manos Avgeridis·University of the Peloponnese, “Aristeia Research Act,” History

Greek Historical Culture in the 1960s and the Civil War Heritage

Irene Kacandes·Dartmouth College, Comparative Literature·

Historical and Cultural Impingements on Individual Memory

Trine Stauning Willert·University of Copenhagen, Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies·

Cultural Diversity and Ottoman Heritage in Contemporary Greek Popular Novels

Kerstin Jentsch-Mancor·McGill University, Modern Greek Literature·

Historical Culture and Social Memory in Michel Faïs’s Πορφυρά Γέλια (2010)

6:45-7:30pm Break

Session 8

· Yanis Varoufakis·
Keynote Presentation and Discussion


Gonda Van Steen, Welcome
President, MGSA Executive Board·University of Florida, Classics

Artemis Leontis, Introduction
Vice President, MGSA EB·University of Michigan, Modern Greek and Classics

Frank Hess, Chair
LAC Chair·Indiana University, Institute for European Studies


Yanis Varoufakis
·University of Athens, University of Texas, and Valve Corporation·Economics·

Being Greek and an Economist While Greece Burns

An intimate account of a peculiar tragedy

The crisis that erupted in Wall Street in the Fall of 2008 has had some bizarre side-effects. One of them was to push small, inconsequential Greece onto the front pages of the world’s leading newspapers and make it a permanent feature in the nightmares of peoples and policy-makers world-wide. Another was to create a new category of economist, fashioned by the global media: the ‘Greek economist’. This talk is to be delivered by one such person who never thought of himself as a Greek economist and who, despite his portrayal by the media as an ‘expert’, has never stopped saying that economists, independently of their intelligence or personal ethics, belong to a sinister priesthood purveying thinly disguised (and heavily mathematized) superstition as scientific economics.

Saturday, November 16

9:00-10:30 am Session 9

Panel A·Rereading the Literary Canon

Gerasimus Katsan, Chair·CUNY Queens, European Languages and Literatures·

Alvaro Garcia Marin·Columbia University, Hellenic Studies·

It's All about the Signifier: Uncanny Narratives and Repetition Compulsion in Modern Greek Culture

Annika Demosthenous·University of Oxford, Medieval and Modern Languages·

Ithaka or Hame: Translations of Cavafy Into Scots

Peggy Karpouzou·University of Athens, Philology·

Towards an Ethics of Uncertainty: Bioethical Issues and the Concept of the Author in N. Panagiotopoulos, The Gene of Doubt and N. Vlantis, Writersland: The Authors’ Island.

Panel B· Greek Anti-Americanism in Perspective ·1944-1974·
                   Ambiguities, Continuities and Discontinuities

Jonathan Swarts, Chair·Purdue University North Central, Political Science·

Kostis Karpozilos, Organizer

Kostis Karpozilos·Columbia University, History·

"Roosevelt Save Us": The Greek Left and the New Deal, 1944-1949

Zinovia Lialiouti·Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Political Science·

Aspects of the Greek Cold War Consensus: The Ambiguous Perception of America and the “National Mindedness”, 1947-1967

Kostis Kornetis·New York University, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies·

Anti-Americanism and Thirdworldism Among Young Anti-Regime Radicals During the Colonels’ Dictatorship, 1967-1974

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45 am -12:15 pm Session 10

Panel A·Colonial/Postcolonial Greece: A Transnational Perspective

Vangelis Calotychos, Chair·Columbia University, Modern Greek and Classics·

Maria Koundoura, Organizer

Maria Koundoura·Emerson College, Writing, Literature, and Publishing·

Is the “Trans” in National the “Post” in Postcolonial?

Dusan Bjelic·Southern Maine, Criminology·

Greek Jews, Colonization of Greece:  Toward a Minoritarian History of Greece

Maria Boletsi·Leiden University, Film and Comparative Literature·

A Liminal Topos between Old and New Realities: The Functions of “Waiting for the Barbarians” after 9/11

Panel B·Foreign Interventions: Twentieth-Century Greek History

Victor Papacosma, Chair·MGSA Executive Director; Kent State University, Emeritus Professor, History·

Nicholas James Kalogerakos·Oxford St. Antony's College, History·

The U.S. Reaction to the Athens Polytechnio Uprising in 1973

Susan Heuck Allen·Brown University, Classics·

The Children's House

Panel C·Issues of Reproduction

Nia Georges, Chair·Rice University, Anthropology·

Faidra Papavasiliou·Georgia State University, Anthropology·

Old Seeds in New Gardens: Sustainability, Agrobiodiversity and New Ruralities in Greece Today

Maria Bareli·University of Crete, Sociology·

Aspects of the Commons and the Gift in the Ikarian Paniyiri: Issues of Social Reproduction and Change

Venetia Kantsa·University of the Aegean, Social Anthropology and History·

Reproductive Work at the "Periphery": Space, Visibility, and Desire

12:15-12:45 pm Lunch Break

Informal disciplinary caucuses meeting schedule.

Saturday 12:15-12:45 informal caucus meetings (except Anthropology): gather at Biddle Hotel Registration desk.

1. Greek-American Studies, Giorgos Anagnostou

2. Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, Maria Hadjipolycarpou , Gregory Jusdanis and     Karen Emmerich

3. Linguistics, Brian Joseph

4. History, Kostis Kornetis and Sakis Gekas

5. Anthropology, Roland Moore
The Anthropology caucus will convene 6:30-8:00pm at BuffaLouie's, 114 S Indiana Ave and Kirkwood

12:45-2:45 pm Session 11

Panel A·Visual Culture

Kostis Kourelis, Chair·Franklin & Marshall College, Art History·

Martha Klironomos·San Francisco State University, Modern Greek Studies·

Travel Writing, Photography and Practices:  Patrick Leigh Fermor vs. Joan Rayner

Lydia Papadimitriou·Liverpool John Moores University, Film Studies·

Contemporary Greek Cinema: Directions, Prospects and Exchanges

Foteini Venieri·University of Thessaly, Museum Education and Research Laboratory·

Museum Theatre Interpretation in Greece: Current Practice and Future Perspectives” (co-authored)

Matthew Milliner·Wheaton College, Art·

Converting Veronese: Visual Sabotage in Colonial Corfu

Panel B· Traces of Ottoman History

Thomas Gallant, Chair· University of California-San Diego, History·

Firuzan Melike Sumertas·Bogazici University, History; Princeton University, History·

The Greek Orthodox Community at the Making of Urban Istanbul

Nevila Pahumi·University of Michigan, History·

Constructing Difference: Protestantism Along the Modern Greek-Albanian Border, 1891-1914

Vasiliki Amorati·Bogazici University, History·

Beyond Myths and Realities of Smyrna's Cosmopolitanism and Urbanization: Exploring the Agrarian Life of the Greek Orthodox Inhabitants of Smyrna During the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century.

Pamela Dorn Sezgin·University of North Georgia, History, Anthropology, Religion and Philosophy, HARP·

Kadıköy: Searching for the Greek Past in an Istanbul Neighborhood

2:45-3:00 pm Break

3:00-5:00 pm Session 12

Panel A·Nineteenth-Century Literature in National Contexts 

Martha Klironomos, Chair·San Francisco State University, Modern Greek Studies·

Etienne Charriere·University of Michigan, Comparative Literature·

The Past Is No Foreign Country: Writing Historical Fiction in Greece and Ireland in the Nineteenth Century

Pieter Borghart·Ghent University, Literature·

The Historical Novel and the Nation: The Lord of Morea ·1850· as Documentary Chronotope

Steven Van Renterghem·Ghent University, Literary Studies·

Nationalism and Genre in Early Nineteenth-Century Greek Novels”

Nektaria Klapaki·University of Washington, International Studies, Hellenic Studies·

Modern Greek Literature and the Religion of Greek Nationalism: Kalvos and Solomos

Panel B·Civic Action

Despina Margomenou, Chair·University of Michigan, Modern Greek, Kelsey Museum·

Eva Fotiadi·University of Amsterdam, Art History·

Site-Specific Artists’ Practices in Athens since 2000: Collectivity, New Artistic Subjectivities and a Culture of Events

5:00-5:15 pm Break

5:15-6:15 pm  Session 13·Plenary Roundtable

Anthropology of Greece in Transition:  Organized Special Session

Othon Alexandrakis, Organizer·York University, Anthropology·


Elizabeth Davis·Princeton University, Anthropology·

Faidra Papavasiliou·Georgia State University, Anthropology·


Special Event

with Rebetiki Istoria


Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black  Cultural Center, 275 North Jordan Ave


Indiana University’s Institute for European Studies and Modern Greek Program
invite symposium participants to the


Horoesperida with Rebetiki Istoria

Pavlos Vassiliou, vocals and tzoura

Nikolaos Menegas, bouzouki

Vangelis Nikolaidis, kithara

Yona Stamatis, violi and bouzouki

Cash bar featuring Greek wine, beer, and mezedes plates for sale.


The “Horoesperida with Rebetiki Istoria” is organized by Yona Stamatis and Frank Hess

It is offered at no cost to the MGSA Symposium registrants through the generosity of the following donors:

Rick and Soula Rifkin and the Rifkin Family Foundation

Dr. Elaine and Dr. Kevin Coghlan
Topo’s 403
Dr. George Bakris
The National Hellenic Society

Sunday, November 17

8:30-9:15 am MGSA Business Meeting (open to all MGSA members)