'New Queer Greece'; Performance, Politics, Identity

10 June 2017
Saturday 10 June 2017, 10:00 - 19:00
Room 2, Taylor Institution

This one day colloquium is organized under the auspices of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture and the Sub-Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek, Oxford. It was made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Onassis Foundation. All welcome. No prior booking required.



Opening Remarks

Vassiliki Kolocotroni (Glasgow) and Dimitris Papanikolaou (Oxford)


New Queer Histories/ Methodologies

Dimitris Papanikolaou (Oxford), ‘How (not) to do the history of Modern Greek homosexuality’

Nikolaos Papadogiannis (Bangor), ‘Youth travel and the “sexual revolution” in Greece and West Germany, 1960s-1970s: the queer perspective’


Plenary Address

Stavros Stavrou Karayanni (European University Cyprus), ‘Anamnesis, Affect, and Queer Poetics: Writing Dissident Sexualities into National Identities’

Respondent: Hector Kollias (King’s College London)

1.00–2.00 Lunch

Activism/ Communities/ Politics

Elisavet Kirtsoglou (Durham), ‘Free riders, or burnt out? Debating lesbian activism in a Greek provincial town’

Dimitra Georgiadou (Durham), ‘Families that Matter: Queer experiences and politics of kinship in contemporary Greece’


An archive of feelings/ A history of representations

Elisavet Pakis (Manchester), ‘Queer and Feminist Archives of Feelings: Eleni Bakopoulou encounters Dora Rozetti on the border of the nation and belonging’

Spiros Chairetis (Oxford): The (In)Visibles: Lesbian Characters on Greek TV comedies.

4.45–5.00 Coffee/Tea

Doing queer research in Greece

Saffo Papantonopoulou (Arizona), ‘Between Genos and Gender: Transgender thoughts on “Greekness” from the diaspora’

Respondent: Hector Kollias & open discussion


Closing interventions: Performing alternative queer histories

Marios Chatziprokopiou (Aberystwyth), ‘Queering the archive of Greek laments: a self-reflexive account on the lecture-performance Pustia Ke Ololygmos: Selections from the Occult Songs of the Greek People’ [Skype pre-recorded intervention]

Closing performance: Stavros Karayanni, ‘“When the Body Re-members”

Closing remarks: Vassiliki Kolocotroni

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