ACG 150

Lectures

The Christianization of Urban Space in Late Antiquity: The case of Philippopolis

A guest lecture by Ivo Topalilov

Associate Professor, Head of the Centre of Thracology, Institute for Balkan Studies Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

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Child Adoption: Greek Myth, Literature and Reality

Classical scholar and linguist Gonda Van Steen captivated a packed audience at the 27th Kimon Friar Lecture with her presentation titled “Child Adoption: Greek Myth, Literature and Reality.” Drawing from her extensive academic background and groundbreaking research, Van Steen delved into the intersection of ancient Greek literature, modern adoption studies, and real-life experiences to shed light on the complex topic of child adoption. Her discussion ranged from exploring ancient Greek tragedies like Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus to examining contemporary adoption networks that placed thousands of Greek children in the United States post-World War II. Emphasizing the importance of adoptees’ access to their identity records and their desire to reconnect with their Greek heritage, Van Steen’s lecture underscored the enduring relevance of adoption as a theme in both ancient and modern societies.

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Conferences

Treaty of Lausane

The General Secretariat for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Religion, and Sports, in collaboration with the Holy Metropolis of Messinia, alongside the Armenian Genocide Research Program at the University of California, USA, and the Chair of Pontic Studies at the Department of History and Archaeology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with support from the Program of Modern Greek Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and The American College of Greece, organized a conference titled “One Hundred Years from the Treaty of Lausanne: Its Impact on the Contemporary Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond.” The conference took place from December 7th to 9th, 2023, in Kalamata and explored the enduring implications of the Treaty of Lausanne on the present-day Eastern Mediterranean region and its broader ramifications.

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Unveiling the Tapestry

The international Conference “Branding Mediterranean Europe: Tourism, Transport, and National Identity, 1945-1990,” held in June 2023 in Rethymno, Crete, emerged as a pivotal gathering uniting experts and researchers from diverse disciplines to delve into the profound impact of tourism on the cultural identity of Mediterranean Europe during the specified era. Co-organized by the University of Sheffield, the ACG Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism and Leisure (CoEFTL), and the Institute of Mediterranean Studies, the conference offered a multidimensional exploration of the subject matter, enriched by contributions from various academic perspectives. Dr. Eirini Karamouzi of the University of Sheffield and Deree, along with Dr. Maria Psimouli of Deree and Dr. Stella Kladou of the Hellenic Mediterranean University, delivered notable presentations, delving into facets of branding and identity. Their insights, alongside those of other esteemed speakers, fueled enlightening discussions, amplifying our comprehension of the intricate relationship between tourism, transport, national identity, and branding strategies in the Mediterranean region post-World War II.

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Workshops

Digital Humanities Bootcamp

The American College of Greece (ACG) took a significant step forward in the realm of digital humanities with its inaugural Digital Humanities Bootcamp, held from September 4-7, 2023. Attended by 40 enthusiastic scholars, the event boasted a distinguished lineup of academics leading masterclasses and seminars. Scholars such as Mairin MacCarron of University College Cork, Kalliopi Zervanou from Leiden University, Thomas Smits of the University of Antwerp, and Ignacio Aguiló from the University of Manchester, offered a comprehensive training program covering topics such as network science, text mining, metadata standards and ontologies, as well as multimodal machine learning and decolonization in digital humanities. The bootcamp, organized in collaboration with the ACG Institute for Hellenic Culture and the Liberal Arts (IHCLA) and the ACG Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism, and Leisure (CoEFTL), and funded by Research England, aimed to expand the scope of digital humanities research. During the opening remarks, ACG representatives stressed the importance of this initiative in advancing digital humanities scholarship. Throughout the bootcamp, speakers addressed the multifaceted nature of digital humanities, emphasizing the intersection between technology and humanistic inquiry. Discussions ranged from the challenges of digitization and text analysis to the complexities of decolonizing digital research methods. Participants engaged in lively discussions and gained practical experience with tools and techniques, ultimately deepening their understanding of digital research methodologies and their potential to enrich scholarly inquiry and public engagement.

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