Film as Public History: Stefanos Tsivopoulos' "Untitled (The Remake)" and the Encounter with the Unthinkable with Professor Dimitris Antoniou

May 3, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul

Film Screening and Lecture
Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 18:30-20:00
Location: Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul

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Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul invites you to public screening of the film Untitled (The Remake) (Dir. Stefanos Tsivopoulos, 2007), followed by a lecture by  Dimitris Antoniou on cinema, public history, and the legacy of the Greek military regime of April 21st, 1967.

This event is part of the "The World Responds to the Greeks." The product of a unique collaboration between Columbia University, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, and Boğaziçi University,  “The World Responds to the Greeks” is an undergraduate seminar offered simultaneously at Boğaziçi University and Columbia University, and is part of the ongoing Columbia Global Seminar on Byzantine and Modern Encounters. Originally offered in 2015 by Professors Karen Van Dyck and Martha Howell of Columbia University, "The World Responds to the Greeks" is currently being taught by Professor Dimitrios Antoniou in New York and Professor Matthew Gumpert in Istanbul.

This spring "The World Responds to the Greeks" examines the way particular spaces serve as sites for the production and reproduction of cultural and political imaginaries. It places particular emphasis on the themes of the polis, the city, and the nation-state as well as on spatial and literary representations of and responses to notions of Greece across time. The question of space and the site-specific is also raised by the very logistics of the course, which links two classrooms, two groups of students, and two professors by way of long-distance learning technologies. Unlike other courses live-streaming a single professor's lecture to passive audiences, "The World Responds to the Greeks" emphasizes dialogue, team-teaching, and students' active participation through the use of special software and studio equipment. 

"The World Responds to the Greeks" aims to familiarize students not only with Greece as a space at the crossroads of East and West but also with the ways in which different disciplines have considered space across geography and time, and understood it, in their own ways, as "Hellenic."  Towards that end the course has been adapted to include a number of open classes in the form of public events to facilitate a wider discussion and engagements with communities in New York and Istanbul.
Dimitris Antoniou is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University. His research draws on approaches in modern Greek studies, anthropology, and history in order to examine the political and historical dimensions of immateriality. In particular, Dimitris takes unrealized government initiatives and especially failed architectural projects as vantage points to consider state operation and the making of public history. He has recently completed an ethnography of an unbuilt mosque in the suburbs of Athens and is currently collaborating with architects and artists on research that explores the story of the Nation's Vow, a cathedral that the military regime of 1967 never managed to build in the capital city. 
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