Past Event

Cine-forum: Elia Kazan's "America America"

April 25, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We cordially invite you to the screening of “America America” directed by Elia Kazan and a discussion with Professor Karen Van Dyck, Director of Hellenic Studies at Columbia University, at Zografyon Greek School.

The screening will take place within the context of the Columbia Global Seminar: Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters, a unique semester-long course taught by Professors Martha Howell and Karen Van Dyck at Bogazici University.

Cine-forum: “America America” directed by Elia Kazan, 1963

Featuring: Prof. Karen Van Dyck (Hellenic Studies, Classics, Columbia University)

Date and time: April 28, 2015 at 18:00 – 21:00

Venue: Zografyon Greek High School

Address: Turnacıbası Sk. No: 27 Beyoglu – Istanbul

How is Orientalism defined as other than Greek? What does it mean for a Greek-American woman Demetra Vaka Brown to write about Turkish women in the 1910s and 20s? How might we reconsider nationalism and hybrid identity through the prism of Greco-Ottomanism? What does Kazan mean by Anatolian? How are Armenian and Greek identities blurred in his films and novels? Why does the film title repeat America twice? If East met West when Greeks left Anatolia and Greece for America from the 1880s on, what happens when Greece becomes the West for Balkan immigrants since the 1980s? How are the cases of Vaka Brown and Kazan useful in thinking about the different ways that literature and film use Greece as a comparative case?

Background readings:

Demetra Vaka Brown, The Unveiled Ladies of Stamboul 2005 (1923)
---. Haremlik: Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women 2004 (1909) Chapters 7 and 10.
Yiorgos Kalogeras, “Hellenic Diaspora, Greek Immigrants, Americans of Hellenic Descent: Understanding Turn of the 20th Century Greek Immigration to the USA” and “Are Armenians White? Reading Elia Kazan’s America America.” in Post-national Enquiries: Essays on Ethnic and Racial Border Crossing. Ed Jopi Nyman. Cambridge Scholarly Publications, 2009.
Vangelis Kechriotis, “Ottomanism with a Greek Face: Karamanli Greek Orthodox Diaspora at the end of the End of the Ottoman Empire,” Mediterranean Diasporas, eds Konstandina Zanou and Maurizio Isabella

The language of the film is English. Greek subtitles will be available.

Participation to the event is free of charge. As space is limited, we kindly ask you to confirm your participation. Please register through the following link: