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The Greek War of Independence in the visual arts and literature



The Greek War of Independence in the visual arts and literature


22 October 2021


A Greek Dialogues Online Special Seminar in collaboration with 21IN21 to celebrate the bicentenary of Greek Independence. This seminar, moderated by Liana Giannakopoulou (Senior Research Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Greek Studies and Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, University of Cambridge) features a discussion on the representation of the struggle for independence through art and literature.

In “The Shifting Sands of Philhellenism and the First English Portraits of Byron: From ‘Preposterous Liberalism’ to the ‘Excuse’ of Freedom”, Dr Aris Sarafianos (University of Ioannina) discusses the disparate factors underpinning the advocacy of Greek independence by some of Europe’s intellectual class through an examination of two portraits of Lord Byron, a committed philhellene.

Professor Dimitris Plantzos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) examines the role played by public exhibits in expressing and shaping Greek identity since Independence. In “Public Statues, National Anniversaries, and the Winters of Our Discontent”, he discusses questions of public space, cultural memory, national heterotopias, and Greek archaeopolitics.

21IN21 is a series of events, live and online, to mark this significant episode in Greek history and recognise the sacrifices and struggles of the people involved. The events are organised by institutions throughout the UK, Greece, and Cyprus.

(Edited description from organiser’s website)

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