The 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 2019 is a fitting moment to take stock of the cultural changes in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe over the past three decades and to reflect on the region’s conflicted and contested “Europeanness.” This is also a propitious moment to reexamine the existing analytical frameworks for writing the cultural history of this period, and to consider new possibilities.
Arts and Humanities
This conference aims to introduce Wyspianski’s revolutionary ideas, often way ahead of his time, to the American university audience. Preceding those of Gordon Craig and Antonin Artaud and bordering on what we call now post-dramatic theatre (that is non-linear theatrical composition, disconnected images, overlapping of various realities, and interplay between heterogeneous discourses), Wyspianski propagated a vision of an all-embracing, highly artistic, politically responsive, open theatre.
We are delighted to welcome Berlin-based experimental cineaste Ute Aurand for a screening of four 16mm shorts. One of the leading voices of lyrical cinema today, and a key figure in the German alternative film culture, Ute Aurand’s interest lies in the mundane and the intimate. Her films approach issues of female embodiment in the milieu and offer glimpses of her entourage’s lives over time. The screening will take place on April 24th at York street 212 (6.30 pm) and will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.
Panel discussion followed by a short performance by panelists.
“From the Fair to the Stage: Cypriot Traditional Music in the Twentieth Century” with Nicoletta Demetriou, Visiting Fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
“Ethno-giving musicology a bad name? Rethinking Greek musical studies” with Gail Holst-Warhaft, Adjunct Professor of Clasiscs Comparative Literature, and Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
1979. USSR. Directed by Lana Gogoberidze. In Georgian; English subtitles. 95 min.
Next in our Women Filmmakers Series:
A 30th anniversary 35mm screening of LITTLE VERA (1988; 135 minutes, with English subtitles)
Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm, in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
REEES Film Series of Spring 2019 presents a Documentary Screening & Post-Film Discussion with Marianna Yarovskaya, Director & Producer
The film is based on Hoover Institution Press Publication’s Paul Gregory’s book Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives. In researching the surviving threads of memoirs and oral reminiscences of five women victimized by the Gulag, author
Benjamin Peters, Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa, will present a lecture on Soviet artificial intelligence, entitled, “Neither Good nor Old-Fashioned: Rereading Soviet AI.” Professor Peters is a scholar of media theory and Russian and Soviet media and technology. He is the author of “How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet” and editor of “Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture.”
What happens when a refugee community is denied access to mainstream media? How do they tell their stories? This talk will explore this question through the case of the Karamanli Christians, Greek Orthodox Christians of the Ottoman Empire who spoke Turkish but wrote it in the Greek alphabet. In 1924, they were uprooted from their homelands as part of the massive Greco-Turkish Population Exchange and deported to Greece, where they faced systemic discrimination and exclusion due to their language.
The European Studies Council and the Department of History present the following colloquium by Maartje van Gelder, Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam; and Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, on “Protest in the Piazza: Popular Politics in Early Modern Venice” Light lunch provided.