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“Greece and Spain:
Parallel Histories at the Margins of Europe?”

Conference and Film Screenings
November 2008

Conference Program
November 15, 2008
Pembroke Hall 202
172 Meeting Street

Introductory Remarks - 9:30am
David Konstan, Brown University

Panel I - 9:45am
Moderated by Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University

Pura Nieto, Brown University
"The Greek and the Spanish in Unamuno's El sentimiento trágico de la vida"

Tom Devaney, Brown University
"Public Rituals in Cyprus and Andalucía"

Catherine Zerner, Brown University
"Greece and Spain, By Way of Italy: The Example of El Greco"

Coffee break 11:30am

Panel II - 11:45am
Moderated by Enric Bou, Brown University

Mercedes Vaquero, Brown University
"Folk Literature of Sephardic Salonika"

Marinos Pourgouris, Brown University
"Federico García Lorca in Greece"

George Syrimis, Yale University
"Political Repression and Cultural Excess: the Cases of Pedro Almodóvar and Stamatis Kraounakis"

Lunch and coffee break - 1:30pm

Panel III - 3:00pm
Moderated by Elsa Amanatidou, Brown University

Enric Ucelay Da Cal, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona "Adjusting Old Systems: The Forgotten Debate between Monarchy and Republic in Europe, 1919-1949"

Kostis Kornetis, Brown University
"The Prolonged Civil Wars: Political Violence and Authoritarian Rule in Greece and Spain"

Irene Martín Cortés, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) "How Interested in Politics Have Greeks and Spaniards Been Since the Transitions to Democracy?"

Coffee Break - 4:45pm

5:00pm Keynote Speech by Edward Malefakis, Columbia University.
Introduction, David Konstan, Brown University

"Spain & Greece, Greece & Spain: Parallel Histories in What Ways?"

Concluding Remarks: Carlos Robles, Consul General of Spain in Boston
Jim Green, Brown University

Reception - 7:00pm

Film Screenings

Discussion with the students of Political Cinema
Films introduced by Elsa Amanatidou & Kostis Kornetis
All screenings begin at 6:00pm

November 10
"Salonika, City of Silence" (Amaraggi, 2006) and "El Greco" (Smaragdis, 2007)
Salomon Center, Room 202

November 11
"The Traveling Players" (Angelopoulos, 1975)
Salomon Center, Room 202

November 12
"The Spirit of the Beehive" (Erice, 1973)
Wilson Hall, Room 302

Co-sponsored by The Cogut Center for the Humanities, The Departments of Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature and History, The Medieval Studies Program

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Return to "Greece and Spain" Humanities Research Group webpage.