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2018 Summer
* GLS 329 / ECS 333 / HLS 317 (LA)   na, npdf

Athens Now: Culture and Politics in the Urban Space

Efthymia Rentzou


This seminar explores contemporary Athens and its culture as a response to increasingly complex political and social dynamics, and ultimately as a characteristic example of 21st century urban culture. The financial, political, and social crisis, as well as the refugee crisis, have radically transformed the city and the culture it produces. We will discuss Athens' contemporary cultural life through specific works in different media, but also through institutions that manage and disseminate culture to audiences, both traditional and new ones emerging from the current sociocultural landscape.

Sample reading list:
O. Bastea, The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning and Myth
D. Tziovas, Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity
K. Van Dyck, Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry
Cr. Iconomou, Something will Happen, You'll See
V. Koutras, Strella
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Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings average 100 pages a week. Class participation and oral presentations/project, one mid-term paper, one final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Other information:
This class will meet from 06/15/2018 - 07/28/2018. The coursework will be complemented by a series of meetings, discussions, and workshops with key figures of Athenian cultural life, as well as visits to museums, galleries, and other venues. In addition to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a Greek language course that will complement the content of the seminar. If interested in applying, please see GPS application.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10077 S01 TBA        Enrolled:14 Limit:15