«Imagi(ni)ng «Crisis»: Materialities of Seeing and Representing in the Greek Critical Conjuncture»
British School at Athens
16th-17th December 2013
The ‘crisis’ is currently emblematized as the fundamental term for organising, sensing and
representing Greek social experience. Broadly defined as the destabilisation of any number of
spheres (financial, social, environmental etc.), the ‘crisis’ entails the workings of imagination and
representation as engaged by individuals and by official mechanisms of signification. The ‘crisis’
thus engenders poetics, ideologies, polemic, aesthetics and rhetoric. This workshop seeks to
make sense of the Greek ‘crisis’, its experiences and representations, by bringing together
anthropologists and visual practitioners. The workshop emphasises the sensorial level, and
particularly visualise (taken to mean both the embodied act of seeing and the act of representing).
The workshop approaches the ‘crisis’ as a field of experience, an object of representation, a
sphere of affect and a realm of cultural production.
The focus on visuality takes up the challenge to destabilize the dominant social-science hierarchy
of value that privileges discursive and linguistic modes. The workshop turns to the visual as a
means of complicating information that stems from the study of discourse and rhetoric (Pinney
2004). At the same time, it explores questions of ideology in the construction, dissemination and
perception of the ‘crisis’. Themes of interest include: visual media and protest; aesthetics and the
senses; cultural production and agency; representation of suffering; subalternity; reconceptualizing
periphery and the margins; social imagination; poetics of dissent; ethnography in
conditions of ‘crisis’; hegemony and the body; theorizing mainstream and other forms of media,
activism and art-practice.
The keynote lecture will be delivered by Christopher Pinney (Professor of Anthropology and
Visual Culture, University College London). Pinney’s work on Indian visual culture, and
particularly his propositions concerning Other possibilities of visual ethnography and visual
history, are fundamental to the workshop’s aims.
Workshop organised by Konstantinos Kalantzis (Panteion University)
Monday 16th December
10.10-10.20: Catherine Morgan (BSA): Welcome.
10.20-10.30: Konstantinos Kalantzis (Panteion University): Introduction.
Mediascapes and the Crisis
Discussant: Athena Peglidou (University of the Aegean)
10.30-10.55: Penelope Papailias (University of Thessaly): To Mavro: The Black Screen of the ‘Crisis’.
10.55-11.20: Eleana Yalouri (Panteion University) and Nina Pappa (Athens Polytechnic School):
The Metaphysics of the Greek Crisis.
11.20-11.45: Konstantinos Kalantzis (Panteion University): Highland Crete as Anti-Germany:
Photographic Engagements ‘in-Crisis’.
Visuality, Visibility, Evidence
Discussant: Penelope Papailias (University of Thessaly)
13.00-13.25: Alexandra Bakalaki (University of Thessaloniki): Chemtrails and the Temporalities of
13. 25-13.50: Athena Peglidou (University of the Aegean): ‘Transparent’ Envelopes: Moral Crisis,
‘Corruptive’ Practices and Health.
13.50-14.15: Eva Stefani (University of Athens): Filming the Crisis at an Athenian Hospital.
14.50-16.00: Lunch Break
Art Practices in-Crisis
Discussant: Christos Varvantakis (Freie University, Berlin)
16.00-16.25: Elpida Rikou (Athens School of Fine Arts) and Io Chaviara (Athens School of Fine
Arts): Art in ‘Crisis’: Questioning Established Connections Between Works, Discourses,
16.25-16.50: Eirene Efstathiou (Athens School of Fine Arts): Remembering in Public: Thoughts on
Studio Practice and the Politics of Found Images.
18:00: Keynote Lecture
Crisis, Citizenship and the Camera: The Civil Contract of Photography in India
Christopher Pinney (University College London)
A reception will follow
Tuesday 17th December
Visualizing the Greek Crisis: Film and Photography
Discussant: Konstantinos Kalantzis (Panteion University)
10.30-10.55: Christos Varvantakis (Freie University, Berlin): Occupied Visions: Greek Youths’ Digital
Video Making and Sharing in the Crisis.
10.55-11.20: Konstantinos Aivaliotis (Panteion University): Searching for Ways to Portray the Crisis:
Cinematic Tools and Anthropological Thoughts.
11.20-11.45: Penelope Petsini (University of Western Macedonia): From National Exaltation to
Great Depression: Greek Photographers Representing the Crisis.
Spatializing the Crisis
Discussant: Eleana Yalouri (Panteion University).
12.30-12.55: Pafsanias Karathanasis (University of the Aegean): Nicosia in ‘Crisis’ and the City Walls.
12.55-13.20: Zafos Xagoraris (Athens School of Fine Arts): Legal Texts and Public Space.
13.20-13.45: Maria Papanikolaou (Athens School of Fine Arts): Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear!
13.45-14.15: Closing discussion.