Greek research on agenda

first_imgThe 11th International Conference on Greek Research will be taking place once again at South Australia’s Flinders University. Hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture, and the Department of Language Studies, this year’s conference will be housed at the newly erected state-of-the-art Tonsley building.Initiated 20 years ago by conference convenor Professor Michael Tsianikas, the motivation was to bring people together from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to discuss issues related to anything Greek. With the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, coupled with the crisis being faced by Modern Greek departments nation-wide, Professor Tsianikas says conferences like this are more important now than ever.“We are trying our best in order to make sure that Modern Greek will survive in this country. It’s quite a challenging time and if the communities don’t really understand what Greek programs are and what they’re representing, we’ll disappear,” Professor Tsianikas told Neos Kosmos. “The reality is that Modern Greek programs are closing down around the globe. Nowadays, all these academics from Europe and Greece are not coming any more due to the financial crisis. So it is important to engage anybody within Australia that is engaging with anything to do with Greece.” South Australian premier Jay Weatherill will again be the patron of the event, accompanied by a number of guest speakers involved in related disciplines, including Sydney University’s Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor of Modern Greek Vrasidas Karalis and Professor in Philosophy Rick Benitez.Continuing in the tradition of the previous conferences, the inter-disciplinary event will explore a number of themes including Ancient Greek Philosophy, Classical Studies, Cyprus: History and Culture, Education, Society and Culture, History and Migration, Literature and Language and Online Learning.Cost of attendance for all presenters and attendees is $255 for one day, or $335 for both. Concession card holders pay a discounted fee of $110 for one day and $210 to attend both. Along with academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, anyone interested in the subject matters being explored is encouraged to attend. The 11th International Conference on Greek Research will be taking place on June 26-27, 2015. For further information and to register, visit www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/conferences/greek/research2015/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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