Keynote Lecture: The Notion of "Crisis" in Modern Greek Studies: The Snares of a Sisyphean Conception

Alexander Kazamias

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Abstract

This lecture provided a theoretical assessment of the term ‘crisis’ in Modern Greek Studies and proposed alternative ways of deploying the concept to explain not only the current, but also earlier Greek crises. In so doing, it focused on four objectives. First, it explored the different uses of the term ‘crisis’ in modern Greek History, Politics and Economics, through examining some major scholarly works in these three disciplines. Second, it developed an alternative approach to
the notion of ‘crisis’ premised on the historical/critical conceptions of Antonio Gramsci, Michel Foucault, Reinhart Koselleck and the Frankfurt School philosophers Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno. Third, it showed how the chronicity of crisis in modern Greek history is connected to, but not determined
by the country’s semi-peripheral status in the modern world system. Fourth, it warned against two prevalent analytical fallacies in the current narratives of crisis in Modern Greek Studies, globalism and culturalism. In their place it proposed a more flexible understanding of Greece’s crisis-proneness that avoids the Sisyphean pitfalls of fatalism and determinism.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018
EventExploring ‘Crisis’ in the Modern Greek World. Cultural narratives, identity politics, social life
- University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20184 May 2018

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ConferenceExploring ‘Crisis’ in the Modern Greek World. Cultural narratives, identity politics, social life
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period4/05/184/05/18

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Conception
Modern Greek
Greek History
Pitfalls
Culturalism
Philosopher
Michel Foucault
World System
Globalism
Determinism
Theodor W. Adorno
Modernity
Antonio Gramsci
Fallacies
Fatalism
Frankfurt School
Reinhart Koselleck
Economics
Max Horkheimer

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Kazamias, A. (2018). Keynote Lecture: The Notion of "Crisis" in Modern Greek Studies: The Snares of a Sisyphean Conception. Exploring ‘Crisis’ in the Modern Greek World. Cultural narratives, identity politics, social life
, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Keynote Lecture: The Notion of "Crisis" in Modern Greek Studies: The Snares of a Sisyphean Conception. / Kazamias, Alexander.

2018. Exploring ‘Crisis’ in the Modern Greek World. Cultural narratives, identity politics, social life
, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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Kazamias, A 2018, 'Keynote Lecture: The Notion of "Crisis" in Modern Greek Studies: The Snares of a Sisyphean Conception' Exploring ‘Crisis’ in the Modern Greek World. Cultural narratives, identity politics, social life
, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 4/05/18 - 4/05/18, .
Kazamias A. Keynote Lecture: The Notion of "Crisis" in Modern Greek Studies: The Snares of a Sisyphean Conception. 2018. Exploring ‘Crisis’ in the Modern Greek World. Cultural narratives, identity politics, social life
, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Kazamias, Alexander. / Keynote Lecture: The Notion of "Crisis" in Modern Greek Studies: The Snares of a Sisyphean Conception. Exploring ‘Crisis’ in the Modern Greek World. Cultural narratives, identity politics, social life
, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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