Κύκλος Σεμιναρίων της Τρίτης του ΕΕΠΓ

Το ΕΕΠΓ  σας καλωσορίζει στον κύκλο σεμιναρίων της Τρίτης του εργαστηρίου, για το χειμερινό εξάμηνο του 2017. Τα σεμινάρια διεξάγονται στην Αίθουσα « Περιστιάνη», στο Κτίριο Μπίνειο, στις 21:00.

WRITING SYSTEMS, NATIONAL IDENTITIES AND ETHNOLINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN  SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE 

Guest lecturer: Giustina Selvelli, PhD

In this series of seminars, I will illustrate what I define as the anthropological value of writing systems, highlighting their symbolic function in the representation of collective identities. The focus of the investigation will be mainly placed on the Southeast European (multi)cultural space, and I will combine together historical, anthropological and sociolinguistic approaches and resources.

17 Οκτωβρίου What is the Anthropology of Writing? The power of scripts in ancient traditions: examples related to the Cyrillic, Glagolitic and Armenian alphabets
31 Οκτωβρίου Reflections from our contemporary writing contexts: written objects and artifacts, graffiti and the challenges posed by modern technologies
14 Νοεμβρίου The decline of the Arabic alphabet in the post-ottoman period: the cases of Bosnia, Bulgaria and Turkey
28 Νοεμβρίου The ideology on the Latin alphabet as the ‘modernizing’ script: challenges to Cyrillic in post WW1 Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and USSR
12 Δεκεμβρίου Script issues after the end of Socialism: the Cyrillic/Latin dispute in Serbia/Croatia, Bulgaria and in the post-Soviet space

During the first cycle of these seminars, the audience will be introduced to the emerging field of the Anthropology of Writing, and attention will be focused on the importance of writing systems for the construction and maintenance of different kinds of identities: cultural, national, ethnic, religious and social ones. For this purpose, I will employ both historical and contemporary examples of the anthropological value of writing systems, ranging from the question of the invention of the Glagolitic alphabet by Cyril and Methodius in the IX century to graffiti by minorities in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protests of 2013. While posing the question of their importance for the preservation of cultural diversity in the contemporary written panorama, we will be dealing with the multiple alphabets of Southeast European cultural tradition, including the Greek, the Cyrillic, the Glagolitic, the Latin, the Arabic, the Kurdish and the Armenian alphabets.

During the second cycle of the seminars, we will examine the topic of ethnolinguistic minorities and script choice in relation to the processes of national identity construction which emerged in Southeast Europe in the “post-imperial” and “post-socialist” moments of transition. For what concerns the period that followed the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, we will address, among others topics, the Turkish alphabet reform with its significant consequences for the Muslim minorities of the Balkan area and the “abecedar” primer created for the Slavophone communities in Aegean Macedonia. Finally, we will connect such topics to more recent developments triggered by the end of Communist rule, specifically concentrating on issues arising after the collapse of Yugoslavia and on the modified status of the Cyrillic script in various post-socialist countries.