“Memory, Conflict and Democratization in Post-Junta Greece”, lecture by Professor Kostis Kornetis (Autonomous University of Madrid)
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States + Google Map
Date: April 11, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Royce Hall 306
Introductory remarks, by The Honorable Ioannis Stamatekos, Consul General of Greece in Los Angeles
Q&A moderated by Simos Zenios, Associate Director, UCLA SNF Hellenic Center
Reception to follow
In this talk, Professor Kostis Kornetis will examine how distinct political generations experienced and remember the transition from authoritarianism to democracy in Greece, known as Metapolitefsi, since 1974. Its central claim is that the 2008-2012 economic and social crisis triggered a radical re-evaluation of democratisation by turning the conflicting generational recollections of these events into pivotal components of current political contestation. To demonstrate this, Dr. Kornetis tells the oral (hi)stories of transition and its legacy across time, beyond institutional achievements and setbacks, which was the standard trope of narrating this story until all too recently. The study draws on in-depth interviews and a close analysis of a selection of memoryscapes (texts, images, and music) of the 1970s to make sense of the different generational ways in which the past is being remembered and contested at present, arguing that “small” and “private” histories matter. As such, it introduces to the literature and public debate the crucial role of generational memory in shaping the political, social and cultural developments of the entire post-authoritarian period in Greece and beyond.
Professor Kornetis teaches contemporary history at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). He has taught at Brown University, New York University, and the University of Sheffield, and was a CONEX-Marie Curie Experienced Fellow at Carlos III, Madrid, and Santander Fellow in Iberian Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is the author of Children of the Dictatorship. Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the ‘long 1960s’ in Greece (Berghahn Books, 2013 – recipient of the Edmund Keeley book award of the MGSA) and co-editor of Metapolitefsi (Themelio, 2015), Consumption and Gender in Southern Europe since the “Long 1960s” (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Rethinking Democratisation in Spain, Greece and Portugal (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). His second book on the generational memory of the transitions to democracy in Southern Europe is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
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This event is the second in a series of events held in collaboration with the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for this pilot program, which seeks to create networks across the West Coast of North America and between the West Coast and Greece. For more information about this collaboration, please visit https://hellenic.ucla.edu/ucla-sfu-pilot-program/