With a book at hand

Discussions for recent publications

Τhe Canellopoulos Museum starts a new series of events, which is aimed to explore important cultural issues, taking recent publications as a starting point. The discussions will take place at the museum’s lecture hall. For the spring of 2023, we have chosen two books:


MONDAY 8 MAY, at 19.00

Difficult Heritage and Immersive Experiences [2023, Routledge]
Editors: Agiatis Benardou, Anna Maria Droumpouki

This collective volume explores two topics: (a) the notion of ‘difficult heritage’, which refers to subjects or periods of the recent past, which have a traumatic dimension or create divisions among parts of society, and (b) how new technologies can help to present such subjects in a balanced way and create conditions for productive dialogue. Authors include experts in museum studies and in digital humanities from around the globe (such as Sharon Macdonald, Erik Champion, Silvina Fernandez-Duque and others), who discuss a variety of examples in ‘difficult heritage’.

Kostas Karpouzis, Digital Humanities expert, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University
Elina Roinioti, Sociologist, Researcher of Digital Games and Digital Narration
Nikolas Papadimitriou, Archaeologist, Director of the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum

and the editors
Agiatis Benardou, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Associate Researcher in the Athena Research Center, Director of DARIAH-EU
Anna Maria Droumpouki, Historian, Associate Researcher at the University of Munich

The event is supported by the Greek German Fund for the Future.


13 JUNE, at 19.30
Υπό τη σκιά του Παρθενώνα. Χορός
στο Φεστιβάλ Αθηνών την περίοδο του Ψυχρού Πολέμου (1955-1966) [2022, Κάπα Εκδοτική]
Author: Steriani Tsintziloni

The book explores the consequences of Cold War on the cultural affairs of Greece, focusing on dance performance, as represented in the Athens Festival, between 1955 and 1966. The author discusses how the fierce cultural competition between USA and USSR, combined with the rise or international festivals in post-war Europe, gave the Athenian public the opportunity to enjoy dance performances of very high-quality in an otherwise difficult period. It is one of the first studies, which examine the Athens Festival (arguably the most important cultural festival in modern Greek) as a historical phenomenon, using systematic methodology.

Katia Savrami, Choreologist, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Studies, University of Patras
Zenovia Lialiouti, Assistant Professor of History, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens
Tasos Sakellaropoulos, Historian, Benaki Museum – Head of the Historical Archives

and the author
Steriani Tsintziloni, Dance theoritician – Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre Studies, University of Athen