DescriptionNineteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture “The Greek Revolution of 1821 and its Multiple Legacies” by Professor Gonda Van Steen.
Part of 21 in 21 programme of events celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence (1821-2021)
The Lecture took place online via Zoom at 6pm (GMT)
Since the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, the Greek people have celebrated three major anniversaries: the 50th, 100th, and 150th anniversary date of the inception of this revolutionary war that led to sovereign statehood after nearly four centuries of Ottoman rule. These three jubilees, each with their own legacies, have come to represent three different ways of celebrating Greek statehood that have, nonetheless, much in common. They posited a linear progression from Greek antiquity through postclassical, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine (Ottoman) times. The lecture explored in what ways the celebrations and re-enactments, with their commemorative events and symbolic images, acquired a prescriptive character, which advanced their aim to educate youth in state-promoted nationalism, and to what extent the present 200th anniversary celebrations differ from the three aforementioned ones.
Professor Gonda Van Steen holds the Koraës Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, Director of Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London.
Hosted by Professor Ken Badcock, Senior Vice-Principal (Academic Strategy, Partnerships and Resources) and Chairman of the Hellenic Institute Steering Group at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Lecture was attended by 100 guests.
|Period||11 Mar 2021|
|Location||Egham, United Kingdom|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
- Modern Greece
- Greek Revolution
- Modern Greek Studies
- Memory Studies
- memory discourse