This seminar functions as a forum for lectures and intellectual exchanges on cultural politics across disciplines and national or historical boundaries. The main focus of the seminar is on cultural politics across nations in the era of globalization. Synchronic as well as diachronic explorations of current debates on the tensions between hegemonizing and marginal, local, or minor cultural discourses are presented and commented on by policy makers and scholars in a variety of fields including critical theory, philosophy, anthropology, political science, history, and law. The seminar is chaired by Panagiotis Roilos, professor of comparative literature and of Greek studies.
This seminar investigates the reception, elaboration, and revaluation of ancient and classical traditions from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to modernity and postmodernity. To this end, it welcomes a variety of theoretical approaches and innovations, including philological research, hermeneutics and poetics, and cultural criticism.