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Online roundtable discussion: 'Golden Dawn: Is this the end of the story?'

Thursday 19 November 2020
This event will be held online as a Zoom webinar. The event is free and open to all but registration is required.

Organized by: Maria Boletsi (Leiden University & University of Amsterdam), Dimitris Papanikolaou (Oxford University), Kristina Gedgaudaite (Princeton University), with the support of TORCH (Oxford University Humanities Research Center)

A few days after the final chapter in the historical trial of the Golden Dawn, Greece’s neo-Nazi party, has been completed with its conviction as a criminal organization, this is a moment to return to the phenomenon of its popularity and scrutinize the narrative of its rise and fall. What have been the social, cultural, and political forces that allowed the Golden Dawn's rise and popularity, making its acts possible but also normalizing its practices for a part of the population? How popular was the party's discourse, which narratives and languages did it rest on, and what traces of that discourse may we still find in other forms of populist rhetoric and popular narratives? And, finally, is this the end of the neofascist presence in Greek politics?

A roundtable discussion with the following speakers:

  • Georgios-Evgenios Douliakas MA, Leiden University
  • Marina Terkourafi, Leiden University
  • Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Eleftheria Ioannidou, University of Groningen
  • Maria Margaronis, London correspondent of The Nation and BBC Radio
  • Emilia Salvanou, Utrecht University


Please register and you will be emailed a link to join the online event on Zoom.


About the roundtable series

This is the second event in an online roundtable series under the general heading “Modern Greek Studies and Beyond: Local Cases, Global Debates.” The series is organized by the network
'Rethinking Modern Greek Studies in the 21st century: A Cultural Analysis Network', initiated by Maria Boletsi, Dimitris Papanikolaou and Kristina Gedgaudaite. The roundtable discussions bring local case studies from Greek culture, society, history, and politics to bear on larger and timely theoretical, political, and cultural debates: debates on ecocriticism, fascism and populism, biopolitics and race, languages of futurity from the European and Global South, and covid-19 as a transversal crisis.

We aim at inclusivity and diversity in speakers and audiences and at stimulating interdisciplinary dialogues that will take scholars outside the comfort zones of their disciplines. In each roundtable, invited speakers from different disciplines and career stages will converse with each other, in order to promote exchanges among scholars who might normally not sit around the same academic table.

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