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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 April 2016
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2016 HAL draws on health and wellbeing On Wednesday 16 March, the Hellenic Lawyers Association hosted a seminar on health and wellbeing in the legal profession at the Monash University Law Chamber. Supported by the Bank of Sydney, the panel discussion tackled important issues relating to the high levels of stress in the legal profession and addressed many points based on its members' personal experience, including the Gen-Y perspective on work-life balance in the field. Panellists included key-note speaker The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, chairman of Beyond Blue and former premier of Victoria, the Hon. Associate Justice Mary Jane Ierodiaconou from the Victorian Supreme Court and The Hon. Justice Shane Marchall, retired judge of the Federal Court of Australia. The event was seamlessly organised and well attended by approximately 140 people from the legal profession mainly of Greek background. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Joy Damousi shortlisted for Memory and Migration Author applauded for ‘vital contribution to re-energising the history of immigration’ MICHAEL SWEET Melbourne academic and author Joy Damousi has been shortlisted for the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize for her book Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War - a chronicle of Greek immigration to Australia following World War II. Ms Damousi is Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. The shortlisting panel said her latest work "makes a vital contribution to re-energising the history of immigration in Australia, insisting on the multiple layers of politics in immigration and resettlement processes". L-R: Theo Kelidis, Bank of Sydney; The Hon. Justice Emilios Kyrou, Supreme Court of Victoria; The Hon. Associate Justice Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou, Supreme Court of Victoria; George Euripidou, Bank of Sydney; The Hon. Jeffrey Kennett AC, chairman of Beyond Blue and former premier of Victoria; Sam Pletsias, Bank of Sydney; Andrew K Panna, SC president of Hellenic Australian Lawyers. An homage to Yannis Ritsos As part this year's Sydney Greek Festival program, Sydney University's Professor Vrasidas Karalis breathed new life into the works of celebrated Greek poet Yannis Ritsos. Directed and adapted for a dramatic performance and recitation, the professor was joined on stage by Athanasia Costa and Eleni EleftheriasKostakidis. In the homage to Ritsos' work, Professor Karalis presented some of the poet's most significant political poems written during the 19671974 dictatorship, which gives a critical view of the loss of individual freedom and political independence. Also included were a number of his short poems from the collection Repetitions, Testimonies, Parentheses, along with his monologue Chrysothemis. The selection successfully highlighted the diversity of Ritsos' poetic language, and the complexity of psychological realities encapsulated in his verses. Staged at Marickville's Fuse Box Theatre in Sydney, the event was well-attended by poetry-lovers and academics alike. To access the Greek Festival of Sydney's program, visit www. greekfestivalofsydney.com.au In the book, Damousi considers the enduring impact of war on family memory in the Greek diaspora. Focusing on Australia's Greek immigrants in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War, it explores the concept of remembrance within the larger context of migration - showing how intergenerational experience of war and trauma transcend both place and nation. Shedding new light on aspects of "forgotten memory and silence within families and communities", Memory and Migration highlights the extent of the trauma arising from displacement, war and political struggle, and argues for the need for that trauma to be incorporated into understandings of contemporary Australia. The book, published b Cambridge University Press in 2015, has been acclaimed for the sensitive and profound analysis Damousi brings to oral histories and the testimonies of scores of migrants interviewed for her research, set against the backdrop of Australia's immigration policies and community relationships. The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded to work based upon original research that makes a "distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand [and] the history of colonisation". Damousi previously won the Ernest Scott Prize in 2005 fo Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia. The winner of this year's prize, worth $13,000, will be announced on 26 April. Insight on the ‘Greek disaster’ Professor Costas Lapavitsas will give a public seminar in Melbourne Next month Victoria's La Trobe University will host Professor Costas Lapavitsas for an insightful public seminar on the Greek economic crisis. L-R: Athanasia Costa, Professor Vrasidas Karalis and Eleni Eleftherias-Kostakidis. Jointly sponsored by the Department of Politics and Philosophy, and the GOCMV, 'The Eurozone crisis and the Greek Disaster' will draw from the professor's extensive experience and research in the field of economics. A lecturer at the University of London's SOAS since 1990, in 2010 his focus turned to the eurozone. Since then his research has had a considerable impact on the European Professor Costas Lapavitsas PHOTO: BASLANGICDERGI.ORG debate and policy making. Contributing to Professor Lapavitsas' knowledge on the cast of Greece in particular is his hands-on experience as a member of parliament since being elected in 2015. His work continues to be published widely in the academic field, and in the international and Greek press. His latest book, published in 2015, was titled Against the Troika, written with H. Flassbeck. The seminar will take place on Wednesday 13 April at 3.00 pm at La Trobe University, Plenty Road & Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora, VIC in SS 102. All are welcome, no registration is necessary.
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