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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 December 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER 2018 21 GREECE Applications open for International Cavafy Summer School The 2019 edition titled ‘Cavafy’s Orient/ations’ will focus on the multiple topographies and cultural dynamics of Cavafy’s work In summer 2019, the International Cavafy Summer School will once more bring together prominent academics, scholars, and young researchers of the work of C P Cavafy, one of modern Greece's most distinguished and internationally recognised poets. The summer school is organised by the Cavafy Archive and the Onassis Foundation, and will take place at the Onassis Library from 8 to 14 July. Under the theme ‘Cavafy's Orient/ations’, topics will focus on the multiple topographies and cultural dynamics of Cavafy's poems. CAVAFY'S ORIENT/ATIONS The International Cavafy Summer School is the first annual scholarly initiative of its kind, devoted entirely to Cavafy and the impact of his work. It is addressed to PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scholars. The first took place in 2017, focusing on the concept of ‘Cavafy in the World’, while the second one in 2018 explored the theme ‘Cavafy and Antiquity’. The 2019 edition will focus on the multiple (geographical, aesthetic, historical, etc.) topographies and cultural dynamics of Cavafy's work and will approach the Cavafy phenomenon within its broader geographical and historical range. Its purpose is to explore the varied and sometimes contradictory or unexpected interconnections and interpretations of Cavafy's work, as well as to re-examine some of the more traditional definitions of his work. Some of the questions to be examined include: the poet's place in-between East and West; the significance of his native Alexandria as part of both ancient and modern empires; Cavafy measured in relation to discourses of Orientalism; colonial and post-colonial ways of reading Cavafy; the shift between regional geography and globality in Cavafy's reception; and Cavafy's own orientations in their multiple range (poetic, historical, erotic). The summer school's aim is to enrich participants' knowledge about Cavafy and his work, opening new directions and comparative approaches in the context of Cavafy studies. Invited scholars, all experts in their fields, will lead comprehensive morning seminars and will also take part in the presentations of participants' work, in one or more of the afternoon workshops. The 12 participants will be invited to present their work in the afternoon workshops, to engage in creative dialogue with the invited scholars, and to take part in conversations that will develop over the six days of the school. Participants will be recorded and portions of their talks will be made public on the Cavafy Archive official YouTube channel. Additional events will also be scheduled. The working language of the International Cavafy Summer School will be English. There are no tuition charges or other fees for participants, while all room and board expenses will be covered by the scool, thanks to the support of the Onassis Foundation and the Cavafy Archive. Students and early-career researchers can also apply for grants to cover their travel expenses in whole or in part. The summer school will be led by Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia University) and Takis Kayalis (University of Ioannina). In addition, the seminars will host a number of invited speakers including Hala Halim (New York University), Peter Jeffreys (Suffolk University), Alexander Kazamias (Coventry University), Vassiliki Kolocotroni (University of Glasgow), Aamir R. Mufti (UCLA), and Yiannis Papatheodorou (University of Ioannina). THE CAVAFY ARCHIVE Onassis Foundation acquired the Cavafy Archive at the end of 2012. The Archive consists of approximately 4,000 manuscripts, photographs and personal items of the poet, while its collections comprise original poems, translations, commentary on poems, the poet's correspondence, and his notes. Its aim is to safegueard these items and to promote C P Cavafy's work. Working towards this end, numerous projects and events take place in Greece and abroad, for the wider public and particularly the younger generations, creatively utilising the potential of new technologies. Created by the Center for Neo-Hellenic Studies, the Cavafy Archive website contains all of Cavafy's major works in the translation of Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard (edited by G P Savidis), plus select alternative translations. It also contains a wealth of unpublished material from the poet's Archive, plus a Cavafy Companion section and up-to-date information on Cavafy's seminal presence in today's world, as seen through the web. Applications for the 2019 International Cavafy Summer School must be submitted by 31 January, 2019. For more information and application guidelines, visit http://www.sgt.gr/_repository/file/1/Default/ documents/InternationalCavafySummerSchool2019_ Opencall_eng.pdf Participants of the next Santorini Experience will be treated to the gorgeous views on offer, while competing. PHOTO: ACTIVE MEDIA Santorini Experience gets ‘Unique Tour Company of the Year’ Award The highly succesful sports tourism event will return for its fifth continuous season in 2019 Santorini Experience has been acknowledged as one of the world's most successful tourism events. The unique sporting event was recently honoured at the Travel and Hospitality Awards, receiving the ‘Unique Tour Company of the Year 2019’ Award. Co-hosted by the Municipality of Thira, the Municipal Athletic Cultural and Environmental Organisation of Santorini, and the Active Media Group, Santorini Experience gives participating athletes the chance to compete in a variety of different sports, including running and open water swimming, while taking in the magnificent sights the island has to offer. Since the event was moved from August to October, it has gone on to significantly contribute to- For more information on Santorini Experience, visit santorini-experience.com Two Greek islands in the world’s Top 20 most romantic destinations According to the US News & World Report list released this week, two Greek islands have been listed among the Top 20 destinations in the world ideal for a honeymoon. US News conducted a survey taking into consideration not only the reviews of travel experts but also the experiences and comments shared by thousands of travellers in order to present the best honey- moon destinations for 2019. Unsurprisingly, Santorini has made it in the Top 10, as the ninth most romantic destination in the world with Corfu following in 17th place. Saint Lucia is the most popular Caribbean destination for romance, rejuvenation and adventure and this year it has won the hearts of the world, nailing the top spot. Hawaii's Big Island came Corfu. PHOTO: YOUTUBE second and Bora Bora was catapulted to third place, followed by the Maldives and Bordeaux featuring in fourth and fifth place respectively. Here is the full list: 1. Saint Lucia 2. Hawaii – The Big Island 3. Bora Bora 4. Maldives 5. Bordeaux 6. Cinque Terre 7. Amalfi Coast 8. Fiji 9. Santorini 10. Tahiti 11. Kauai 12. Maui 13. Tuscany 14. Lake Como 15. St. Barts 16. Florence 17. Corfu 18. The British Virgin Islands 19. Bermuda 20. Mauritius wards extending the tourist season beyond the summer months, evident in the number of arrivals to the island from one year to the next. In October, 2015 a little over 17,000 people visited the island, however last year that number skyrocketed to 35,000. Following the positive response, organisers of Santorini Experience have announced that the event will return next year and is scheduled to take place over three days from 4 to 6 October, 2019. Those wishing to take part in next year's event will still have to wait a little, as online registrations don’t open until Christmas Day.
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