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Prize for Greek-Australian Writer

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Prominent Greek-Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas is the “overall” winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book for 2009 for his record-selling book “The Slap“.  It was announced during a special ceremony at the Auckland Writers’ and Readers’ Festival in New Zealand over the weekend.  The prestigious Commonwealth award is accompanied by a cash prize of 20,000 dollars.  Tsiolkas, who lives in Melbourne, has written three novels and several plays, and is also a candidate for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s top literary prize.  The Age (17.5) – ‘Blown away’ Tsiolkas takes prize


Greece, France, Italy: Master’s in European Culture

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Strengthening European identity through higher education, a consortium of three universities in Greece, France and Italy join forces offering a master’s course in European literary cultures. Supported by EU’s ‘Erasmus Mundus” programme -a project aiming at engaging students and scholars in cooperation and mobility in the field of higher education- the “European literary cultures” course focuses on the study of European languages and literature. The universities participating are the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Bologna, the University of Haute-Alsace and the University Marc Bloch in Strasburg. The course foresees a study period of two years in two or three participating universities, with lessons taught in French, Italian and Greek. European Commission-Education & Culture DG: Master’s Course in European Literary Cultures

Historein/Ιστορείν: Forum of Modern Greek Studies

GREEK NEWS AGENDA)      Historein/Ιστορείν (www.historein.gr) is a Greek-based, internationally-minded multilingual review of historical studies with the field of Modern Greek Studies as the point of departure. Historein/Ιστορείν provides a forum for a comparative perspective including the fields of epistemology, social anthropology, sociology, philosophy, literary and cultural studies.  The review’s forthcoming International Conference (Athens, October 30th – November  1st, 2008) “History between Reflexivity and Critique” co-organized with the International Commission of Historiography and Theory of History,
and the Historical Archive of the University of Athens, will address history writing as cultural and political critique, contemporary theoretical investigations linked to the concept of “reflexivity” and “critique” in history,  as well as reflections on the potentials and limitations of history, including enquiries into the nature, the uses and the politics of history.  International Conference “History between Reflexivity and Critique”: Final Programme;
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