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Tribute to poet Odysseus Elytis

On November 2, 2011 Greece commemorates the 100th anniversary since the birth of poet laureate Odysseus Elytis. To mark the centenary of his birth, 2011 has been designated as Elytis Year by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Odysseus Elytis was born in Heraklion, Crete on November 2, 1911 and died in Athens on March 18, 1996.
A major poet in Greek language, Elytis is also one of the outstanding international figures of 20th-century poetry. Elytis’ poetry has marked, through an active presence of over forty years, a broad spectrum of subjects with a rarefied and passionate stylistic touch. The first collections of poetry (Orientations, 1939, and Sun the First, 1943) are joyous and radiant, celebrating the Greek landscape as an ideal world of sensual enjoyment and moral purity.
His experience of the war in 1940s marks a departure from the sunny atmosphere of his early youth and poetry, colouring his long poem Heroic and Elegiac Song for the Lost Second Lieutenant of Albania (1943). The attempt of Elytis to identify himself with the nation and speak for himself and also for his country reaches its peak with Axion Esti (‘Worthy It Is,’ 1959), his central and most ambitious work for which he was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature.
His experience of the war in 1940s marks a departure from the sunny atmosphere of his early youth and poetry, colouring his long poem Heroic and Elegiac Song for the Lost Second Lieutenant of Albania (1943). The attempt of Elytis to identify himself with the nation and speak for himself and also for his country reaches its peak with Axion Esti (‘Worthy It Is,’ 1959), his central and most ambitious work for which he was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Centenary Celebrations
The Athens Concert Hall is paying tribute to Odysseus Elytis by holding a two-day (October 31 to November 1) international conference titled Odysseus Elytis: The 20th century in the poetry of Elytis. The poetry of Elytis in the 21st century, exploring new approaches in the interpretation of his work.
On November 2 and 3, there will be an event of original music by George Kouroupos under the title Odysseus Elytis’ This Small, this Great World!, with poetry and prose set to music, representing the main facets of the work of Odysseus Elytis: lyricism, a restless spirit of inquiry, courage, spirituality, sensation and true emotions. Continue reading

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“Είδωλα κρατών”:Δημόσια Διπλωματία, Εθνική Ταυτότητα και Εικόνα

eidola.kratonΗ τριμηνιαία επιθεώρηση ¨Διεθνής και Ευρωπαϊκή Πολιτική“  κυκλοφόρησε με ειδικό αφιέρωμα στη Δημόσια Διπλωματία (τεύχος 16). Το ειδικό αφιέρωμα υπό τον τίτλο ¨Είδωλα Κρατών¨ επιμελείται ο Βασίλης Καπετανγιάννης.
Το αφιέρωμα περιλαμβάνει 9 κείμενα υπό τις ενότητες ¨Διαχείριση Εθνικής Ταυτότητας¨, ¨Κύπρος και Ελλάδα¨ και ¨Απόψεις και Θέσεις¨. Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε το κείμενο του Σταύρου Σταθουλόπουλου: Η Ελληνική Δημόσια Διπλωματία – Προβλήματα και Επιλογές
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Ανδρέας Μακρής: Η πολιτική διάσταση του «Nation Branding» και η περίπτωση της Ελλάδας
Μαρία Φωλά: Η Ελλάδα ως Brand: Το παρελθόν, το παρόν και το μέλλον
Ελένη Τζουμάκα: Η Ελληνική Πρόταση Πολιτισμού
Λαμπρινή Κολτσίδα: Οι Νεοελληνικές Σπουδές στο Εξωτερικό
Keith Dinnie & Μαρία Φωλά: Κύπρος – Ένα νησί με άπειρες δυνατότητες. Αγαπήστε το!
Νίκος Βλαχάκης: Δημόσια Διπλωματία της Ελλάδας στη ΝΑ Ευρώπη και Τουρκία
Έφη Παπαχρήστου: Δημόσια Διπλωματία – Νέο επιστημονικό πεδίο
Σταύρος Σταθουλόπουλος: Η Ελληνική Δημόσια Διπλωματία – Προβλήματα και επιλογές
Eπιθεώρηση “Διεθνής και Ευρωπαϊκή Πολιτική”: ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΣΥΝΔΡΟΜΗΣ

Greece in Nation Branding

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Greece has the 26th best nation brand in the world according to a new report issued by “EastWest Communications.” The report is based upon the tone of the mention every country gets every time in leading world media. More specifically, the East West Nation Branding Global Index 200 is based on quarterly and annual rankings of 200 countries and territories, including all 192 UN members, based on how they are described in major media. This initial index tracked five million mentions of countries and territories in 38 leading media sources, between April 1 and June 30, 2008. EastWest Communications: Methodology; Global Index; Regional Index; Press Release (August 1, 2008)