Cavafy: Polis & Politics; Civitas & Civilization
October 1 in Cairo, October 2 & 3 in Alexandria

“Cavafy: Polis & Politics; Civitas & Civilization” is the theme of the 2019 Cavafy Symposium organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture (HFC) on October 1 in Cairo and October 2 and 3 in Alexandria. Τhis international symposium on the renowned Alexandria-born Greek poet takes place two years after the especially successful Cavafy Symposium 2017, also organized by HFC in memory of Kostis Moskof. With the participation of literary figures and distinguished scholars from many countries, the 2019 Cavafy Symposium is being organized under the auspices of the Embassy of Greece in Cairo and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in cooperation with the Ministries of Culture of Egypt and Greece, the Cairo Opera, and the Greek Cultural Center in Cairo, and with the support of the Hellenic Communities of Alexandria and Cairo, the Department of Communication and Digital Media of the University of Western Macedonia and other public and private institutions. Parallel cultural events at the Cairo Opera and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina include awards to Egyptian authors, two recitals – of poetry set to music with Kostas Thomaidis & Rita Antonopoulou, and Takis Farazis on the piano and the Khaled Shams group, and of Cavafy set to music by Kostas Ganotis with the participation of Haig Yasdjian (oud) and Nikos Kalantzakos (keyboards) – and the  photography exhibition “Hidden Memory – The Averof Greek School of Alexandria”  by Maria Stefossi.

Ambassador of Greece to Egypt
Amro Ali, sociologist, American University of Cairo
Athena Athanasiou, professor of Social Anthropology, Panteion University
Maria Boletsi, professor of Modern Greek Studies, Marilena Laskaridis Endowed Chair, University of Amsterdam & assistant professor of Comparative Literature, Leiden University
Pantelis Boukalas, poet & essayist
Yiorgos Chouliaras, poet & essayist, president, Hellenic Authors’ Society
Phoebe Giannisi, poet & professor, Dept. of Architecture, University of Thessaly
Stathis Gourgouris, poet & professor of Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University
Sahar Hamouda, professor, English Dept., University of Alexandria
May Hawas, writer and scholar of comparative literature from Alexandria
Katerina Iliopoulou, poet & translator
Panayotis Ioannidis, poet & translator
Maria Kakavoulia, professor, Dept. of Communication, Media & Culture, Panteion University
Alaa Khaled, poet & prose writer
Dimitris Papanikolaou, associate professor in Modern Greek and Fellow of St. Cross College, University of Oxford
Bruce Robbins, professor of the Humanities, Old Dominion Foundation, Columbia University
Duaa Salameh, assistant professor, English Department, University of Jordan
Emad Abu Saleh, poet & essayist
Stavroula Spanoudi, director, Annex of Alexandria, Hellenic Foundation for Culture
Konstantinos Tsoukalas, professor emeritus of Sociology, University of Athens, president, Hellenic Foundation for Culture
Anastassis Vistonitis, poet & essayist

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