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International Summer Program: Mythos as MythUs

BA Program in the Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece (https://baag.uoa.gr/) – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (www.uoa.gr) organizes the Mythos as MythUs  summer program from June 19, 2023 to June 28, 2023.

Overview

This 10-day program offers students the opportunity to dive into myth and popular narrative, from antiquity to the present, as these are the long-shared humanity’s voice, with which people respond to harsh realities and times of crisis, and deal with the distress that impacts entire communities. In times of transition and upheaval, myth and narrative serve to counter the inimical stereotyping, bigoted notions, and segregation that these challenging circumstances inevitably bring. In its role of healing, narrative has been not just preserved but also transformed, in all its oral, written, digital, and, of late, even contemporary literary forms, not just in terms of its atavistic world of archaic symbolism but in fact most markedly through being called on in confronting, via poetic means, problems, ideas, and emotions that are communal as well as individual – as a result of which transformative therapeutic dimension, narrative continues to update, on an ongoing basis, in altogether dynamic ways.

Topics

  • Myth in Ancient Greek and Other Ancient Cultures
  • The Role of Myth in Response to Dread, Disruption, and Disaster
  • Narrating in Modern and Contemporary Society

Teaching staff

The teaching staff consists of scholars of international acclaim in classics and folklore studies, on the above topics. Professors from Greek Universities (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,  University of the Aegean, and University of Patras) join forces with their colleagues from Italy (University of Bologna), Sweden (Uppsala University),  and the US (University of Houston, University of Indiana), to guarantee an exceptional learning experience.

Mode of Study

Blended-learning that consists of an online preparation class and a ten-day in-person instruction in Athens as well as fieldwork on the island of Antiparos, Cyclades, and five group and/or guided tours in and around Attica and Athens.

Program dates

  • Live sessions: June 19, 2023 to June 28, 2023
  • Online preparatory sessions on May 2023

Cost

  • Approximately 2,000 euros for overseas and European participants, including tuition, accommodation, lunches, fieldtrip and other excursions.
  • Approximately 700 euros for Greek students including tuition, lunches and the fieldtrip.

Eligibility

The Program is open to Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD international students, as well as Greek English-speaking ones, with an interest in myth and its contemporary research and applications, and a study background in Humanities and Social Sciences, focusing on Classics, Folklore Studies, History and Cultural Studies.

Application period

January 15, 2023 to March 10, 2023

Venue

Courses will take place at the History Museum of the University of Athens located at Plaka, under the Acropolis. 

Housing

Students reside in boutique hotel rooms located in the historic center of Athens, and in small hotels in the picturesque island of Antiparos.

Fieldtrip

The program includes a three-day fieldtrip to Antiparos the picturesque island of the Cyclades, at the center of the Aegean Sea. Students will visit important sites of the ancient and the modern history of the island and familiarize with the local culture and people’s activities, moeurs and customs.

Other tours and excursions

Guided visits to monuments, archaeological and historical places of Athens and the surroundings of Attica, as well a walking tour to modern Athenian neighbourhood and its lively atmosphere.

Info & useful links

For information contact: Evangelos Valasiadis, email:  

About the program: https://bit.ly/3ws80iQ

Program site: https://bit.ly/3R1o30y

Apply here

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