LITERATURE AND MEMORY
Literature as a vehicle of the collective, individual and cultural memory defines the historical consciousness and, consequently, our present. This thematic area consists of several thematic clusters. Firstly, there will be a number of events dedicated to the literary satire under the title “Satire Smile and Remembrance” featuring the works of Georgios Souris, Nikos Tsiforos, Dimitris Psathas, Kleanthis Triantafyllou. Homage will be paid to Kostis Palamas and Georgios Vizyinos so as to commemorate their birth anniversaries, as 160 years have passed since the birth of the former and 170 years from the birth of the latter. Secondly, the thematic framework “Literature and Thessaloniki” will include events dedicated to Nikos Bakolas, Leonidas Christakis and Kostis Moscov. Thirdly, within the topic “Writing and Politics,” attention will be focused on the works of Michalis Katsaros, Elli Pappa, Nikos Nikolaidis, Miltos Sachtouris.
Last but not least, the works of Maria Iordanidou, Dido Sotiriou and Margarita Lyberaki will be presented and discussed upon in the thematic cluster “Women Greek Writers of the 20th Century.” A number of events dedicated to those groups of people that are least commemorated in the literary and historical context will constitute the thematic approach “Minor and Major Obscurities in the Greek Literature and History.” History, literature and public discourse have overlooked the role and the importance of certain groups of people such as the Cretan Turks, the Greek Jews, the Roma people, as well as foreign elements and foreign conquerors in the Greek territory, namely the Slavs, the Albanians, the Catalans, the Normans, as well as the Romans, the Franks and the Ottoman Turks. Distinct homage will be paid to the linguistic contributions of Yannis Psycharis and Manolis Triantafyllidis, as 90 years have passed since the death of the former and 60 years since the death of the latter.