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100 Years of Askitiki: The Centenary Conference Programme

Friday 30th June - Saturday 1st July, 2023

Queens’ College, Cambridge

Day 1 - Friday 30th June, 2023

10:00am: Translator’s Notes on Translation(s) [Irena Gavranović Lukšić, National Kapodistrian University of Athens]

10:30am: Askitiki and its Greek and European Historical Context [John Sakkas, University of the Aegean]

11:00am: Textual Criticism on Kazantzakis’ Askitiki [Nikos Mathioudakis, Universidad de Granada]

11:30am: The Image of the Ancestor [Afroditi Athanaspoulou & Georgios Vlachos, University of Cyprus]

12:00pm: The Philosophical Loans of Nietzsche to Kazantzakis [George Dritsas, National Kapodistrian University of Athens]

12:30pm: Aspects of the Theological Dimension in Askitiki [Christos Lampros, Vattis, Sant’ Anselmo, University of the Vatican]

1:00pm - LUNCH

2:00pm: Aspects of Opposing Pairs in Askitiki [Thomas Karagkiozopoulos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens]

2:30pm: Coincidentia Oppositorum and The New Divinity [Dionysios Psilopoulos, The American College of Greece - Deree College]

3:00pm: Death as an Ascetic Ideal in Askitiki and John of Climachus’ The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Paola Pruett-Vergara, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology]

3:30pm - BREAK

4:00pm: Kazantzakis’ Askitiki and Plato’s Symposium [Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine]

4:30pm: *Keynote address* Why Askitiki Is Not Nihilistic [Peter Bien, Dartmouth College]


Day 2 - Saturday 1st July, 2023

Day 2 - Saturday 1st July 2023

9:00am: Translating Kazantzakis’ Askitiki: Verbalisation of The Ideas in Ukrainian [Svitlana Pereplotchykova, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv]

9:30am: Kazantzakis’ Ignatian Workout [Darren Middleton, Baylor University]

10:00am: Rethinking the Relation of Kazantzakis’ Novels to Askitiki [Michael Paschalis, University of Crete]

10:30am - BREAK

11:00am: Preposterous Writing: On The Spatiotemporal Dislocation of Askitiki in O Aniforos [Bart Soethaert, Freie Universität Berlin]

11:30am: A Co-Examination of Askitiki and His Novel O Aniforos [Ioanna Skordi, The Senior School, Nicosia and School of Modern Greek, University of Cyprus]

12:00pm: Christian Orthodox Footprints in Askitiki [Basilius Groen]

12:30pm: A Kazantzakian Karyotakis, or a Karyotakian Kazantzakis?: Aisiodoxia and Askitiki [Mara Psalti, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki]

1:00pm - LUNCH

2:00pm: Nikos Kazantzakis and Polish Jewish Women [Ewa Janion, University of Warsaw]

2:30pm: Reflections of Askitiki in Katerina Angelaki-Rooke’s Poetry [Eleni Tzatzimaki, National Kapodistrian University of Athens]

3:00pm: Flying Over The Abyss or The Cry of Humanity [Naira Anna Stergiou, Independent Researcher]

3:30pm: Askitiki On Stage: Kazantzakis at the National Theatre of Northern Greece [Zafiris Nikitas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki]

4:00pm: The Continuous Fight [Afroditi Tseremi, Independent Researcher]