Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Patriots and Internationalists: The Greek Left, the Cyprus Question and Latin America

Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


Patriots and Internationalists: 
The Greek Left, the Cyprus Question
and Latin America
Eugenia Palieraki
University of Cergy-Pontoise 
Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent:  Cyrus Schayegh, Near Eastern Studies 

It is no secret that the Cyprus question has profoundly marked modern Greek history and largely determined the way Greek national identity and nation-state were forged. It has also defined ideological identities and acted as a demarcation line dividing the Greek political scene. This talk will focus on the impact of the Cyprus question on the Greek Left during the post-WWII period through a somewhat different perspective. I will not approach the Cyprus question in terms of a nationalist-empowering factor, but rather as an awareness-raising process on decolonization challenges, national liberation struggles and Third-World dynamics, leading the Greek Left to forge ideological and human bonds with geographically and culturally distant regions —in this case, Latin America. The study of Cyprus as a mediator between Greece and Latin America, will allow me to address in the second part of my talk a wider historiographical issue: the relation between transnationalism and nation-state and how the assertion of patriotic values and national sovereignty can be intertwined with the feeling of belonging to a transnational imagined community.

Eugenia Palieraki is a tenured Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. Her Ph.D. dissertation on 1960’s Latin American History was jointly supervised by the Pantheon-Sorbonne University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) in Chile. In 2012, she was a visiting scholar at PUC and in 2016, she conducted a seminar at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her current research interests focus on political connections between Latin America and the Mediterranean. She is the author of a series of articles and book chapters on the history of Latin American and European revolutions. Her monograph ¡La revolución ya viene! El MIR chileno en los años 1960 was published in Chile in 2014.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

Supported by The Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund

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