The Problematics of Culture and Theory Seminar Series began in the late 1980s on the initiative of staff members of the Departments of English and American literaure at the time. Throughout the years The Problematics have hosted and co-organized events in collaboration with the British Council, the Fulbright Foundation and various consulates based in Thessaloniki.
The purpose of this seminar series is to provide a forum for discussing new developments or debated issues in literary, cultural and translation studies; sharing work-in-progress; promoting interdisciplinarity as well as the exchange of ideas and perspectives in literature, culture and the arts; hosting performances, readings and screenings.
The seminars are open to members of the broader academic community, visiting scholars, writers, translators, and artists in residence at the School of English.
The seminars run throughout the academic year from October to May with the exception of the exam period (mid-January to mid-February). They are usually held every 3 weeks on Wednesday evening at the School of English Library (New Building of the Faculty of Philosophy, 3rd Floor, Room: 308, Time: 19:15). The talks are delivered in English and are open to the public.
Problematics Seminars & Related Events: 2007-the present day.
Problematics Seminars: pre-2007.
Writers and their Work Series of Seminars: 2006-the present day.
Seminar on “The Secret History of the British
by ERASMUS guest Dr Izabella Penier, Associate Professor at the University of Lodz, Poland.
Tue 10 May 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm, & Wed 11 May
2016, 4:00-6:00 pm,
in New Philosophy bldg, Rm 308 upper level
The School of English organizes a series of postgraduate seminars in which PhD candidates, MA students, members of staff and researchers from other universities in Greece and abroad are invited to present their research. PhD candidates present their doctoral research to their supervising committee and other members of staff and researchers. The seminars are held in room 308 loft and 417junior on dates announced on the School’s webpage.
Academic Year 2016-2017
2 June 2017, 12:00-13:00, 308 loft
"The Impact of CLIL Teaching on Learners' Working Memory, Proactive Interference and Retroactive Interference"
2 June 2017, 13:00-14:00, 308 loft
"A corpus-based analysis of Greek adolescent students' writing in English and Greek: A look into discourse and rhetorical features of writing from a new contrastive rhetoric point of view"
2 June 2017, 14:00-15:00, 308 loft
"Pre-school EFL language learners' acquisition of lexical chunks"
6 April 2017, 14:00-15:00, 308 loft
"An interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature: A corpus linguistic analysis of Margaret Atwood’s novels"
2 March 2017, 10:00-11:00, 417j
"Multimodality in Contemporary North American Poetry"
16 February 2017, 14:00-15:00, 417j
"Locative Media and Narrative in North American Literature and Culture"
9 February 2017, 14:00-15:00, 417j
"Rethinking space; Mark Z. Danielewski and the 21st century American novel"
18 January 2017, 09:00-09:45
"An acoustic analysis of selected aspects of Greek for the development of a speech training tool for applications in education and speech pathology"
18 January 2017, 09:45-10:15
"Εμπειρικά δεδομένα για την καταληπτότητα, κατανοησιμότητα και ξενική προφορά στη ΝΕ ως δεύτερη/ξένη γλώσσα: Παιδαγωγικές Επιπτώσεις για τη διδασκαλία της προφοράς"
18 January 2017, 10:15-11:00
"Phonological acquisition by bilingual children of selected linguistic backgrounds including Greek in different educational contexts: theoretical and pedagogical implications"
14 December 2016, 09:00-09:45
"Αξιολόγηση μεθόδων διδασκαλίας της προφοράς της Ελληνικής ως δεύτερης / ξένης γλώσσας"
14 December 2016, 09:45-10:30
"The Interlanguage Phonology of Bulgarian Learners of Modern Greek: Investigating Segmental acquisition and Evaluating Pronunciation Teaching Methods"
14 December 2016, 10:30-11:15
"An acoustic analysis of vowel production in the west Greek dialect of Preveza: A sociophonetic approach"
Academic Year 2015-2016
24 March 2016, 15.30-16.30
"Teaching English to young Greeks: effects on L2 development"
11 February 2016, 18:30-19:30
"Data-driven Learning: a novel way to teach Modal Verbs"
11 February 2016, 17:30-18:30
"Young learners' L2 input/output under the corpus microscope: the Yolecore corpus"
11 February 2016, 16:30-17:30
“Beyond the Gaming Table: Value Systems Εmerging from American Role-Playing Game Narratives”
28 January 2016,
"Popular culture and national identity in interwar detective fiction: some theory"
28 January 2016,
"The Production of Space: Discipline, Capitalism and the State"
28 January 2016,
"Visuality in Contemporary Fiction"
"Gay Camp and the Contemporary Music Stage"
3 December 2015, 14:00-15:00
"Stephanie Strickland's Print and Digital Poetics"
10 December 2015,
"Theorizing Neo-Victorian Space"
17 December 2015,
"Η Λαίδη Μακμπέθ στην Ελλάδα της άμεσης μεταπολεμικής εποχής: Η περίπτωση της μετάφρασης από τον Βασίλη Ρώτα (1962)"
Dr Selen Aktari, Assistant Professor at Kultur University, Istanbul
Wednesday 7 May & Friday 9 May 2014, 9:30-12:00 am, Room 308
This seminar, entitled “Angela Carter Haunts the Fairy Tale World: “The
Bloody Chamber” and “The Tiger’s Bride”, focuses on Angela Carter’s feminist
intertextualisations of the classical fairy tales, which rebel against the
sexist ideology these fairy tales promote. Her stories “The Bloody Chamber”, a
rewriting of Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard”, and “The Tiger’s Bride”, a
rewriting of Madame de Beaumont’s “Beauty and the Beast”, subvert the
patriarchal gothic plot that positions women as victims and subjected to the
dominant authority by reversing the hierarchically constructed structures of
power relations between men and women, and representations of patriarchally
defined sexual roles of women. Dealing with the themes of domesticity,
passivity, sexuality, violence and perversity from a feminist lens, Carter
proposes a radical content that expresses hostility towards cultural myths of
sexuality in the patriarchal system. Her use of eroticism in “The Bloody
Chamber” leads the heroine to discover her own sexuality which is denied to
women characters of the conventional Gothic and her use of animalistic
representation in portrayals of not only the Beast but also Beauty in “The
Tiger’s Bride” strips the fairy tale characters of their gender burden. Thus,
through the use of postmodern strategies such as rewriting, parody, pastiche,
anachronism and magical realism, Carter awakes us to the culturally constructed
gender roles sinisterly encoded in us through nursery stories. While Carter’s
retellings take us back to the fairy tale world characterized by “once upon a
time” atmosphere, they enable us to question contemporary socio-sexual roles by
bringing forth new deconstructive perceptions of patriarchal sexual politics. As
a result, this seminar will reveal the revolutionary potential of these two
revisioned fairy tales Carter whispers wildly in our ears in order to destroy
the established norms of patriarchal ideology.
The seminar format will be a blend of lecture and discussion.