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Identity
& Difference
Session 1: Identity and Difference (Wednesday, Nov. 24, Afternoon) [Session Description]

Chair

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Professor Dame Averil Cameron Home Page

Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History, University of Oxford, President of the Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques (FIEC) and Fellow of the British Academy, UK


Speakers

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Professor Martyn Barrett Home Page

Professor of Psychology, Academic Director, Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM), University of Surrey, UK

Title:

National and Ethnic Identities and Differences Today: A Psychological Perspective


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Professor Joseph Bryant Home Page

Professor of Sociology, Department and Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada

Title:

Schism as Identity Transformation in Early Christianity: Sociological Observations on a Most Consequential Intra-Faith Rupture


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Professor Shireen Hunter Home Page

Director, Carnegie Project on Reformist Islam & Visiting Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA

Title:

Greece, the Ancient and Medieval Worlds and Modern Europe: an Early Example of the Dialogue of Civilizations


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Professor Paolo Odorico Home Page

Director of the Centre d’Etudes Byzantines, Néo-Helléniques et Sud- Est Européennes and Director of Studies, EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), France

Title:

Différence, non diversité: les Grecs du Moyen Âge face aux autres Européens


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Professor Walter Pohl Home Page

Professor of Medieval History, University of Vienna, Head of the Research Institute for Medieval History, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Regular Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

Title:

Visions of Community Reflections on the Role of Ethnicity in the Post- Roman West, Byzantium and the Early Islamic World


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Professor Alan Shapiro Home Page

W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology, The Johns Hopkins University, USA

Title:

Athenian Identity and the Persian Other from Kroisos to Xerxes


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Mrs Katérina Stenou Home Page

Director, Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, UNESCO, Paris

Title:

Intercultural Dialogue, the Missing Link between Identity and  Difference: Conceptual and  Political Challenges


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Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Athens, Full member of the Hellenic Bioethics Commission, Greece

Title:

The Invention of Difference: Identities and Differences in the Age of Globalization


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Professor Konstantinos Tsoukalas Home Page

Professor Emeritus of Sociology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Full member of the Hellenic Bioethics Commission, Greece

Title:

The Invention of Difference: Identities and Differences in the Age of Globalization


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Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] Home Page

Metropolitan of Diokleia, UK

Title:

Identity and Difference in the Spiritual Life: Hesychasts, Yogis and Sufis


Respondents

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Professor Nikos Bacounakis Home Page

Associate Professor of Media, Panteion University & Editor-in-chief of the literary supplement “TO VIMA”, Greece


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Professor Mark Janse Home Page

Research Professor in Ancient & Asia Minor Greek, Ghent University, Belgium


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Dr. Johannes Saltzwedel Home Page

Editor, Der Spiegel Magazine, Germany


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Dr Katerina Zacharia Home Page

Chair of Classics & Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University, USA


Stories
& Histories

Session 2: Stories and Histories (Thursday, Nov. 25, Morning) [Session Description]

Chair

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Professor Hans-Joachim Gehrke Home Page

President of the German Archaeological Institute, Germany


Co-Chair / Speaker

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Professor Johannes Koder Home Page

Director of the Institute for Byzantine and Neohellenic Studies, University of Vienna, President of the Austrian Society for Byzantine Studies, Full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

Title:

Romaioi and Teucri, Hellenes and Barbaroi, Europe and Asia


Speakers

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Professor Roderick Beaton Home Page

Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King’s College London, UK

Title:

From Αncient to Μodern: Byron, Shelley, and the Ιdea of Greece


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Professor Richard Buxton Home Page

Professor of Greek Language and Literature, University of Bristol, UK

Title:

Lives and Deaths of the Greek Gods, Heroes, and Ordinary Mortals


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Professor Edhem Eldem Home Page

Chair of the Department of History, Bogazici University, Turkey

Title:

“The little Greek boy who became a powerful pasha”. Myth and reality in the life of İbrahim Edhem Pasha, ca 1818-1893


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Professor Richard Hunter Home Page

Regius Professor of Greek and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK

Title:

In the Βeginning …


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Professor Vassilis Lambrinoudakis Home Page

Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, University of Athens, Greece

Title:

Rediscovering, Reconstructing, Using the Past: Archeology of the Classical World


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Professor Peter Meineck Home Page

Clinical Associate Professor of Classics, Center for Ancient Studies, New York University, USA

Title:

“Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth”: The neuroscience of the tragic mask


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Professor Himanshu Prabha Ray Home Page

Professor at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Title:

Sailing to India: Diverse Narratives of Travel in the Western Indian Ocean 


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Dr. Damian Sutton Home Page

Reader in Photography at Middlesex University, UK

Title:

The Platonic Photographer: The role of Political Portraiture and the Task of the Photographer as Author


Respondents

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Mr Takis Kampylis Home Page

Journalist, Kathimerini Newspaper and SKAI TV, Greece


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Dr Hyun Jin Kim Home Page

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney, Australia


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Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou Home Page

University Lecturer in Modern Greek and Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, UK


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Sir Peter Stothard Home Page

Editor of Times Literary Supplement (TLS), UK


Logos
& Art

Session 3: Word and Art (Thursday, Nov. 25, Afternoon) [Session Description]

Chair

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Professor Gregory Nagy Home Page

Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, CHS, Harvard, USA


Co-Chair / Speaker

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Professor Richard Martin Home Page

Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor of Classics, Stanford University, USA

Title:

Apollo’s Cithara and Poseidon’s Crash-Test: Ritual and Contest in the Evolution of Greek Aesthetics


Speakers

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Professor Anton Bierl Home Page

Professor of Greek Literature, University of Basel, Switzerland, Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton

Title:

Sappho in Athens. Reperformance and Performative Contextualizations of the New Cologne Papyrus, or Old Age and Rejuvenation through Chorality


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Professor Leslie Brubaker Home Page

Professor of Byzantine Art, IAA Assistant Director (Research), University of Birmingham, UK

Title:

Looking at and Listening to Byzantium


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Professor Edith Hall Home Page

Professor of Classics and Drama, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Title:

Ancient Greek Theatre and the Theatre of the World: The case of the Tauric Iphigenia


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Professor Christian Jacob Home Page

Director of Research, CNRS & Director of Studies, EHESS, France

Title:

Comment devient-on bibliothécaire? La poésie entre livre et performance


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Professor David Konstan Home Page

Professor of Classics at New York University, and John Rowe Workman Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Classics and the Humanistic Tradition at Brown University, USA

Title:

From Pity to Sympathy: Tragic Emotions across the Ages


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Professor Marina Lambraki-Plaka Home Page

Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts and Director of the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Greece

Title:

Ut pictura poesis: the Social Context of Art and the Theory of Art


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Professor François-Bernard Mâche Home Page

Musicologist, Composer, Member of the Académie des Beaux Arts, Institut de France, France

Title:

Qu’est-ce qu’un artiste?


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Professor Platon Mavromoustakos Home Page

Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Athens, Greece

Title:

Ideological Parameters in Reactions to Performances of Ancient Greek Drama at the end of the 20th century


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Professor Margaret Mullett Home Page

Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, USA

Title:


Respondents

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Professor Maša Ćulumović Home Page

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Puget Sound, USA


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Professor Maria Del Pilar Fernandez Deaugustini Home Page

Professor of Classics, University of La Plata, Argentina


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Professor David Elmer Home Page

Assistant Professor of Classics, Harvard University


Mr Nikos Xydakis Home Page

Chief editor of Kathimerini Newspaper, Greece


Democracy
& Politeia

Session 4: Democracy and Governance (Friday, Nov. 26, Morning) [Session Description]

Chair

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Professor Konstantinos Svolopoulos Home Page

President of the Academy of Athens, Greece


Co-Chair / Speaker

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Professor Anastasios-Ioannis Metaxas Home Page

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Workshop, University of Athens, Greece

Title:

La forme classique à l’âge de l’instrumentalisation du beau


Speakers

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Professor Ryan Balot Home Page

Professor of Political Science and Classics, University of Toronto, Canada

Title:

Flourishing in the Democratic City


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Professor Angelos Chaniotis Home Page

Professor of Ancient History, School of Historical Studies, IAS USA

Title:

Illusions of Democracy in the Hellenistic World


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Professor Pierre Delvolvé Home Page

Member of the Institut de France, Académie des Sciences morales et politiques, France

Title:

La démocratie á l’épreuve des crises


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Professor John Dunn Home Page

Professor Emeritus of Political Theory, King’s College, Cambridge, UK

Title:

Political Equality: Equality of Power? Equality in Judgment? Equality of Exposure? Equality of Voice? Distributing a certain equality to equals and unequals alike


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Professor Jean-Louis Ferrary Home Page

Member of the Institut de France, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, France

Title:

Démocratie ou démocraties des Anciens?


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Professor Emeritus at the University of Belgrade, Director of the Institute for Byzantine Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia, Corresponding member of the Academy of Athens, Greece

Title:

Democracy in an Autocratic System of Governance: The Case of Byzantium


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Professor S. Sara Monoson Home Page

Associate Professor of Political Science and Classics, Director of the Classical Tradition Initiative, Northwestern University, USA

Title:

The Making of a Democratic Symbol: The Case of Socrates


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Professor Josiah Ober Home Page

Constantine Mitsotakis Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University, USA

Title:

Three Kinds of Dignity


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Professor Claudia Rapp Home Page

Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History, UCLA, USA

Title:

The Idea of Ancient Greek Polis in Medieval Byzantium


Respondents

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Dr Mary Cunningham Home Page

Lecturer in Historical Theology, Faculty of Arts, The University of Nottingham, UK


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Dr Matthias Haake Home Page

Assistant Professor in the Seminar für Alte Geschichte, University of Münster, Germany


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Professor Stathis Kalyvas Home Page

Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University, USA


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Mr Matthew Simonton Home Page

PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA


Science
& Ethics

Session 5: Science and Ethics (Friday, Nov. 26, Afternoon) [Session Description]

Chair

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Professor Athanassios Fokas Home Page

Chair in Nonlinear Mathematical Science at the University of Cambridge, UK, Member of the Academy of Athens, Greece


Co-Chair / Speaker

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Professor Jacques Jouanna Home Page

Member of the Institut de France, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres et Académie internationale d’Histoire des Sciences, France

Title:

Le serment hippocratique : sa signification dans l’enseignement et l’éthique médicale au passé et au présent


Speakers

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Professor Sir Michael Francis Atiyah Home Page

Honorary Professor of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Title:

The Spirit of Mathematics


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Professor John D. Barrow Home Page

Professor at DAMTP (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics), Cambridge University, UK

Title:

Simplicity versus Complexity: Plato and Aristotle revisited


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Professor Siddharthan Chandran Home Page

Professor of Neurology, University of Edinburgh, UK

Title:


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Professor Anne Fagot-Largeault Home Page

Chair of Philosophy of Biological and Medical Sciences, Collège de France, Member of the Institut de France, Académie des Sciences, France

Title:

Scientific Integrity


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Baroness Susan Greenfield Home Page

Fullerian Professor of Physiology, Honorary Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK

Title:

The Future of the Brain, The Brain of the Future: Realizing the Greek mind in the Modern World


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Professor Erling Norrby Home Page

Professor of Virology, Center for History of Science, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden

Title:

Existo, ergo pars evolutionis sum – or What is life?


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Professor Theodosios Tassios Home Page

Professor Emeritus of Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Title:

Moral Issues and Technology. Possible lessons from Ancient Greece


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Metropolitan Ioannis [Zizioulas] Home Page

Metropolitan of Pergamon

Title:

Knowledge versus Wisdom


Respondents

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Professor Said Esteban Belmehdi Home Page

Director of IREM (l’Institut de Recherche sur l’Enseignement des Mathématiques), University Lille 1, France


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Dr Felix Hasler Home Page

Research Associate in Psychopharmacology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science


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Dr Anna Marmodoro Home Page

College Lecturer and University Lecturer in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK


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Dr Konstantinos Moutoussis Home Page

Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece


Quality of Life

Session 6: Quality of Life (Saturday, Nov. 27, Morning) [Session Description]

Chair

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Professor Robert Harriss Home Page

President of the Houston Advanced Research Centre (HARC), USA


Co-Chair / Speaker

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Professor Dimitri Nanopoulos Home Page

Distinguished Professor of Physics, Texas A&M University, USA, Full member of the Academy of Athens, Greece

Title:

The quantum myth of Sisyphus: chance and sustainability


Speakers

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Professor Michael Mehaffy Home Page

Urban Planner and Critical Thinker, Member of INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism), Structura Naturalis Inc. & Tectics, USA

Title:

Quality of Life by Design: The science of a Structuralist Revolution


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Professor Branco Milanovic Home Page

Lead Economist, World Bank research group and Visiting Professor at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, USA

Title:

Ancient inequality


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Professor Aristides Patrinos Home Page

President of Synthetic Genomics Inc., USA

Title:

Synthetic Genomics for the Quality of Life


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Professor Sarah Rubidge Home Page

Professor in Choreography and New Media, University of Chichester, UK

Title:

How Art Matters


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Professor Nikos Salingaros Home Page

Professor of Mathematics, Urbanist & Architectural Theorist, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Title:

Life and the Geometry of the Environment


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Professor Walter Scheidel Home Page

Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Department of Classics, Stanford University, USA

Title:

Human Development and Quality of Life in the Long Run: The Case of Greece


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Professor Sander Van Der Leeuw Home Page

Director and Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, USA

Title:

The Archaeology of Innovation: Lessons for our Times


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Professor Stavros Zenios Home Page

Professor of Finance and Management Science, Rector, University of Cyprus, Senior Fellow, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Title:

Economic Growth and Quality of Life: Does Freedom Lead to Happiness?


Respondents

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Professor Panagiotis Doukellis Home Page

Associate Professor of Roman History in the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean (Mytilene), Greece


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Dr Andreas Mershin Home Page

Postdoctoral associate at the Center for Biomedical Engineering, MIT


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Ms Aemilia Papafilippou Home Page

Visual Artist, Greece


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Dr Katia Savrami Home Page

Choreologist and Lecturer, Department of Theatre Studies, University of Patras, Greece