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Re-think the Past

December 1st, 2014 | Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps, Rome

“For centuries now a thread has linked us: gold in some parts and in others red or black. It is this that links the whole of the Mediterranean Sea and in particular Greece with Italy through common traditions, myths, legends and quests…”

Yiorgos Gotis,
More Veneto
Stigmi editions, 2013

Τhe Organizing Committee of the Athens Dialogues upon the completion of four years from the launching of the Project in November 2010, at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, announces the commencement of its second phase that will revolve around the topic RE-THINK THE PAST. To this topic we shall dedicate the first event of the new cycle that will take place in Rome, the emblematic European city, so intrinsically linked with Greek culture for the formation of Greco-Roman civilization. It is precisely for this reason that we chose this part of Yiorgos Gotis’ poetry as a motto to our colloquium.
The Athens Dialogues project remains faithful to its multidisciplinary orientation as well as to its diachronic perspective. Our point of departure remains the modern man and woman – his and her context and challenging milieu – his and her aspirations. We are here in order to create bridges and dialogues that would probably fall outside the scope of an academic or artistic milieu. We hope to prove worthy of our title.

Professor George Babiniotis
President of the Organizing Committee

This colloquium aims to address issues pertaining to the topic of interaction of modern man with cultural heritage in the context of the modern city. It entails questions of approaching the past from a modern perspective as material to handle, to develop in a human way that affects identities but also attitudes and ways of thought.
Let’s allow the Athens Dialogues establish a dialogue with Rome in this event that will be hosted at the Museo Nazionale Romano in Palazzo Altemps on the 1st of December 2014 and let’s hope that this event will be the first of a series that will explore the reception of the past and the relevance of humanities to the modern world.
Let’s rethink the past in old cities which acquire new life with new people who inhabit old places and give them new life.
Rethink the past. Rethink the past as a historian, as a linguist, as a sociologist, as an art historian, as a poet, as a literary scholar, as an artist.
Rethink the past as an architect, as an urban designer.
Rethink the past from a million perspectives.
Rethink the past from the point of view of the new sources that see the light and the old sources that we approach from new perspectives.
Let’s rethink the past in order to find new orientations.

The colloquium is organized within the context of the “Athens Dialogues” project by the Onassis Foundation in collaboration with the chair of Modern Greek Studies of Sapienza University of Rome, the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma and with the kind support of the Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia- Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale.

Click here to download the poster of the conference.