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Island Sessions moves online with Political Animals webinars on June 18 and 19, 2020

June 08, 2020

The SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies will be hosting two public webinars, on June 18th and 19th, as part of the Island Sessions series.

Island Sessions is an annual seminar, which sees international scholars, students, artists, and activists, come together for critical reflection and discussion in the village of Molyvos, on the northern shore of the island of Lesvos. The current global pandemic has meant that an in-person gathering is not possible, so we are moving online.

This year's theme is on Political Animals: Explorations of the Political Across the Ages, which asks participants to think of terms, expressions, book titles, and spatial concepts, such as “Debt colony”, “Adults in the Room”, and “Upper and lower Plateia” that emerged during the years of Greece’s recent economic, social and political crisis. By bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, researchers, and students from Canada, the US, UK, Serbia, and Greece, “Political Animals” seeks to think about politics through lenses of rhetoric, writing, space, materiality, economics, rationality and irrationality, imagination, gender and much else. This is an opportunity for scholars, young and old, at different stages of their careers, to test their own conceptions of the political by being exposed to varied approaches and methodologies, while thinking about humanity’s ancient predilection for the political. See the full list of panelists here. Registeration is now open, online.


June 18th, 2020 Day 1 Webinar 09:00 - 11:00 (PDT)

June 19th, 2020 Day 2 Webinar 09:00 - 11:00 (PDT)

Guest Participation

As an audience member, there will be two ways to participate in discussions. You can either submit your questions to panelists during the Q & A segment of the event, or you can submit your questions in advance by emailing

Video recordings of the panelists' papers will be distributed ahead of the webinars. In the meantime, start thinking about your questions by viewing each panelist's paper abstract.

For more information about the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies and its programs, please visit our Media page.