Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies

The SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies, along with the SNF New Media Lab, is dedicated to bringing the latest in mobile technology and pedagogy to the teaching and learning of Greek, and seeks to promote a better understanding of Hellenism in the community by staging events for academic and lay audiences throughout the year. At its core, the Centre focuses and supports research at SFU on Hellenic topics, from Antiquity to present-day Greece, through grants and postdoctoral fellowships. At the same time, the Centre supports undergraduate and graduate studies on Greece's history, language and culture through its home department of Global Humanities.


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Updates from Gefyra

Geraki Weaving Collective | Part 10: Women and Trade

As per Michalis Sovolos, Archivist at the General State Archives in Laconia, women from Geraki have distributed their kilims all over Greece, with the highest consumer presence in Athens and Piraeus. The pricing strategy these women adopt involves considerations such as weight, intricate designs, or the length of the kilim. According to weaving teacher Chrysoula Stamatopoulou, following the economic crisis, demand for weavings from Geraki diminished, as it is a product catering to a more affluent market due to its higher cost. Nevertheless, when buying kilims in Geraki, customers should also acknowledge the product's intrinsic value, understanding that their purchase involves more than just acquiring a kilim. They should consider factors such as the use of expensive materials, time, and labor invested in crafting the kilim.

Geraki Weaving Collective | Part 9: Weavers and the Land

Mayor Dimos Verdos, of the Municipality of Evrotas, to which Geraki belongs, mentioned that Geraki is an agricultural community primarily sustained by income from olive trees, olive oil, and other citrus fruits. Despite the agricultural focus, there is growing concern about the impact of climate change on the region. Mayor Verdos mentioned that it is imperative to conduct studies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change, addressing the apprehensions surrounding its potential impact on production, employment, and the way of life in the villages.