A three-day international conference on “The Politics of Space and the Humanities” kicks off today in Thessaloniki at the Nikolaos Germanos Congress Centre at HELEXPO.

The latest socio-cultural and political developments on both sides of the Atlantic have again placed space at the center of attention of current scholarship in the Humanities.

The relation between places, people and geographies as caused by immigration, migration and refugee flows, demographic changes, war tensions and conflicts, environmental disasters, urban expansion, and mapping technologies has always been dynamic. Today, as we find ourselves in the midst of change, we need to reconsider the politicized nature of space, its impact on individuals and the shaping of identity in a number of contexts within Anglophone literary and artistic production that open up the Humanities to numerous other disciplines and spatial interactions.

The conference’s keynote speakers are: Michael Joyce from Vassar College (U.S.),  Yiorgos Kalogeras and Savas Patsalidis from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Linda Peake from York University (Canada).

The conference is organized by the Department of American Literature of the School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS) and the support of the Fulbright Foundation Greece.