Cyprus: contact phenomena and identity (cross-disciplinary seminar) – University of Copenhagen

Cyprus: contact phenomena and identity (cross-disciplinary seminar)

Located at the easternmost corner of southern Europe, Cyprus has been for millennia a gateway between Europe and the Middle East; it thus provides a unique case-study for our understanding of how contact phenomena shape identities.

Modern Greek Studies (ToRS) hosts a one-day seminar with the aim of exploring Cyprus as an area of contact. The seminar includes presentations from scholars working with Cypriot politics, archaeology, and language from the Hellenistic-Roman period until today. The seminar is kindly supported by the Sophia Scopetéa Foundation.

SESSION 1 - HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY

14:00-14:30
Cypriot archaeology – or how to find your place in the world
Kristina Winther-Jacobsen, associate professor, KU (Saxo), director of the Danish Institute in Athens

14:30-15:00
One State, Two Histories: Imperial Past and Communal Education in Modern Cyprus, 1878-2015
Michalis N. Michael, assistant professor, Univ. of Cyprus, Dep. of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies 

15:00-15:10 
Break

15:10-15:40
The emergence of the Cyprus-issue in Turkey in the 1950s
Mogens Pelt, associate professor, KU, Saxo

15:40-16:10
Panel discussion

16:10-16:30
Coffee break

SESSION 2 - LANGUAGE

16:30-17:00
Language contact and linguistic identities in Medieval Cyprus
Theodore Markopoulos, lecturer, University of Patras, Department of Philology                      

17:00-17:30
Language contact in perspective: The case of Cypriot Arabic
Marilena Karyolemou, associate professor, Univ. of Cyprus, Dep. of Byz. and Modern Greek Studies

17:30-18:00
Panel discussion

18:00-19:00
Reception hosted by the Embassy of Cyprus in Denmark.

The seminar takes place at the Faculty of Humanities (Karen Blixens vej 4, 2300 København S) in room 15A.1.13 (KUA 2, building 13, 1st floor), on Thursday, May 12, 2016. It is open to the public.

Contact:
Sandra Lucas, external lecturer, Modern Greek Studies, ToRS
E-mail: slucas@hum.ku.dk