Marianne Vardalos & Anas Karzai are both members of Laurentian University’s, Sociology Department in Ontario, Canada. Marianne is a sociologist and professor, whose research areas include Cultural Studies; Political Economy; Globalization; Social Construction of Identity and Subjectivity. Anas is also a sociologist, lecturer and Coordinator of LU’s Criminology Program. His research areas include social and political theory, culture, war and violence.
Having taught, researched and collegially governed as a member of Laurentian University’s English Department for pretty much ever, Tom Gerry is now Professor Emeritus. His favorite research area is text and image studies. He has orated and written about multi-disciplinary artists including James Reaney, Joni Mitchell, Mercedes Luanco, Elizabeth Simcoe and Anna Jameson. For five years he was the editor of Arachnē: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language and Literature, a thriving Laurentian University enterprise until its untimely demise, a victim of administrative ineptitude. Tom is chairing the editorial board for the Symposium on the Greeks, intending to help create a collection of articles that conveys the passion of the Paros gathering.
We had attended too many stuffy, stiff, anonymous, professional development activities with suits and ties, microphones and projectors. We wanted to create something different: a warm, lively atmosphere, intimate enough that you can learn everyone’s name. Minimal scheduling so that Symposiasts have enough unstructured time for impromptu meetings and much-needed spontaneity. Optional evening activities so that Symposiasts who want to stay together for some fun, can, while others are free to explore the charming villages on the island. We didn’t want concurrent sessions when one person is presenting to an empty room while another was presenting to a crowd. Our symposium takes place in a single plenary Symposium Hall so that everyone can engage, reflect on and enjoy everyone else’s ideas. This design ensures our symposium isn’t just multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, but intradisciplinary, involving real, authentic exchange and meaningful interactive communication among all who contribute. Pack your swimsuit and your curiosity!
The Roman Stoic, Seneca said: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” To study The Greeks, we thought, we must be in Greece—a place of endless possibilities, rich in history and blessed with natural beauty. We chose Paros because, like all the Cycladic islands, it is a breathtaking destination with spectacular view of sun-kissed mountains surrounded by blue waters and easily reached by airplane or boat via Athens. The people of Paros are most hospitable and determined that you leap at the chance to make each day more invigorating than the last.
The Poseidon Conference Centre is on the eastern coast of Paros, on the Golden Beach. It is only 10 km from the Paros airport and there are at least 7 hotels in the area. For more details, check-out the Accommodations page.
We wanted to get back to the basics and thought, what better way to do that than to return to The Greeks? We lamented that professional development activities we were attending had become so formulaic. So boring. So uninspiring. We designed this symposium to put the passion back into professional development activities.
A NOTE ON PRICES:
Due to Greece’s ongoing economic crisis, both prices and taxes are at an historical high. We have done everything in our power to negotiate excellent value for our Symposiasts while still ensuring fair compensation and adequate gratuities for our hard-working hosts. Wherever possible, all goods, services and promotional materials associated with Symposium on The Greeks, are Greek-owned, Greek-operated and/or locally hand-crafted. Look for “Made in Greece,” when you spend your money.
A NOTE ON LANGUAGE
Due to the linguistic shortcomings of its organizers, this symposium will be organized and conducted in English.
A NOTE ON TRAVEL COMPANIONS
If you’re traveling with a companion who wishes to attend the symposium and join us for lunch on the days of the symposium, they are most welcome BUT, they must be registered in the category of SYMPOSIAST DELEGATE by March 1st in order to be included in the venue number count. Unfortunately, after March 1st, we will not be able to add them to the count. However, any unregistered companions are welcome at the optional evening events (documentary viewings and games) on June 28, & June 29th and at the Farewell Drinks on June 30th.