June 2015


Greece and Euro(pe)

Sunday 28.06.2015 7:00 PM | Seminar Room 1

Admission: free (donations welcomed)

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Hellenische Gemeinde zu Berlin e.V.



Part III: Modern Greek Culture in Crisis

Dimitris Karydas and Nikos Tzanakis-Papadakis discuss the cultural and social aspects of the crisis in Greece.

Host: Ozeni Athanasiadou

This event will be held in German.

Greece is at a crossroads. The country is being criticized of not wanting to carry out necessary reforms. The European negotiators, especially the German Government, would like to make additional aid payments to Greece dependent on the extent to which the country implements the requested measures. But what lies behind this oft-quoted "Reform List" continues to remain in the dark. At the same time, the resentment and distrust of the European institutions continues to rise in Greece. The Greeks look at the required mass layoffs, the elimination of workers' rights, further pension cuts and the privatization of key state-owned enterprises with fear - measures which the European Left has long been criticizing as neoliberalism. The question remains unclear as to what the patient Greece is actually suffering from; a question that should have been asked long before the official start of the crisis. However, the political will was lacking not only Greece, but also on an international level.

The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN and the Hellenische Gemeinde zu Berlin will be dealing with these issues in three events in June 2015. In lectures and discussions, the crisis in Greece will be examined from its genesis. In addition to economic aspects, the political, cultural and social aspects will be looked at, which in their entirety have led the country into the abyss. The central focus is the question of what specific markedness the global crisis in Greece has had.


Ozeni Athanasiadou is a lawyer based in Berlin. She freelances for the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, where she leads classes on the subject of capital. She also leads workshops on Das Kapital and Marxist legal theory.

Discussion Participants

Dimitris Karydas has a Doctorate in physics and philosophy. He was particularly active politically in Greece in the 1970s and 1980s, where he was involved with cultural criticism magazines. He has lived in Berlin for 20 years, teaches philosophy at the Theological Faculty of the Humblodt University and organizes events on the cultural history of modern Greece at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Nicos Tzanakis-Papadakis studied political science and history at the Panteion University in Athens and philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate's on the theory of time of Walter Benjamin.

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