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February 14, 2012

Chinese - Greek Comparisons in Archaeology and Popular Culture

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) & U-M Modern Greek Program
jointly present

Chinese - Greek Comparisons in Archaeology and Popular Culture

Monday, February 20, 2012 | 4pm
Michigan League – Vandenberg Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Archaeology and Popular Culture in the Confucian Landscapes”
Talk by LI MIN (PhD ‘08), Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA.
- With the current revival of traditional cultures in China, journeys through the Confucian landscape once again became important means of embracing the classical tradition. What does archaeology have to contribute to this creation and recreation of cultural experience centered around the Confucian classics?


“Hellas Essentialized: The Gr€€k Economic Crisis, Political Cartoons, and Classical Greece”
Talk by LAUREN TALALAY, Associate Director and Curator of Academic Outreach, U-M Kelsey Museum.
- Images from classical archaeology and mythology are omnipresent in modern Greek culture. This talk provides a case study of one aspect of that symbolic capital, exploring how the Western press has drawn from Greek images and associated ideas of antiquity and manipulated them in political cartoons to provide a view of Greece’s current failure in the world marketplace.

Part of "The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China and Greece" – a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program.

Posted by zzhu at February 14, 2012 10:24 PM