2020 Conference Program

Each year, the International Conference on Humanities attracts a diverse group of participants from around the world. Our program development team bases on this diversity to provide a rich and distinctive experience, including keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and social events. The conference program brings together presentations on similar topics to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building.

Come back soon for the latest updates on accepted proposals, plenary speakers, and featured events.

Accepted proposals

If you have an accepted proposal, be sure to register for the conference to be included in the program.

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The program will be available for download 2 months before the start of the event.

Conference Featured Events

Highlighted Theme

Tema destacado 2019

Greek classics: Why its legacy remains relevant 2,500 years later?

2020 will be a very special year—2,500 years have elapsed since the Greeks resisted the second, and last, Persian invasion. The alliance of the Greek polis put the seeds that allowed Plato, Aristotle, and many other great thinkers, to create and develop a unique worldview based on the notion of the koinôn (κοινόν). Their new way of thinking about the world has played a seminal role in the shaping of today’s societies. The aim of this Conference is to consider the example of Ancient Greek philosophers and rethink the world, 2,500 years later. We believe that Greek Classics are the mirror where we should look at—they must be the path of light for our free societies. Thus, as inheritors of such a great legacy and as owners of all future science, we propose to reflect on this conference around the following thematic axis: “Greek Classics: Why Its Legacy Remains Relevant 2,500 years later?”

Subthemes:

  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Polis. Politics. Democracy.
  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Philosophy. Knowledge.
  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: History. Memory. Identity.
  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Image. Art. Culture.
  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Texts, Literature, Drama.
  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Environment and Sustainability.
  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Psychology and Self-Awareness.
  • 2,500 years of the Greek Classics: Digital Humanities. Digitalization.
  • Europe in crisis. Reflections from Ancient Greece to present-day Europe.
  • Other topics related to the Humanities.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Peter Meineck, PhD – New York University (USA)

Activating Antiquity: Classics and the Culture Wars in America Today.

Peter Meineck holds the endowed chair of Professor of Classics in the Modern World at New York University (USA) and is Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Nottingham (UK). He specializes in ancient performance, cognitive theory, and contemporary classical drama, and has published widely on these subjects. Recent publications include Theatrocracy: Greek Drama, Cognition and the Imperative for Theatre (Routledge 2018), Classics and Cognitive Theory (Routledge 2018), and Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks (Palgrave 2015). His new translation of Aristophanes Frogs is currently in press with Hackett Publishing, and he is currently working on a new book on the tragic playwright Aeschylus. Professor Meineck founded Aquila Theatre in London in 1991, which has since become one of the foremost producers of classical drama and innovative public programming in the United States (Aquila is now based in New York). With Aquila, he has produced and/or directed over fifty professional stage productions and developed many programs aimed at giving voice to marginalized communities, including veterans, students in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City, immigrants, and refugees. This work received the Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Outreach Prize from the American Philological Association.

Prof. Leonard Muellner, PhD – Harvard University (EE.UU.)

A Corpus of Open Ancient Greek and New Ways to Learn, Teach, and Publish

Leonard Muellner is Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies, Brandeis University, Chair of the Committee on Publications and Senior Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC. Educated at Harvard (Ph.D. 1973), his scholarly interests center on Homeric epic, with special interests in historical linguistics, anthropological approaches to the study of myth, and the poetics of oral traditional poetry. His recent work includes an article by on visual and verbal art and memory appeared in the Chinese journal, National Art, this past spring, and he has just completed an article for publication on the Free First Thousand Years of Greek (http://opengreekandlatin.github.io/First1KGreek/) for a publication entitled Digital Classical Philology. Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution, https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/502894, edited by Monica Berti.

Featured Events

Sign up for the special events of the conference to expand your knowledge of the Greek Classics while enjoying the best of Greece.

ATHENS THROUGH THE FIVE SENSES – Greece, May 23 – 24, 2020

On the weekend before the conference starts, we propose you a tour of Athens through the five senses. See and admire the Acropolis Museum, ancient and Byzantine sites, museum exhibits. Pass by the Roman Agora and walk with us in order to discover the secret streets of the city of light; what lies behind the obvious is full of the smell of citrus flowers as well as herbs and spices, at the central market. Visit the Museum of Ancient Greek Science and, at the heart of the city, touch fabrics and textiles that come from the mainland of Greece and the East; touch original leather and silk bindings and dive in the art of manuscript production and its application in modern artefacts. Taste the savours of traditional cuisine adapted for the 21st century and enjoy traditional music of the Eastern Mediterranean at the oldest house of the city. Complete your weekend with a visit to the astounding Cultural Centre of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, visit the National Library and the National Opera House therein and enjoy your beverage by the canal.

This 2-day program lasts from morning till late afternoon daily and includes short lectures by experts on various aspects of Greek history and culture, admission fees to museums and archaeological sites, a welcome drink and one meal (lunch) daily, bus transfers -where needed- but no hotel accommodation.

If there is sufficient number of participants interested to follow just one of the two days, special arrangements will be made.

Participation Cost

The total cost of participation is 250 Euros per person.

To book your tour, an advance deposit of 120 Euros is required by March 5, 2020. The balance of 130 Euros is due by April 15, 2020.

To proceed, please fill in the registration form and email it to ainosculture@gmail.com.

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Tour Specifics

This is mainly a walking tour. Participation covers:

  • Short lectures by experts on various aspects of Greek history and culture
  • Admission fees to museums and archaeological sites
  • A welcome drink
  • One meal (lunch, no drinks) daily
  • Transfer by bus to/from SNFCC
  • Trip leader and attendant

It does NOT cover:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Any other expense you will make during the trip

If there is sufficient number of participants interested to follow just one of the two days, special arrangements will be made.

Advance deposit / Balance

To book your tour, an advance deposit of 120 Euros is required by March 5, 2020.

The balance of 130 Euros is due by April 15, 2020.

Cancellations

If you have to withdraw from this tour, we will return the full amount if you notify us 22 or more days before the event. We will retain 50% if cancellation is made within three weeks, and 100% if within five (5) days

For booking requests on/after March 6, 2020 please contact us. As long as there are spaces available, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

• Due to limited places, please book as soon as possible
• Booking applications will be considered on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis
• Please note that the tour itinerary may be subject to change. Circumstances might arise which prevent us from operating a tour or event exactly as advertised. In this case, we will provide a satisfactory alternative. All changes will be announced well ahead of departure time in the website.
• Should you have any queries, please contact us on tel. ++30 6932 421060 or email us at ainosculture@gmail.com.

By signing the registration form, you state that you have read and agree to the Booking Terms & Conditions and the Tour Specifics, analyzing in detail what does your payment cover and how cancellations are treated.

For any further information, please contact us: Ainos Cultural Society, tel. ++30 6932 421060 or email us at ainosculture@gmail.com * www.ainosculture.org

ANCIENT TREASURES TOUR – Greece, May 28 – 31, 2020

To say that ancient Greece was the cradle of Western civilization is nothing new. We don’t need to tell you because, everywhere you look, the ancient Greeks’ world echoes in your own: democracy, science and mathematics, philosophy and ethics, literature and drama, art, architecture, sports –to mention but a few.

What makes the ancient Greek legacy important, however, is that it has been taken up, admired and re-formulated by every culture and every single generation between then and now. This is the very reason that a journey to Greece is meaningful and life-changing. It is more than a fun-in-the-sun vacation, it is more than just a trip; it is like returning to your homeland, fulfilling the everlasting human need of connecting with your roots.

Our expert lecturers will bring ancient Greece to life for you, guiding you around some of the most important UNESCO-listed World Heritage Monuments of Greece as well as other archaeological sites and museums, covering selected time periods spanning from the Late Bronze Age, to Archaic and Classical times to the Venetian rule of Greece. Highlights include Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, Delphi. It is a full itinerary, but the pace is manageable. Plenty of time is available on the sites and in the museums, allowing opportunity both for adequate exposition by the lecturer and time for further exploration on your own.

This 4-day (3-night) tour includes: transportation by luxury air conditioned bus, expert lecturers, hotel accommodation, breakfast and one meal (lunch) daily.

Participation Cost

The total cost of participation depends on the time you will register.

On the day you register, an advance deposit of 200 Euros is required.

Rate Type Registration Price per person
Early Rate up toDecember 13, 2019 490€
Standard Rate up to February 25, 2020 540€
Final Rate up to March 10, 2020 590€

To proceed, please fill in the registration form and email it to ainosculture@gmail.com.

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Tour Specifics

May 28
Ancient Corinth and Epidaurus. The site of Ancient Corinth has one of the earliest standing Doric temples on mainland Greece, and a fine museum. Here also lies the so-called Bema, on which Apostle Paul defended himself. Epidaurus, where Asklepios, god of medicine was worshipped, also includes the best-preserved of all ancient Greek theatres. We will spend the night at the seaside town of Tolon.

May 29
Nemea, Mycenae. A great deal of what you will see in the archaeological site of Nemea is owed to Stephen Miller, who has dedicated his life in the excavations of the site since the 1970’s and in the revival of the Nemean Games. You will have the opportunity to be acquainted with the famous Mantinian wine, explained by an enologist as well as taste it in all its possible versions.  Visit the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. The Mycenaean Megaron was the precursor for the later Archaic and Classical temples of the Greek world.

May 30
Nafplion, Ancient Olympia, Nafpaktos. Visit one of the best preserved Venetian structures in the whole of Greece, situated in the former capital of the First Hellenic Republic, picturesque Nafplion. Could it be that a European writer is honored in a small Greek town? Indeed, the statue of Miguel de Cervantes surprisingly stands near the port of Nafpaktos in order to commemorate the great novelist’s participation into the Battle of Lepanto, in 1571. This sea battle was decisive for putting an end to the Turkish naval supremacy. Nestling in a verdant valley, Ancient Olympia, the Panhellenic sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and birthplace of the Olympic Games, is certainly worth your time.

May 31
Delphi, Arachova. Taste the special traditional Greek cuisine at coastal Itea before entering in a sea of olive trees and reaching Delphi to admire the Sanctuary, perched on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassos. This is where Pythia, the highest priestess of the Temple of Apollo, delivered the most prestigious and authoritative oracles of ancient Greece. Enjoy breathtaking views and shop for traditional products and couleur locale at Arachova, before we make our way back to Athens.

Participation to this trip covers:

  • Accommodation in double room for 3 nights (solo travelers pay supplement)
  • Guided tours by expert lecturers
  • One meal (lunch, no drinks)
  • Transfers
  • Trip leader and attendant

It does not cover:

  • Admission fees to museums and archaeological sites
  • Any other expense you will make during the trip

Advance deposit / Balance

To book your tour, an advance deposit of 200 Euros is required. The time you make your initial payment signifies whether you are making an Early, Standard or Late Registration, each of whom has a different balance due date (please see below).

Cancellations

If you have to withdraw from this tour, there would be a charge which varies according to whether you have made an Early, Standard or Late Registration as well as the period of notice you give. Up to a certain date, the deposit would be forfeited. Thereafter a percentage of the total cost of the tour will be due.

Download Cancellation Policy

• Due to limited places, please book as soon as possible
• Booking applications will be considered on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis
• Please note that the tour itinerary may be subject to change. Circumstances might arise which prevent us from operating a tour or event exactly as advertised. In this case, we will provide a satisfactory alternative. All changes will be announced well ahead of departure time in the website.
• Should you have any queries, please contact us on tel. ++30 6932 421060 or email us at ainosculture@gmail.com.

By signing the registration form,  you state that you have read and agree to the Booking Terms & Conditions and the Tour Specifics, analyzing in detail what does your payment cover and how cancellations are treated

For any further information, please contact us: Ainos Cultural Society, tel. ++30 6932 421060 or email us at ainosculture@gmail.com * www.ainosculture.org

Ainos Cultural Society

Ainos Cultural Society is based in Athens (Greece) and acts as the Bureau of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, Oxford. It contributes to the dissemination of knowledge through seminars, conferences, exhibitions, educational and cultural trips and video media productions. Ainos has worked and is associated with various international institutions and universities: The National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece, the University of Harvard, Washington D.C., the University of Oxford, the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver – Canada, the Association Pierre Belon, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris France.

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