WHY READ? The Role of Writers & Books in the 21st Century

The Role of Writers & Books in the 21st Century

Photo © Roman Robroek, used with permission in connection
with the Hellenic Authors’ Society symposium on
"Why Read? The Role of Writers & Books in the 21st Century”.

"Why Read: The Role of Writers & Books in the 21st Century” is the overall theme of a symposium being held at the Cultural Center of the City of Athens on October 18 and 19, 2018. Why & how do we read? Why write? Why translate? Why publish? Aspects of these questions are addressed by distinguished Greek and other authors, critics, translators, and scholars who participate in this international symposium being organized by the Hellenic Authors' Society, in cooperation with the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society at Columbia University and the Department of English Language & Literature of the School of Philosophy at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, on the occasion of UNESCO’s designation of Athens as World Book Capital. Four panels (11:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 18:30 on both Thursday and Friday) and a round table (19:00 to 21:00 on Friday) are being held at the Antonis Tritsis Amphitheater of the Cultural Center of the City of Athens. Languages: Greek & English, with parallel interpretation. Free admission.
What is the future of writing? How do relations between writers, books & readers, language & translation evolve? Do writers have common motives in all periods? Who are the future readers? How does love for or enmity toward reading emerge? How are orality, writing, and electronic speech distributed? How do literature & writing sail in an ocean of orality? How do they respond to material conditions of production & circulation, to social & political environments, to international cultural divisions of labor? How are relations shaped between "minor” and "major” languages, in terms of numbers, in multi-lingual, mono-lingual & a-lingual conditions? What is the place of the Greek language? How do critics & criticism become involved? Is there literature without translation?
Athens World Book Capital 2018 is made possible thanks to its donors and contributors. Major Donor is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Gold Donors are John S. Latsis Public Benet Foundation and Core SA. Donors are Onassis Foundation, Welfare Foundation for Social & Cultural Affairs, Laskaridis Foundation, and Greek Collecting Society for Literary Works (OSDEL). Valuable contributors are Aegean Airlines, Athens International Airport, and Urban Rail Transport SA (STASY).
The Hellenic Authors’ Society symposium on "Why Read?” is undertaken under the auspices and with the support of the Hellenic Parliament and the Ministry of Culture & Sports, with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as major donor, and supported by the City of Athens and its Organization for Culture, Sports & Youth (OPANDA) and the Greek Collecting Society for Literary Works (OSDEL) among others, while special appreciation is extended to Hotel Kimon, public relations company ArtsPr, and Indigo Graphics.

Thursday & Friday, October 18 & 19, 2018, in Greek & English
Cultural Center of the City of Athens (50 Academias Street)

HELLENICAUTHORS’ SOCIETY8 Kodrigtonos Street, 112 57 Athens, Greece
Τ +30 210 823 1890, F +30 210 823 2543, e-mail.
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