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ECHIC Conference 2019

 Athens, 4-5 April 2019,  The Byzantine Museum 

Humanities and the Arts

Creative Industries and Cultural Democracy

Following a string of successful conferences in major European cities (Dublin, Utrecht, Nottingham, Oporto, Pamplona, Macerata, Edinburgh and Leuven) the next Conference of the European Consortium for Humanities Institutes and Centres (ECHIC will be held in Athens in April 2019. The conference will be hosted in collaboration with the University of the Peloponnese and other participating Greek education and cultural institutions.

The conference will address the interface between humanities and the arts within Europe in a globalised world. The conference will focus on the creative industries as a paradigmatic topos of such confluences. It will also reflect on questions about the relation between creative economies and cultural democracy, and, at a more fundamental level, of the relation between creativity, ethics and politics which cut across boundaries between the Humanites, the Arts and Social Sciences and speak to contemporary concerns beyond academia.

The programme will feature keynote lectures, 15′-20′ papers, 10′ project presentations/demos, art exhibits, panel discussions, as well as the annual meeting of ECHIC and networking and cultural activities. Upon Registration, there also will be options of guided tours and visits to sites of cultural interest, such as the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, and/or a day-trip to spectacular cultural sites within short-distance from the city of Athens.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Dr Myrsini Zorba, Minister of Culture and Sports, Greece

Professor Rick Rylance, Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean of the School of Advanced Study-University of London

Professor Max Saunders, King’s College University of London, Co-Director of the Centre for Life-Writing Research

Delegates from:

The Greek Ministry of Research and Technology
The National Hellenic Research Foundation
The National Museum of Contemporary Art                                                                                                                                                                                                         The European Commission in Greece
as well as other Greek and international cultural institutions and universities.                

In order to join us, please visit the Registration page of the site.

Conference Organiser: Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou, Associate Professor of European Literature and Theory, University of the Peloponnese; Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study-University of London.


The conference is held in collaboration with



Under the aegis of

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports


Kindly sponsored by

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