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Voicing the stories of the excluded: Albanian families’ identity and history making in Athens, Greece

Start: Feb 21, 2015 11:00 AM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Voicing the stories of the excluded: Albanian families’ identity and history making in Athens, Greece

Eleni Vomvyla will give a talk hosted by the Public History Discussion Group at the Institute on 21 February.

Abstract

In my talk I draw from my ethnographic/participatory work with five Albanian families in Athens, Greece as part of my PhD research.  By sharing lives with participants for a period of over a year across multiple settings, I will be showing how individuals’ identities inform memory selection and history making, i.e. what it is to be remembered (or forgotten) and what it is to be passed down (or not) to the future generation.

Eleni Vomvyla holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage (UCL Institute of Archaeology) and has worked as a Research Associate at the Institute. She has been awarded a Beacon Bursary and a Small Grants Scheme from the UCL European Institute. Eleni is currently undertaking an internship as an evaluator in the Natural History Museum, London.

  • Tea/coffee & biscuits will be available from 11am in the Staff and Research Student Common Room (Room 609). The session will start at 11.30am promptly. All welcome!
  • Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Eleni Vomvyla.

The Public History Group started 18 years ago at Ruskin College, Oxford initiated by the first graduates of the MA that ran at the college then. The group also acted as a base for many conferences. It is based on a broad understanding of public history embracing an inter-disciplinary approach with an emphasis on the processes of engaging with the past and a variety of outcomes. Presenters include artists, museum workers, archivists, archaeologists, film makers as well as self defined historians!