Black Sea Myths and Modern Europe

Friday, October 6, 2017
Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center for the Humanities

Please join us for a symposium co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, Black Sea Networks Initiative, Columbia University Presidential Global Innovation Fund, and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

For up to date information on this event please visit the event page on the Heyman Center website.

Click here for directions to the Heyman Center. Note that to access the venue you must provide picture ID and sign in at the security desk. Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis.

The symposium addresses key ancient Black Sea myths that retain a stable presence in the Western cultural imagination—Prometheus, Medea and the Argonauts, Iphigenia, Odysseus—and aims to explore their life in the lands where these myths initially emerged. It targets especially the little-studied political mobilization of these myths in the construction of modern national, regional, and pan-European identities for various communities around the Black Sea. This symposium is the first public event of a long-term international research program, mobilizing an interdisciplinary team of scholars from the U.S., U.K., Greece, Bulgaria, and the Republic of Georgia under the umbrella of the global initiative “Black Sea Networks” housed by the Slavic Department of Columbia University.


Edith HallProfessor of Classics, Kings College London

Cleo Protokhristova, Professor of Comparative Literature, Plovdiv University, Bulgaria

Tamta Khalvashi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Free University of Tbilisi

Discussant: Helene Peet Foley, Professor of Classics, Barnard College

Organized bValentina Izmirlieva (Professor of Slavic Literature and PI of the Global Black Sea Networks Initiative).