Παρασκευή, 22 Ιανουαρίου 2010

ΜΙΑ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΛΟΓΙΚΗ ΜΕΛΕΤΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΣΦΑΚΙΑ

Experiencing Diversity and Mutuality
European Association of Social Anthropologists
Ljubljana, 26 to 29 August 2008


The Warrior-Shepherd Signifier: Locations and Meanings of Highland Cretan Photographic Subjects
Konstantinos Kalantzis, University College, London
(kkalantzisATgooglemail.com)

The paper is concerned with diverse significations of a certain visual imagery that evokes “tradition”, ruggedness and masculinity in contemporary Greece. This imagery is currently central in both global (commercial products, tourism) and local contexts.

It draws on my fieldwork observations in the Sphakia region of south-western Crete and elsewhere in Crete and Greece.

The paper focuses on the images of specific Sphakian shepherds who were photographed throughout their lives by professionals and tourists. These photographs are currently used in various contexts, such as public state displays, on commercial products, as postcards but also in household photographic albums.

Sphakia is a region in contemporary Greece that holds an evocative “myth” of masculine tradition which is understood within a visual, typological aesthetic of a warrior-shepherd who displays embodied tradition and hardship. Such imagery (initially the product of 19th century folklorists and travellers) which is central in the national imaginary, has been recently re-used within a context of global commercial potentials but also of Cretan re-engagement with the past. The imagery entails both glorifying and exoticising facets.

In my analysis I explore different spheres and engagements with the discussed images and thus examine the location, dislocation and production of meaning, paying attention to consumption as well as to the pictorial strategies involved. Broadly, the paper engages with issues of power in visual stereotypical motifs but focuses on signification thus exploring the importance of the aesthetics of ruggedness for different ‘’agents’’ in a time when tradition and the past are objects of great interest.

Από εδώ:
http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa08/downloads/easa08_abstracts.pdf

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PhD Student:

Konstantinos Kalantzis
Visualizing Identity on the Margins of Europe: Photography and the Geographies of Imagination in contemporary Sphakia, Crete

UCL DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

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