History in images: Potential and Exceedance

Sunday, 5 March, 11.00 @Pavlos Zannas


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History in images: Potential and Exceedance
A discussion with Stathis Kalyvas
Moderator: Eleftheria Thanouli

The discussion with Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, Oxford, will aim at featuring a series of issues related to history and documentary, based on the adaptation of his book, Disasters and Triumphs (2015), into a documentary series for television. Subjects to be tackled are the relationship between academia and audiovisual history, the potential for the production and handling of historical knowledge offered by the documentary format, but also the difficulty of conveying abstract ideas through image and sound. Moreover, the acclaimed scholar will discuss the specific experience of the creation of the documentary, while also assessing and focusing on the most important decisions, the innovations, difficulties and exceedances which had to be made for the realization of the audiovisual version of his book.


Stathis N. Kalyvas (1964), a Greek political scientist, is the Gladstone Professor of Government at the University of Oxford and a University Academic Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Until 2018 he held a professorial position at Yale University. In 2008 he was voted a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2020 became a member of the British Academy.

Eleftheria Thanouli is Professor in Film Theory at the School of Film of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is Head of the Laboratory for the Study of Greek Cinema & Television of the Aristotle University, while her latest book, History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines (2018), focuses on the relation between written and audiovisual history. Since 2021 she is President of the Board of Directors of the Thessaloniki Film Festival.