The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Annual Lecture

Hellenic Studies Annual Lecture

April 29, 2024 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Online & in-person
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Europe, Russia & Eurasia

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This event took place in-person in the Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto and online via Zoom.
How do we look back at the 50 year since the transition to democracy in July 1974? What kind of democratic practice has Greece established ever since? What is the political heritage of those intense moments of near collapse under the ongoing conflict in Cyprus and the Turkish invasion? And what did it mean for the country's image and self-perception that the Left won the political and cultural hegemony, as is often claimed, for several decades as a result of the lingering trauma triggered by the dictatorship and its aftermath? What is certain is that while the Greek transition managed to at once democratize the country, put an end to the long post-civil war period, and pave the way to Greece’s accession to the European Union, it also set the rules of the political game in the country for the years to come.
This talk started from this premise to look at how the memory of this real or supposed smooth change was challenged during the years of the Great Recession. While critics blamed the so-called ‘culture of Metapolitefsi’ and its underground currents for all present-day ills in that moment of intense crisis, others saw in 1974 unfinished business. Promises of a "New Metapolitefsi" on both right and left further proliferated, an invocation that made an appeal for a radical reboot that never really took place.
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Europe, Russia & Eurasia
Tanyaa Mehta


Kostis Kornetis

Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)

Phil Triadafilopoulos

Acting Director, Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto