E-book Ulysses’ Gaze

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We are proud to present the Ulysses’ project publication: Ulysses’ Gaze. Stories of Migration. The theme of the ebook is the contemporary migration in Europe, analyzed through an interdisciplinary perspective. The first part includes academic articles by experts in the fields of sociology, history and psychology, such as Koukmas Yannis text on migration in contemporary Greece. In the second part the authors are cultural animators, artists and cultural studies; it includes essays and interviews on the concept of migration as

Costa Gavras about his experience as an immigrant. Interview by Nikos Ago

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The least said the sooner mended and the work of a journalist becomes easier when you speak with Costa Gavras, the well-known Greek-French director that I had the opportunity to meet these days in Athens. I asked his opinion for immigrants, with the attribute of an immigrant, as he clarified that feels in the preceding press conference. “The migratory problem of Greece is henceforth very acute. Greece is a very small country and not rich enough to accept so much

Two facets of migration in GOLDEN AGE Romania, Marius Radu

Using the opportunity and the context given by Ulysses’ Gaze Project, we need to share an almost peculiar double facet alternative for the concept of migration practiced in communist Romania’s ‘GOLDEN AGE’. First, the applied Russian invention of deportation, and second, more local and perverse, “filling the purse” of the nomenclature, people serving the regime and, no doubt, of the presidential family – Ceausescu. Baragan Deportation As we pointed out, the first program, created and enforced by the stalinist communism,

An immigrant in Belgium about immigrants

An immigrant in Belgium about immigrants By Journalist Mirona Mitache I am an immigrant. Although I don’t feel like one anymore, I still am and some people around think about me in this way. In Europe where free movement of people is a right, we still label our fellows and treat them different based on their nationality. Are we wrong or right? Moreover, if we are free to travel and work wherever we want in our Europe, why do we

Migration in 21st century Greece – Article by Yannis Koukmas

Immigration constitutes an integral part of human mobility and history. People always migrated in search of new living conditions. For this reason, it had always been a matter of concern and discussion. In the day of globalisation, more particularly, it has been found not only at the epicentre of debates, analyses and political plannings but also scientific researches and studies. The modern Greek state and the Greek society have long-term migration experience for two main reasons. Firstly, the Greek people

Migration as a form of abandonment, Prof. Mona Vintila, Ph.D.

Abstract             The present paper views the acute problem of emigration from the perspective of the child left home, and who feels abandoned by his parent or parents. This feeling will seriously damage him emotionally, affecting his psychological wellbeing on many levels: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, causing behavioral problems and in the end affecting his ability of acting as a competent adult in a future partner relationship. Introduction Statistics say that over 4 million Romanians have emigrated in the past 25

‘Other’ posts in ‘other’ places: Poland through a postcolonial lens?

Lucy Mayblin, Aneta Piekut, Gill Valentine 1. Introduction Postcolonial theory has tended to focus on those spaces where European colonialism has had a territorial and political history. This is unsurprising, as much of the world is in this sense ‘postcolonial’. But what of those postsocialist states to the west of the ‘East’ and the east of the ‘West’? – Former Soviet ‘colonies’ experiencing new Western imperialisms at the same time as adjusting to their ‘transition’ to capitalism? Postcolonial theory has

Movie from ‘emigration’ to… ‘immigration’…

Migration as a complex social, political and ethnic phenomenon, through its cultural impact of adaptation, of acceptance and tolerance, the drama of renunciation or even of the violent ‘rupture’, is characterized by some reference points of the emotional-narrating paths  but also by the meditative impulse we find in movies (of any kind) produced over time. Concise: from the playful character of the Emigrant (1917) played by the master Charlie Chaplin, in some sort of pantomimic-performance, where the drama of the situation

4th meeting of partners-Alexandroupolis

With success was held on Saturday 21 and Sunday, March 22 in Alexandroupolis the  4rth meeting between the partners involved in the program “Lifelong Learning – Grundtvig» – «Lifelong learning programme» for the project “Ulysses’ Gaze: Stories migration through the East-European cinema. ” Members and volunteers from the Warsaw- Dom Spotkań z Historią,  Brussels-EuropaNova, Timisoara-Student Plus and Hague-Spartak Platform met with members and volunteers of the Ethnological Museum of Thrace in the museum and discussed the progress of the project

Migration, an Ethical Challenge? – Article by Olga Papadopoulou

Below is an article by Olga Papadopoulou, part of Platform Spartak’s contribution to the upcoming Ulysses’ Gaze e-book. A short author bio is included at the end of this article (scroll down). Migration An Ethical Challenge? Migration, human movement in general, has been a constant phenomenon throughout the history of mankind. But, it is becoming nowadays a major challenge in an even integrated Europe and an ever globalizing world (1). Never before have had politicians and diplomats paid so much

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