Poet and journalist Dimitris Troaditis is scheduled to deliver an insightful lecture at the Greek Center this month, exploring the emergence and promulgation of radical anarchist ideas in Greece between 1874 and 1940.
Presented as part of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Free Seminar Series on Greek History and Culture, Troaditis will present an alternative perspective on subversive and radical ideas in Greece – a perspective that saves the anxieties of ordinary people. , and which can only be discovered if you dig like a tomb raider beneath the deep geological layers of the great tales. Because this is where we find the scattered âceramicâ fragments of past struggles.
During the conference, Troaditis will draw inspiration from his book on the subject to shed light on the stories that got lost in the dusty pages of official documents. It will highlight social and revolutionary struggles which, like any narrative blurring the image of a national and sovereign narrative, remain systematically obscured by official historiography. These are the accounts of the history and actions of the first anarchist, libertarian and utopian socialists to appear from the middle of the 19th century in Greece.
This historiography seems revolutionary, since history as a method implies the fundamental attribute of authority; the requirement to recount retrospectively, to periodize and to explain according to one’s current aspirations, the experiences of the protagonists. In this endeavor, history generally claims parables of greater validity than its own sources. Beyond the other difficulties, the attempt at history as presented here also contains a critical methodological problem, as it must find those forms of narrative that will not fall within the usual methodological claims of sovereignty.
Troaditis was born in Athens in 1959. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he participated in a shadow theater and a musical group. He studied journalism and worked in various publishing houses and bookstores in Athens, before moving permanently in 1992 to Melbourne, where he worked as an editor and journalist. As a poet, he published six collections of poetry. The most recent titled âSideways Glancesâ was launched in June during the GCM Greek Writers Festival 2019, of which Troaditis was a member of the organizing committee. Many of his poems have been published in a variety of literary journals and blogs in Greece and Australia, in Greek and English.
He is the administrator of the site ‘The Sieve’ and organizes poetry readings. He has also been involved in a number of translations of poetry, and has also translated countless political and historical articles, most of which have been published on “Neither God nor Master”. He is also a member of various institutes and international research groups involved in labor, radical and social history.
When: Thursday July 18 at 7 p.m.
Or: Greek Center (Mez, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC)