Kristina Gedgaudaite talks to Julia Secklehner about her research on cultural memory, migration, and graphic novels in contemporary Greek culture.
Kristina is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam.
Graphic novels have become a popular vehicle for public memory in Greek culture. Kristina’s recent book Memories of Asia Minor in Contemporary Greek Culture: An Itinerary (Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2021) explores how graphic novels, films and school textbooks offer accessible forms of memory about the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) and the Population Exchange. Kristina explains how the making of history in graphic novels such as Soloup’s Aivali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922 (2019) has the potential to frame wider social debates surrounding belonging and migration, and outlines the links of such historical projects to contemporary concerns such as the 2015 “Refugee crisis”.
Kristina’s wider research interests fall within the fields of cultural memory, migration, comics and graphic novels. Kristina holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and is a former Marilena Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. Alongside her monograph Memories of Asia Minor in Contemporary Greek Culture: An Itinerary, Kristina recently co-edited (with William Stroebel) a special issue of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies marking the centenary of the Greco-Turkish War.
Episode 29 – Tragi-Comics
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