Online Conference: «Lafcadio Hearn’s Journey in Culture…»

Under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization

Under the auspices of the Greek Embassy in Tokyo

The Conference is part of a series of activities aimed at highlighting the traveling and work of Lafkadio Hearn.

Researchers on the work of Lefkadios Hearn are invited to the Conference as speakers, such as Dr. Mary Gallagher from the University College of Dublin, Mr. Steve Kemme Journalist-Writer from Cincinnati, Ms. Aikaterini Kamilaki-Polymerou former Director and scientific associate of the Greek Folklore Research Center of Athens Academy, Ms. Angela Gerekou, President of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Ms. Despina Zernioti, Director of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Mr. Vassilis Galanos from the University of Edinburgh, Mrs. Teti Solou, cartoonist and  translator of Lefkadios Hern.

During the Conference, the actor Elias Logothetis will read parts of work of Lefkadios Hearn.

Greetings will be addressed by:

The Ambassador of Greece in Tokyo, Mr. Konstantinos Kakiousis, the Rector of the University of Patras, Professor Christos Bouras, the great-grandson of Lefkadios Hearn and Director of the Lefcadios Hearn Memorial Museum in Matsue of Japan, Bon Koisumi, the Mayor of Lefkada, Mr. Charalambos Kalos, the president of Tourism Management Department, Professor Alkiviadis Panagopoulos, the Director of the Museum of School Life & Education, Mrs. Evangelia Kantartzi and the collector of the history and work of Lefkadios Hearn, Mr. Takis Efstathiou etc.

At the same time, our goal is to publish a bilingual (English-Greek) illustrated children’s story about the life and work of Lefkadios Hearn. The book under publication includes an educational program that will support the development of actions in schools. The educational program is already being piloted at the 2nd Experimental Kindergarten of Thessaloniki and the results of the educational program will be presented at the conference.

In addition, a digital exhibition on the life and work of Lafkadio Hearn will be created, which will be presented during the Webinar. A section in the exhibition will be dedicated to the efforts for highlighting the work of Lafkadio Hearn in Greece. The aim is the exhibition to be formed with the cooperation of all those who have dealt (organizations and individuals) with Lafkadio Hearn. There will be a reference -through archival material- to the role of Mr. Takis Efstathiou for the dissemination of the work of Lafkadio Hearn.

Finally, an effort is made to collect material (books, photographs, and other archival material) in order to create a study center of Lefkadios Hearn on the premises of the Department of Tourism Management of the University of Patras.

Conference Organizing-Scientific Committee

Bouras Christos, Rector of the University of Patras

Panagopoulos Alkiviadis, Professor, President of the Department of Tourism Administration

Argyropoulou Maria, EDIP, Department of Tourism Administration, University of Patras

Kantartzi Evangelia, Director of the Museum of School Life and Education

Koutsonikos Ioannis-Associate Professor

Nikas Ioannis – Assistant Professor

Poulaki Ioulia-Assistant Professor

The Conference is free for the public with a Registration Form. The participation form can be found HERE.

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