University of Sydney professor Vrasidas Karalis will present an open lecture entitled ‘Kostas Papaioannou and the Enigmas of Greek Art’, on Thursday 7 May (7.00 pm), in the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture of the Greek Community of Melbourne (Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street).

Kostas Papaioannou was one of the most important academics of modern Greek history, contemplating on politics and art of the previous century, and one of the first submitting criticism to Marx’s ideology. He left Greece in 1945 and established himself as a philosopher and translator in France whilst introducing a new conceptual framework on liberalism and socialism via social change.

Professor Karalis will give a brief presentation of Papaioannou’s ideology and especially on his work on Byzantine and ancient Greek art, as a basic component of Western metaphysics and Judeo-Christian messianism.

Vrasidas Karalis is Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney. For the last 20 years, he has been involved in a vast number of public lectures and publications receiving the Federation Medal from the federal government in 2003. His area of research has been in Modern Greek, Byzantine, Cultural Studies and more recently New Testament Studies.

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