Thursday, November 15, 2012

Macedonia: Promotion of Loring M. Danforth's Book on Greek Civil War Refugees in Skopje

The Foundation Open Society Macedonia has published Macedonian translation of the book Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory by Loring M. Danforth and Riki Van Boeschoten; and is organizing a promotional public debate in Skopje on November 16, 2012. Both coauthors will attend.

The debate will take place this Friday in Holiday Inn hotel at 11:00 hrs CET, and if you are unable to attend in person, there will be live video streaming via the service This service also uploads the video recordings of such events (also on FB) it covers, with a delay of few days, so if you miss it all, you'll be able to make up. 

Loring M. Danforth is a Bates College professor, and the author of classic anthropological work on ethnic Macedonian identity The Macedonian Conflict: Ethnic Nationalism in a Transnational World []. Over the years, numerous sites have quoted excerpts from the book, including myself in 1995 on my personal website I built as a student at Institute of Informatics.

Vasiliki P. Neofotistos wrote the following in her review of Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory []
Loring M. Danforth and Riki Van Boeschoten offer a masterful, original, and rich ethnographic analysis of the evacuation of children, self-identified as Greeks and Macedonians, from their homes in northern Greece by both parties in the Greek Civil War of 1946–1949, namely the royalist right-wing government and the Greek Communist Party. The refugee children—that is, children who were usually between the ages of three and 14, though often younger or older children as well, who were “forced to leave [their] home[s] and country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution” (265)—were evacuated to children’s homes operated by the Greek Communist Party in Eastern Europe and to paidopoleis (literally meaning “children’s cities”) by the Greek government in locations throughout Greece. Based on archival research and ten years of fieldwork in multiple locales around the world, the authors explore in three neatly organized and tightly knit parts the intersection between the stories of lived experiences as told by individual refugee children after the end of the Cold War and the history of the Greek Civil War. They provide pioneering insights into a still controversial episode in Greece’s modern history and maintain a remarkably balanced and sensitive approach, whereby a wide range of personal experiences and perspectives on the Civil War is presented and analyzed in a sophisticated manner.  [...]
Promoters of the Macedonian edition will include Todor Chepreganov, director of the Institute for National History, and Ljupcho Risteski, professor at the Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology in Skopje. FOSM executive director Vladimir Milcin will serve as moderator of the public debate. 

Friday, November 09, 2012

Armenia: Trees Turned into Sculptures

This article is also available in Macedonian and Albanian
- на македонски на Блогерај: Ерменија: Дрвја претворени во скулптури   
- на македонски на Блогспот: Ерменија: Дрвја претворени во скулптури      
- në gjuhën shqipe në Armeni: Drunjët shndërrohen në skulptura    

Examples how trees can remain part of the urban environment after their natural death. I made these photographs on the streets of Etchmiadzin, Armenia, in October 2006.

I already wrote about this (in Macedonian, on Blogspot and Blogeraj) back in 2009, when Skopje City Government started the first massacre of trees on Ilinden boulevard.

The city of Etchmiadzin is a spiritual seat of the Armenian culture, holding the seat of their national church. The complex containing the main cathedral is open and organized as a park with much greenery.