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Screening and discussion seminar. Topic: “Gastronomic Culture as a Metaphor of the Greek-Turkish relations (as witnessed in the Greek-Turkish coproduction A Touch of Spice and the Greece and Turkey at the Same Table publication)”.

On 30.10.2014 the Department of Ethnology and Balkan Studies held its departmental seminar. The seminar was organized as a film screening and follow-up discussion and its theme was “Gastronomic Culture as a Metaphor of the Greek-Turkish relations (as witnessed in the Greek-Turkish coproduction A Touch of Spice and the Greece and Turkey at the Same Table publication)”. Guest-lecturer at the event was Zdravka Mihaylova – translator and journalist, who was honored with the Greek State Literary Translation Award in 2010. A Touch of Spice – one of most popular and beloved Greek films was presented to an audience of academic staff and students of Balkan Studies, English and Ethnology, Applied Linguistics. In her talk about the film Zdravka Mihaylova said:


“The separate parts of the film are titled “Mezedes”, Main Dishes” and “Desserts” but they will not teach you how to cook a Greek meal, nor how to construct one.  Greek culinary art is just as mysterious as is Greek life itself. What is described in the film is the effect produced by spices which bind the parts of family history and hold them together. Cooking is not just a necessity, it is at the heart of every family gathering, a key to making important decisions; it is entertaining and it is a challenge, a core element of family life. The film foregrounds the complexities of human life while searching for and revealing the overlaps and manifest similarities between the two nations rendered in an emotional and realistic manner. Hospitality, the importance of the family, the roles of cooking and eating  in strengthening family and social ties,  love and respect – these are some of points where Greek and Turkish mentality are found to overlap. Greek writer Petros Markaris – born in Istanbul and of Armenian-Greek parents – defines this specific city culture, with its experiences and memories, as a home culture – this is the long history of the anonymous Constantinople families.
The next seminar of the Department of Ethnology and Balkan Studies will be held on 28.11.2014. The theme of the seminar is: “Crisis, Social Critique and Resistance: People’s Grievances in the Period of Eearly Socialism in Bulgaria”. Lecturer: Prof. Phil. Habil. Milena Benovska

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