The 32nd Annual Thomas E. Leontis and Anna P. Leontis Memorial Lecture in Modern Greek Studies

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March 25, 2020
3:30PM - 6:00PM
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North Dining Room, The Faculty Club, The Ohio State University, 181 South Oval Drive, Columbus, OH 43210

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Add to Calendar 2020-03-25 15:30:00 2020-03-25 18:00:00 The 32nd Annual Thomas E. Leontis and Anna P. Leontis Memorial Lecture in Modern Greek Studies

Soccer Club Identities in Greece: Class, Ethnicity & Localism

By Professor Alexander Kitroeff (Haverford College)

Soccer has been the most popular sport in Greece since its emergence in the early twentieth century. As is the case in other countries where this sport enjoys a similar status, Greek soccer clubs reflected a variety of identities: an attachment to a particular neighborhood or a city; a particular social class; a political party or an ethnic group. Soccer clubs have retained the original identities even though soccer throughout the world has gone through several evolutionary stages culminating with a fully professionalized and multi-million dollar entertainment business, the clubs, which have become wealthy corporations. The same applies to Greece, albeit on a much smaller scale, even though the professional era that began in the 1980s enmeshed soccer several key characteristics of Greek society including the country’s lack of independent institutions, the influence of an economic oligarchy and the effects of the recent decade-long debt crisis. This lecture discusses the identities represented by the four major Greek soccer clubs – AEK, Olympiacos, PAOK and Panathinaikos, how these identities were expressed by the club, the media and the fans, and examines how those identities were affected by the problems that Greek society has faced over the past four decades.

Alexander Kitroeff is Professor of History at Haverford College where he has taught since 1996.

He is the author of The Greeks in Egypt, 1919-1937: Ethnicity & Class (London,1989); Griegos en América [The Greeks in the Americas] (Madrid, 1992); Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics (New York, 2004); Hellas, Evrope Panathinaikos! 100 Chronia Hellenike Istoria [Greece, Europe, Panathinaikos! 100 years of Greek history] (New York, 2010); The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt (Cairo, 2019); and Greek Orthodoxy in America: A Modern History (Ithaca NY, 2020 forthcoming).

Visit the Leontis Memorial Lecture page for more information about the lecture series.

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Soccer Club Identities in Greece: Class, Ethnicity & Localism

By Professor Alexander Kitroeff (Haverford College)

Soccer has been the most popular sport in Greece since its emergence in the early twentieth century. As is the case in other countries where this sport enjoys a similar status, Greek soccer clubs reflected a variety of identities: an attachment to a particular neighborhood or a city; a particular social class; a political party or an ethnic group. Soccer clubs have retained the original identities even though soccer throughout the world has gone through several evolutionary stages culminating with a fully professionalized and multi-million dollar entertainment business, the clubs, which have become wealthy corporations. The same applies to Greece, albeit on a much smaller scale, even though the professional era that began in the 1980s enmeshed soccer several key characteristics of Greek society including the country’s lack of independent institutions, the influence of an economic oligarchy and the effects of the recent decade-long debt crisis. This lecture discusses the identities represented by the four major Greek soccer clubs – AEK, Olympiacos, PAOK and Panathinaikos, how these identities were expressed by the club, the media and the fans, and examines how those identities were affected by the problems that Greek society has faced over the past four decades.

Alexander Kitroeff is Professor of History at Haverford College where he has taught since 1996.

He is the author of The Greeks in Egypt, 1919-1937: Ethnicity & Class (London,1989); Griegos en América [The Greeks in the Americas] (Madrid, 1992); Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics (New York, 2004); Hellas, Evrope Panathinaikos! 100 Chronia Hellenike Istoria [Greece, Europe, Panathinaikos! 100 years of Greek history] (New York, 2010); The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt (Cairo, 2019); and Greek Orthodoxy in America: A Modern History (Ithaca NY, 2020 forthcoming).

Visit the Leontis Memorial Lecture page for more information about the lecture series.