International Conference: Reconciliation through Art. Perceptions of Hijab

An International conference took place in Athens on the 15th May 2009, in the premises of Athinais Cultural Centre on the theme of the project "Reconciliation through Art: Perceptions of Hijab".  The conference was well attended and was conluded by heated debate . The proceedings of the conference can be downloaded here.



The conference programme appears in detail below


Friday, 15th May 2009, Athens
Cultural Center
Kastorias 34-36, Votanikos,

9:00- 9:30 Registration
9:30- 9:45 Opening, Greetings
Part 1: Presentation of the Transnational Project: “Reconciliation through art – Perceptions of Hijab”
9:45-10:00 “Aims and results of the transnational partnership: approaching reconciliation through three different viewpoints” by Dr. Fouli Papageorgiou, Project Coordinator, PRISMA- Center for Development Studies
10:00- 10:30 “Mediation and cultural differences. Theatre among women’s stories, tales, silences and songs” by Prof. Gabriel Maria Sala, Professor of Cultural Mediation, Educational Science, University of Verona
10:30- 11:00 “The sun is for everybody” by Prof. Kiril Topalov, Professor of Literature, University of Sofia, President of the Academy of Balkan Civilization, Sofia
11:00-11:30 “Τhe creative process of overcoming prejudice” by Shirin Youssefian Maanian, Actress- Director and Peace Activist.
11:30- 12:00 Coffee- break
Part 2: Hijan in public life
12:00- 12:20 “Multiculturalism and Hijab” Anna Karamanou, Former Chairwoman of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee of the European Parliament
12:20- 12:40 “The political usage of Hijab” Takis Kampilis, Journalist
12:40- 13:30 Discussion
13:30- 14:30 Lunch
Part 3: Exhibition “Protection and symbol: from the ancient wimple to the Hijab”
14:30- 15:30 Presentation of the exhibition concept by the curator Louisa Karadipaki, Art Historian
*Guided visit to the exhibition
Part 4: Round table: “The modern problematic around Hijab: can art act as a medium for the reconciliation of cultures?”
15:30- 17:30 Participants giving short presentations:
- Kostas Kartelias, Poet, President of Alekton
- Maria Stratigaki, Assistant Professor, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Social Policy
- Gioul Karahasan, Lawyer, Prefectural Councillor, Rodopi Prefecture
- Nefeli Kontarini, Painter
End of conference