Soloúp’s Aivali: A Graphic Novel about Greeks and Turks in 1922
Presentation featuring the comics artist Soloúp from Athens, Greece and Translator Tom Papademetriou
Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Humanities 587, 4-5 PM
Light refreshments to follow: Humanities 577, 5-6 PM; signed copies available
The Humanities building is located on Tapia Drive; consult the campus map
Aïvali (Ἀϊβαλί) illustrates life in a quaint city on the Aegean coast during the late Ottoman empire, up to and following the violent events of 1922. This graphic novel covers events of life prior to the Greek-Turkish War of 1919, the humanitarian disaster surrounding 1922, the population exchange of the Treaty of Lausanne, and the resettlement by Muslims from Crete.
Aïvali brings together the disciplines of history, literature, and art, and presents a human story of violent displacement, war, nationalism, racism, homeland, brotherhood, coexistence, and tolerance in a popular medium accessible to all. This work emerges from the author’s personal encounters and family memories, and literary landscapes of notable authors.
Soloúp (Antonis Nikolopoulos) is a well-known prize-winning political cartoonist, who collaborates with newspapers and magazines in Greece. He studied Political Science at Panteion University and earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean. He has published 13 books with comics and cartoons, as well as his Ph.D. thesis on the history of comics in Greece. His first graphic novel, Aïvali, won awards at the 2015 Athens Comicdom, has been translated into French, Turkish, and English, and is the subject of a travelling exposition hosted by the Benaki Museum.
Tom Papademetriou is the Constantine and Georgiean Georgiou Endowed Professor of Greek History, and Director of the Dean C. and Zoë S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at Stockton University. Dr. Papademetriou earned his Ph.D. in Ottoman History from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University in 2001. His research focuses on the history of non-Muslims under Ottoman rule, especially the relations of the Greek Orthodox Church and State in the early Ottoman centuries, which is the subject of his book, Render Unto the Sultan, published by Oxford University Press, 2015. Dr. Papademetriou has been awarded multiple research fellowships, including from the Social Science Research Council, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center-Harvard University. Most recently he was appointed Edwin C. and Elizabeth A. Whitehead Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Tom Papademetriou, Soloup, Alexandra Pappas, and Dean Papademetriou