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dateDecember 10, 2020 timeThursday, 12:00pm EST locationVirtual Event
  • The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative
  • The Center for Spatial Research
  • The Graduate School of Architecture
  • Planning and Preservation
  • The Committee on Global Thought
  • Weatherhead East Asian Institute
  • The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture, London) in conversation with Beth Stryker (Cluster, Cairo; ArteEast, New York), moderated by Naeem Mohaiemen (Society of Fellows, Columbia University)

This event is hosted by the The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative and the University Seminar in Modern Greek

Director Yorgos Zois will participate in a panel discussion following a screening of Third Kind, a sci-fi film that invites us to contemplate ruination, nostalgia for a future-present, economies of abandonment, and collateral populations and spaces. The film considers the refugee crisis in Greece from the perspective of an alien future and through the abandoned Ellinikon airport—a former camp that was violently evacuated to facilitate a large development project. In narrating such spatial and social histories of dispossession, Zois frames this tale as follows: “Earth has been abandoned for a long time and the human race has found refuge in outer space. Three archaeologists return to Earth to investigate where a mysterious five tone signal is coming from…"

Yorgos Zois, film director in conversation with anthropologists George Μantzios (University of Toronto) and Dimitris Antoniou (SNFPHI, Columbia University)