Important Message Regarding the 2020 Conference

We take seriously our responsibility to serve the public good, to consider the health and wellbeing our Research Network members, and to protect the communities we work with and in. Simultaneously, we are committed to enabling our members to be productive and collaborative during this challenging time. In this context, we have decided to continue with the Fifteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences as a virtual-only event.

You can still register and participate as an “In-Person” delegate. In choosing this option, you will also receive a complimentary registration to the Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom, 21-23 July 2021. Additionally, the Regular Registration deadline has been extended.

You can also still register as a “Virtual” delegate. But please note: you will not receive the same benefits as an “In-Person” registration as described above.

Submission details and format guidelines for digital content for both "In-Person" and "Virtual" registrations are available by clicking here.

Conference Themes and Special Focus

The Fifteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences features research addressing the following annual themes:

  • Theme 1: Social and Community Studies
  • Theme 2: Civic and Political Studies
  • Theme 3: Cultural Studies
  • Theme 4: Global Studies
  • Theme 5: Environmental Studies
  • Theme 6: Organizational Studies
  • Theme 7: Educational Studies
  • Theme 8: Communication
  • 2020 Special Focus—Reflecting on Community Building: Ways of Creating and Transmitting Heritage

Conference Chair

Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou

Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Plenary Speakers

Robert Baron

Robert Baron

Professor, Master of Arts Program in Cultural Sustainability, Goucher College, United States

Tina Bucuvalas

Tina Bucuvalas

Director, Florida Cultural Resources, Inc., United States

Esther Solomon

Esther Solomon

Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, University of Ioannina, Greece

Eleana Yalouri

Eleana Yalouri

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece

Modern Cultural Heritage Directorate - Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece

Modern Cultural Heritage Directorate
42 3rd September Str, 104 33,
Athens, Greece

Responsible for the implementation in Greece of the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (UNESCO, 2003) is the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, in particular the Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage, which belongs to the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage. The same Directorate is also responsible, in accordance with the same Presidential Decree, for the planning and implementation of actions for the safeguarding of the elements of intangible cultural heritage inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece and in the Lists provided for in the relevant UNESCO Convention.

© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports | Production- Direction: Silas Michalakas

Byzantine Chant
Τhe Byzantine chant is the mnemotechnics of the rendering of chants in Church services (practitioners, Liturgical Typikon, planning of concerts, resources, manuals, training and its characteristic cultural constitutive elements and idioms). Ιt was inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2015 and on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO, 2003) in November 2019.

© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports | Production- Direction: Silas Michalakas
August 15th (Dekapentavgoustos) festivities in two Highland Communities of Northern Greece: Tranos Choros (Grand Dance) in Vlasti and Syrrako FestivalThe Tranos Choros (Grand / Magnificent Dance) is a traditional dance event based on the dual elements of «song – dance» (a capella vocals and dance), without the accompaniment of musical instruments. It bears a ritual character, passed on from one generation to the next. The term Tranos denotes the universal participation of the local community in its performance and its great importance to the community.
The traditional festival of Syrrako at Tzoumerka in Epirus (Ioannina Regional Unit) is a music and dance event and simultaneously a rite that is identified by the locals as a significant element of their cultural heritage.
Τhis short film completed the file the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports submitted -in 2020- to the Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage ( UNESCO, 2003), in order for the elements of "Tranos Choros (Grand Dance) in Vlasti and Syrrako Festival" to be inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO, 2003).

© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports | Production- Direction: Silas Michalakas – Yannis N. Drinis

Tinian Marble Craftmanship
The art of marble-carving is an expression of the cultural identity of Tinos. Marble craftspeople possess empirical knowledge of the composition and structure of marble-bearing rock, the properties of each kind of marble, and the manipulation of its veins. Marble-carving workshops produce a range of traditional motifs, patterns and symbols such as cypresses, flowers, birds and ships.
The element was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage- UNESCO 2003) in 2015.

© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet involves a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food. Eating together is the foundation of the cultural identity and continuity of communities throughout the Mediterranean basin.
It was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage- UNESCO 2003) in 2013 by Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Marocco and Greece.

© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, 2016

Rebetiko
Rebetiko is a musical and cultural expression directly linked to song and dance that initially spread among urban working-class populations. Rebetiko songs are now a standardized repertoire in social occasions, containing invaluable references to the customs and traditions of a particular way of life. Rebetiko is transmitted orally, as well as by the media and in music schools, conservatories and universities, and musicians and enthusiasts continue to play a key role in keeping the practice alive. It was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage- UNESCO 2003) in 2017.

National Historical Museum

Old Parliament Building, 13 Stadious Str. Athens, Greece

The National Historical Museum is permanently housed in the Old Parliament Building at Stadiou Street (Kolokotronis square) since 1960. The Museum narrates the history of Modern Greece: the period of Ottoman and Latin rule, the Greek War of Independence (1821), the liberation struggles, the creation of an independent state, the political, social and spiritual development of the Greeks up to the present day.

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: "Imagining the Balkans". Identities and memory in the long 19th century

  • A virtual exhibition on the history of modern nations in Southeast Europe
  • Living in the Old World
  • Travelling, Communicating
  • A New Social Order and the Rise of the Middle Classes
  • Creating and Disseminating Knowledge
  • Mapping
  • Using History, Making Heroes
  • Public Celebrations
  • Image of the Nation Living in a place of historic change

Folklore Museum & Archives NKUA

School of Philosophy, Panepistimioupoli Campus 157.84,
Zografou Athens, Greece

The Folklore Museum & Archives [FMA] is the largest university folklore archive in Greece and one of the most important folklore archives in the country. Its mission, stated in its Constitution, is “to support educational and research needs relating to the subject of Folklore, and its application to the study of folk culture in Greek society and in the Greek diaspora.

© Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou | Production-Direction: Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou & Paraskevi G. Kanellatou

Folklore Museum & Archives: Students’ Collections
Students’ Collections of Ethnographic Material in the Folklore Museum and Archives of the University of Athens: Continuity and Change.

Research Centre for Greek Singing

Research Centre for Greek Singing [ΕR.Κ.Ε.Τ.]
G. Ventouri 51c, 15562
Holargos, Athens, Hellas

The Research Centre for Greek Singing (ERKET) is a non-profit organization based in Holargos, Attica. ERKET has been founded in order to promote scientific research and study of the cultural phenomenon of Greek singing, in mainland and in the Greek diaspora communities. Its main aims also are educational seminars, cultural performances and festivals. The archives’ creation such as: bibliography, discography, digital libraries, fieldwork audio and video records, photographs and ethnographic documentaries are also key tasks in ERKET research activities.

© Research Centre for Greek Singing

Polyphonic Songs from Pogoni region, Epirus GREECE “Kerantzides” Polyphonic Vocal Ensemble
in memory of Aggeliki Hatzimichali
"Mikis Theodorakis" Amphitheatre
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
"Kerantzides" Polyphonic Vocal Ensemble
[polyphonic songs from Pogoni, Epirus]
Polyphonic Songs:

  • i. A seabird
  • ii. Partridge and female dove
  • iii. Yiorgo, Spring has arrived
    art & music direction: Paraskevi G. Kanellatou costume design: Aggelos Theodossiou & Nikos Sotiriou
    art & music direction: Paraskevi G. Kanellatou
    sound engineer: Yiannis Sygletos costume design: Aggelos Theodossiou & Nikos Sotiriou production: Vacchae

© Research Centre for Greek Singing
Female Diphonies from Volakas, Drama, Macedonia Greece Vocal Ensemble of Drama & Serres' Female Diphonies
Vacchae 20th Anniversary We celebrate ... dance and sing
Anna & Maria Kalouta" Music Hall of the Municipality of Athens
Saturday 14 October 2017
Vocal Ensemble of Drama & Serres' Female Diphonies
i. My black swallows
ii. The two brothers
iii. My Tzane river!

© Research Centre for Greek Singing
“A Night in an Athenian Tavern” Music Performance in songs by Michalis Sougioul and Manos Hatzidakis
One Night in an Athenian Tavern, in songs by Michalis Sougioul & Manos Hatzidakis
"Melina" Municipality of Athens' Cultural Centre
Sunday 4 February 2018
Vocal Ensembles: Chalkis' Singers & Research Centre for Greek Singing under the Auspices of the Municipality of Athens in the Cycle of Carnival Events 2018
art & music direction: Paraskevi G. Kanellatou
sound engineer: Yiannis Sygletos cinematography: Michael Demetrious

© Research Centre for Greek Singing

Traditional Songs of Argostoli, Kefallinia, GREECE 9th Vocal Ensembles Festival of Traditional Music

9th Vocal Ensembles Festival of Traditional Music Traditional Songs of Argostoli, Kefallinia, Greece
“Mikis Theodorakis” Amphitheatre
Saturday 8 June 2019
Vocal Ensembles: Chalkis' Singers & Research Centre for Greek Singing
art & music direction: Paraskevi G. Kanellatou
sound engineer: Yiannis Sygletos
cinematography: RGB Studios costume design: Aggelos Theodossiou & Nikos Sotiriou

Greek Culture: The Artists "Yiannis Pseimadas"

Yiannis Pseimadas was born in Panaitolio, Aitoloakarnania, Greece. He studied advanced music theory and music for theatre and cinema. He worked for several years as a professional musician and singer. He has composed music for many theatrical plays of ancient tragedy, Comedies of Aristophanes, classical plays as well as theatrical plays for children. He was awarded for his music in various theatre festivals.

© Yannis Psimadas | Production-Direction: Yannis Psimadas

"Ancient Echoes" Composition-Ancient Lyre by Yannis Psimadas
This music piece with ancient and today music fragrances was filmed at several Greek landscapes every one with its own history and physical beauty. Two stoned lighthouses,12 wells with vineyards around them, the biggest lake of Greece Trichonis with its lakebirds flying, a byzandine era castle town, an Enetian guard tower for pirates. Music composition, ancient lyre, soundscapes, percussion by Yannis Psimadas

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