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Queering Theogony: towards Mythology for Alternative Futures

  • Romantso, Athens (GR) Αnaxagora 3-5 Athens Greece (map)

Join us for the lecture-presentation of Denis Maksimov, co-founder ofAvenir Institute, on potentiality of classical text, Hesiod Theogony, to become a laboratory for generating possible futures through methodologies of critical reading. 

Revisiting and revitalising transhistorical contemporaneity of Theogony today is a task of paramount importance, specifically in relation to possible futures of identity, queer narrative and critique of socio-political institutions. Before the emergence of epistemology, often assigned to Plato, the understanding of concepts of ‘knowledge’, ‘power’ and ‘justice’ was much more competitive and diverse. Those alternative interpretations can allow us to challenge 'fundamentality' of contemporary capitalist colonial patriarchy and so-called ‘normal’ institutions at the very core of their emergence on the level of mythological archetypes.

Apart of introduction into the narrative and structure of ongoing collective interdisciplinary research, the reading group modus operandi, aims and programme will be presented. 
The reading group meetings, which will be hosted by AMOQA (Athens Museum of Queer Arts), as well as accompanying film programme, will occur during the next week (February 5-10) and include critical reading, screenings and collective visits to the museums. It is the first step towards approximately year-long collective cycle of studies.

Entrance is free, all welcome! 

After the lecture, it will be possible to inscribe for participation in the sessions. 

When / February 1, 19.00 - 22.00
What / Queering Theogony: towards Mythology for Alternative Futures
By whom / Rodrigo AndreolliAkis Chontasis, Denis Maksimov, Gian Spina
Where / Romantso, Αnaxagora 3-5 · Αθήνα, Greece

[image credit: Birth of Athena, 
from Arthur Bernard Cook. Zeus, A Study in Ancient Religion. Vol 3. Zeus God of the Dark Sky (Earthquakes, Clouds, Wind, Dew, Rain, Meteorites). Part 1. Text and Notes. Cambridge University Press, 1940]