CULTURE

The Balkans and Europe

Balkan identity, one of the most controversial questions in modern Europe, will be the subject of a discussion today at a meeting jointly organized by the Political Science and History Department of Panteion University and the National Book Center of Greece (EKEBI). Writers and academics from all over the Balkans have gathered to address the topic: «Balkan Identities in Europe: Social Sciences, Historiography and Literature.» The speakers are Piro Misha from Albania, Magda Carneci from Romania, Ataol Bechramoglou and Murat Belge from Turkey, Veno Tauper from Slovenia, Dr Bozidar Jaksic from Serbia and Stefanos Pesmazoglou from Greece. A discussion will follow the speeches. Simultaneous translation will be provided and there will a reception. (Panteion University, 136 Syngrou Avenue, Sakis Karagiorgas Amphitheater, second floor, new building, at 6.30 p.m.) Ithaca January 2003 The January issue of Ithaca focuses on the literary prizes awarded in 2002. Other features include Elisavet Kotzia’s presentation of Stratis Myrivilis, Elias Maglinis’s interview with Christos Chryssopolis, Costas Karakotias’s article, «Alexandros Papadiamantis: A Greek on Speaking Terms with Europe,» and reviews of recent books of poetry, politics, children’s literature and gastronomy.