Presenter: Prof. Nikos Papastergiadis
This final lecture in the series of Greek History and Culture Lectures for 2013 will be about the meaning of friendship. It will explore the contemporary phenomenon of 'liking' and 'making' friends in the age of social networking.
It will map out the complex history of the concept of friendship in philosophy, political theory and aesthetics, and then propose that the intuitive process by which we form trust and understanding with strangers in order to become friends, may also require some shared outlook.
The challenge is to see how we get a sense of this common outlook, and what is the breadth and width of its basis for a shared worldview.
Nikos Papastergiadis is a professor of Cultural Studies and Media & Communications at the University of Melbourne, he was educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge.
Prior to joining the School of Culture and Communication he was Deputy Director of the Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne; Head of the Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of Arts; lecturer in Sociology and recipient of the Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester.
In October 1916, the Ithacan migrants of Melbourne established the ITHACAN PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY "The Ulysses", with an inaugural membership of some 153 members. This was in response to pleas for aid from their loved ones in Ithaca who were suffering deprivation during the First World War.
Over the years, however, the Society has been much more than just a philanthropic institution. It has been a constant in the lives of the early Ithacan migrants replacing the homeland which they had left.
The Society takes an active role in the cultural, social, educational and quality of life interests of the Ithacan Community. The Society, as part of its philanthropic role, also makes many monetary contributions to worthy causes, including those outside the immediate Ithacan community. The Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006.