“Teaching Visual Ethnography in the Metropolis” | Ethnofest at Dialogues in Archaeology 2018

Tuesday May 29th, 2018

We are happy to announce that the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest will participate in the fourth edition of “Dialogues in Archaeology”, which will take place in Athens from May 31st to June 3rd 2018. This year’s theme is “Cities / Urban Landscape” and Ethnofest’s participation consists of a screening session of selected short ethnographic films, all of which were produced during the past editions of the Summer School “Visual Ethnographies of Cityscapes”, in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute at Athens. An open discussion on “Teaching Visual Ethnography in the Metropolis” will follow the screenings.

The Summer School “Visual Ethnographies of Cityscapes”, co-organized by Ethnofest, the Netherlands Institute at Athens and VU Amsterdam, in collaboration with instructors from other academic and research institutions, gives a lot of focus on the City and the Urban Landscape. For the past three years, students from all over the world have created dozens of ethnographic films in and for the urban landscape of Athens within the context of the Summer School. The past three years’ experiences and the future challenges of this venture, both in terms of ethnographic research and in terms of teaching, will be thoroughly discussed with the organizers and instructors of the Summer School.


  • Kostas Aivaliotis – Co-founder of Ethnofest / Promotional Director, Greek Film Center
  • Christos Varvantakis – Head of Programming of Ethnofest / Researcher, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Tryfon Bampilis – Head of political and social sciences programmes, Netherlands Institute at Athens
  • Pafsanias Karathanasis – Head of Side-events of Ethnofest
  • Silas Michalakas – Development and Educational Activities Manager of Ethnofest


The Screenings:

My name is Prosfygika, 2015, 11 ́

Dir.: Daiana Tzvetkova, Jiahui Zeng, Nickolaos Papadimitriou

Votsalakia, 2015, 14 ́

Dir.: Elodie Heiniger, Chloe Odent, Marion Fert, Hara Kaminara

The children of Kypseli square, 2015, 11 ́

Dir.: Baharan Andishmand, Sonia Vlachou

The Ethos of City Plaza, 2016, 9 ́

Dir.: Konstantinos Tsaras, Yagmur Kocak, Leopold Helbich

Varvakeios, the stomach of Athens, 2016, 9 ́

Dir.: Neoklis Mantas, Maaike Van Nus, Sergio Romo-Herrero

Panellinion, 2017, 11 ́

Dir.: Ioanna Papadatou, Cécile Flipo, Nikki Geelen, Sophie Cowling


The discussion and the screenings will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, between 21:00 and 23:00 at the Garden of the Association of Greek Archaeologists (134-136 Ermou Str., Thission). The films have English subtitles and the discussion will be held in Greek. Entrance is free.