Soloúp’s 'Aïvali': A Graphic Novel About Greeks and Turks in 1922

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Drawing of a bird flying above a city from cover of Soloup's Aivali: A Graphic Novel about Greeks and Turks in 1922
Athens-based comics artist Soloúp and translator Tom Papademetriou discuss the graphic novel “Aïvali (Ἀϊβαλί),” which illustrates life in a quaint city on the Aegean coast during the late Ottoman empire. This graphic novel covers events of life prior to the Greek-Turkish War (1919), the humanitarian disaster surrounding 1922, the population exchange of the Treaty of Lausanne and the resettlement by Muslims from Crete. “Aïvali” brings together the disciplines of history, literature and art, and presents a human story of violent displacement, war, nationalism, racism, homeland, brotherhood, coexistence and tolerance. This work emerges from Soloúp’s personal encounters and family memories, and literary landscapes of notable authors. Reception and book signing to follow in Humanities 577. Free.
Humanities Building, Room 587
Center for Greek Studies
Center for Greek Studies
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Soloúp (Antonis Nikolopoulos) is a well-known prize-winning political cartoonist, who collaborates with newspapers and magazines in Greece. He studied political science at Panteion University and earned a doctorate in cultural technology and communication at University of the Aegean. He has published 13 books with comics and cartoons, as well as his doctoral thesis on the history of comics in Greece. His first graphic novel, Aïvali, won awards at the 2015 Athens Comicdom, has been translated into French, Turkish and English and is the subject of a traveling exposition hosted by the Benaki Museum.

Tom Papademetriou

Tom Papademetriou is the Constantine and Georgiean Georgiou Endowed Professor of Greek History and director of the Dean C. and Zoë S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at Stockton University. He Papademetriou earned his doctorate in Ottoman history from Princeton University in 2001. His research focuses on the history of non-Muslims under Ottoman rule, especially the relations of the Greek Orthodox Church and state in the early Ottoman centuries, which is the subject of his book, “Render Unto the Sultan” (Oxford University Press, 2015). Papademetriou has won research fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the American Research Institute in Turkey and Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center at Harvard University. Most recently he was appointed Edwin C. and Elizabeth A. Whitehead Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.