SNFPHI selected its second cohort of Greek public humanities projects in early 2021 upon the successful completion of the first cohort. Seven projects in the fields of history, creative arts, and education will receive financial and institutional support to bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for the Greek public. The projects are based throughout Greece—in Athens, Corfu, Xanthi, and Evros—and are undertaken by a shadow theater artist, an art collective, an experimental public high school, a university laboratory, two grassroot organizations working in the fields of theater, archaeology, and educational justice, and a social history archive. Their projects work with climate science, oral history, collective memory, ethnography, and material culture to produce podcasts, films, a digital newspaper, a shadow theater play, a large-scale urban game, and radio music broadcasts.
The Initiative supports the transformative work of a new generation of arts professionals and educators, and seeks to maximize their social impact throughout Greece and beyond by leveraging the reciprocal benefits that the University and public humanities practitioners offer one another. The University, through the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, will provide project members access both to world-class scholars and creative thinkers, and to expertise in areas such as digital humanities, oral history, curation, and community-based educational programming. It will also facilitate outreach efforts and networking with partners beyond Greece. In turn, project leaders will bring into the pedagogic and intellectual life of the University their knowledge of the contemporary Greek cultural landscape, innovative educational practices, and ground-up institution-building.