We have inaugurated the first “Mountain Culture, History, and Sources” Summer School, which is taking place from July 5th to July 15th in the villages of Aristi and Asprangeloi, nestled in the Zagori region in Greece. This unique project aims to enrich the cultural heritage of mountain communities through two distinct sets of activities focused on research and outreach.
The research component of the summer school involves a team of seasoned historians, archaeologists, and other related disciplines who will dedicate their expertise to the meticulous archiving and interpretation of historical sources pertaining to the mountainous history of the Aristi community in Zagori, Greece.
Parallel to the research efforts, the summer school has planned a series of outreach events. These evening sessions will feature captivating talks, seminars, discussions, and a memorable concert, all designed to celebrate and explore the richness of “Mountain Culture.” The program includes thought-provoking lectures on subjects such as the art of dry-stone walling, transhumant pastoralism, and the sacred forests of Zagori, each of which has been officially recognized and included in the Greek National Inventory for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage. Additionally, participants can engage in discussions about the mountains’ prehistory led by Professor Paul Halstead, take part in a workshop on traditional polyphonic singing, and enjoy numerous other activities. Through these diverse activities, the organizers hope to provide novel perspectives to the attending researchers while simultaneously raising awareness among a broader audience about topics like cultural heritage management and historical memory.
The event is being hosted by a group of local stakeholders in collaboration with the Municipality of Zagori, while the scientific coordination and project management are overseen by Dr. Moudopoulos-Athanasiou.
Dr. Faidon Moudopoulos-Athanasiou is a postdoctoral fellow with the project Heritage under young forests: recording and interpreting the cultureal heritage underneath the afforested Zagori (NW Greece). Juan de la Cierva (FJC2021-047943-I), funded by the the Agencia Estatal de Investigación of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, the European Union-NextGenerationEU in the context of the Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia.