For the fifth year in a row, the School of English Department of American Literature of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki organized a Summer School that took place at the Faculty of Philosophy from June 28 to July 4, 2019. The Summer School is organized with the collaboration of the HELAAS (Hellenic Association for American Studies) and the Fulbright Foundation in Greece.
This year's topic tackled issues surrounding Health – Culture – Healing. The 2019 Summer School explored perceptions of physical and psychological wellbeing through an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to questions of health, fitness and activism, sickness, trauma, and healing. The Summer School examined the relationship between art, literature, and healing practices with socio-cultural attitudes toward illness and the body in pain. A group of 25 participants from Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, and the US participated in this year's edition.
For the occasion, Dr. Sarah Hentges was invited from Denmark as a Fulbright Intercountry Lecturer. Professor Hentges’ approach combined American Studies with Fitness/Well-being culture, Female fitness, and community healing.
28-29 June 2019
Healing through Nature and Traditional Folk Medicine
Sofia Emmanouilidou, Ph.D. (Special Teaching Staff, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Fulbright Alumna)
1-2 July 2019
The World as Hospital/The Stage as Hospital
Penelope Chatzidimitriou, Ph.D. (co-founder and director of the Ars Moriendi Theater Group; Lecturer in the international program of University of London)
3-4 July 2019
Mind/Body Fitness: Navigating Health and Wellness in Mainstream North American Culture
Sarah Hentges, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, University of Maine at Augusta, US; Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair of American studies, University of Southern Denmark).