Lecture on contemporary cultural identity of the lebanese Greek Orthodox Community
by Dr Alyn Hine, Research Fellow, ISMC
June 12, 2013
Dr Hine spoke about the Greek Orthodox community in Lebanon which, as a minority in this country, finds its voice through a variety of cultural expressions, both sacred and secular, that reflect the variegated identity of the community as a whole. The paper asked three questions: to what extent can Greek Orthodox cultural identity be seen as coherent and unified given the nature of its community; how does its cultural identity assert itself in a pluralistic society and where do the limits of this lie; and what role do myth and memory play at a local level in consolidating Greek Orthodox cultural identity?
Dr Alyn Hine completed his PhD at SOAS on 'Naimy’s Dialogue with Russian Literature'. He is currently a Research Fellow at ISMC where he is undertaking research on the contemporary identity of the Orthodox Christian community in Lebanon. This project falls within ISMC's 2012-3 research theme of Understanding the Processes of Change in Muslim Societies and Cultures, focusing on 'Minorities in Muslim-majority Societies: Contributions, Challenges and Outlooks'.