The sixth Biennial Conference of Greek Studies held at Flinders University from 23 to 26 June 2005 marked an important step forward: it became an international conference, thus attracting a considerable number of specialists from Europe as well as academics and post-graduate students from Australia. Fifty-five papers were published in these Proceedings after being assessed as significant contributions to knowledge by scholars of international repute.
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(Department of Languages - Modern Greek, 2007) Dounis, Konstandina
"The House with the Eucalypts", first published in 1975, constitutes a collection of poems in Greek by Dimitris Tsaloumas. In a bid to transmit these poems to a wider, always appreciative English speaking readership of this writer’s creative output, and as a means of extending the parameters of the Tsaloumas canon, Dounis decided to translate them into English. Though a daunting task, the process also proved singularly productive in that it afforded a profound level of affinity with each word, nuance and silence within a framework of biculturalism and bilingualism. The island of Leros is the unifying image that binds the threads of the collection together. Sight, smell and touch all revolve around metaphors radiating the specificity of that particular spot that the poet perceived as his particular home (land) — his topos: a place that belongs to him and that he belongs to in terms of primordial birthright. Although the atmosphere is that of journeying back through the mists of time, Tsaloumas’ evocation is neither nostalgic nor romantic, but very lucid in its portrayal of island life in the 1940s. Memory reaches an apotheosis of form in this collection, fortified by the desire to attain a mosaic of antithetical facets as encompassed within physical and metaphorical boundaries.