Athens 2015: people

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As part of our Winter seminar in 2015, we were also brought in touch—through one of our IASR fellows, Anna Rastas—with ANASA, African Cultural Center in Athens, Greece.


Over at ANASA, we had a chance to gain first-person perspectives into the life of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants in Greece, with the interchange brought to its full fruition by an intercultural experiment in collective drumming.


The reception and discussions were chaired by Natasa Chanta-Martin and Michael Afolayan, the latter of whom gave excellent teaching in African drumming as well!

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As for the other activities during the winter seminar trip, we found an unlikely favorite restaurant for our daily meals—a very reasonably priced Skoumbri, where we went twice.

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Thanks to Risto Heiskala (on the left), IASR’s present director, and Maiju (on the right), for organizing everything!

In addition to Risto, the picture on the left shows also the two other
permanent fellows, Jorma Sipilä (who founded the Institute when he was the
Rector of the University of Tampere, although the Institute was organized
differently at the time—and the present IASR was known as UTACAS) and Pertti Alasuutari (the first director of the UTACAS).

[Photos by Pirjo Nikander and Jarkko Bamberg]