The Revitalization Of Local Culture Through Community Learning

Dr. Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis,
Julian Silverman
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On the Greek island of Rhodes, as in other parts of Greece, the practice of community singing performs a number of specific social functions. In the village of Asklipiion, some of these songs remain as important parts of community life. There are various types of songs, including epic tales, memorised and transmitted from generation to generation and improvised singing based on rhymed couplets set to specific music depending upon the event, as well as the religious chanting that takes place in the community’s thirteenth century church. This paper focuses on how the skills of epic and improvised singing represent a learning process that is a means of maintaining cultural continuity, local community and individual identity. The process of revitalization and maintenance of local culture is described through activities that have take place as a part of community learning.

Keywords: Local culture, Revitalization of Local Culture, Maintenance of Local Culture, Community singing, Community learning
Stream: Sociology and Geography, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities, Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis

Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean

Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis received her Ph.D. from the Department of Primary Education, University of the Aegean. The topic of her Ph.D. was “DiaLogos: bilingualism and second language learning on the Internet”. She received a M.Ed. from the University of Wales, Swansea and a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from Youngstown State University, U.S.A. She is an Adjunct lecturer at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies, where she teaches courses related to language learning and new technologies. She also teaches a Masters course dealing with language learning and new technologies at the Department of Primary Education, University of the Aegean. She is the coordinator of a web site for the teaching/learning of Greek as a second language.

Julian Silverman

New Business Manager, School International and Community Studies, RMIT University

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