Dance and Socio-Cybernetics: The Dance event of “K’na” As A Shaping Component of The Cultural Identity Amongst the Arvanites of Neo Cheimonio Evros, Greece


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  • Eleni Filippidou National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Maria Koutsouba National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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https://doi.org/10.29333/ejecs/342

Keywords:

Arvanites, "k'na" dance event, henna night, ethnic group, refugees,

Abstract

The research field of this paper is the wedding dance event of “K’na”, as this takes place by the Arvanites of Greek Thrace, an ethnic group moved to the area from Turkish Thrace in 1923. The aim of this paper is to investigate whether the three components of dance, music and song of Greek traditional dance, as these reflected in the “K’na” dance event amongst the Arvanites ethnic group of Neo Cheimonio (Evros), are related to issues of ethno-cultural identity under the lens of socio-cybernetics. Data was gathered through ethnographic method as this is applied to the study of dance, while its interpretation was based on socio-cybernetics according to Burke’s identity control theory. From the data analysis, it is showed that through the “K’na” dance event the Thracian Arvanites of Neo Cheimonio shape and reshape their ethno-cultural identity as a reaction to the input they receive from their environment. Therefore, the “construction” of their identity, as a constant process of self-regulation and internal control, is subjected to the conditions of a cybernetic process.

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Eleni Filippidou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Eleni Filippidou is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Athens with a scholarship from the Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation (IKY). She is Lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences and Techniques of the French College Idef-Universite Paris13 and professor in the Fire Fighter Academy of Greece. She is a graduate of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Athens and holds a Postgraduate and Doctoral Degree in Folklore-Anthropology of Dance at the same university.

Maria Koutsouba, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Maria Koutsouba is Professor of Greek Traditional Dance at the School of Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Athens and Counselor Professor in the field of open and distance education at the Hellenic Open University. Graduated from the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Athens, holds a MA in Dance Studies (University of Surrey) and a Ph.D. in Ethnochoreology (Goldsmiths College, University of London), with a scholarship from the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. She has also specialized in Laban notation system (Labanotation Institute, UK) and Open and Distance Education (Hellenic Open University).

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Filippidou, E., & Koutsouba, M. (2020). Dance and Socio-Cybernetics: The Dance event of “K’na” As A Shaping Component of The Cultural Identity Amongst the Arvanites of Neo Cheimonio Evros, Greece. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 7(2), 30–49. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejecs/342

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