Posters as a Form of Political Discourse: Posters of the Communist Youth of Greece in the Dictatorship Era (1967–1974)

By Ifigenia Vamvakidou, Argyris Kyridis, Christina Tziamtzi, Christos Zagkos, Evagelia Kalerante and Eleni Gogou.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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The power of illegal political posters, as not merely symbolic weapons, but also as crucial medium of democratic resistance during the military junta in Greece is the central theme of that article. How important should be the symbolism of a poster, when posters are the only way for a massive political movement to communicate and express its ideas? This article does not analyse the “semiotics of power”, the images that the hegemonic classes use in order to force their ideology to the masses. On the other hand, this article focuses on the “semiotics of resistance” and thus it searches for the “hidden messages” of the illegal posters designed by the communist guerrillas during the seven years of dictatorship in Greece.

Keywords: Propaganda, Posters, Semiotics, Political Discourse

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.255-274. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 7.338MB).

Dr. Ifigenia Vamvakidou

As. Professor, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Ifigenia Vamvakidou has studied Modern History and Philosophy of History at the University of Salonica. She has obtained her Ph.D. in Modern History of Greece at the same University and attended Postgraduated Studies in Philosophy of History at the same University. She is currently a professor at the University of West Macedonia (Florina, Greece), where she teaches Modern History, Cultural Studies and History of Art and Education. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about intercultural teaching of history and History of Art. She is also the writer of three books in greek.

Prof Argyris Kyridis

Professor, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Argyris Kyridis has studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Athens. He has obtained his Ph.D in Political Sociology, Sociology of Education at the same University and an M.Sc. in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently a professor at University of Western Macedonia. He has published more than twenty books in Greek and more than 120 articles in greek and international scientific journals.

Christina Tziamtzi

University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Christina Tziamtzi was born in Kastoria, Greece. He studied at the Department of Prescool education of the University of Western Macedonia and she also holds a MA in Cultural Sudies from the same University. She currently is a postgraduate student of Educational Policy in the University of Western Macedonia.

Christos Zagkos

Researcher, Pedagogical School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Christos Zagkos was born in Patras, Greece. He studied Balkan Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he obtained his P.h.D thesis at the University of Western Macedonia in the field of Political Sociology. He also holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and International Law from the University of Lancaster, U.K. He has published more than twenty papers in Greek, European and American scientific journals. He currently works as a researcher in the University of Western Macedonia and in the Centre of Educational Policy Development(KANEP-GSEE).

Evagelia Kalerante

University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Evagelia Kalerante was born in Athens in 1962. She has received two first degrees, one in Education and the other in Political Studies. She has also done a master course in the History of education. She holds a Phd in Educational Policy and she currently is a lecturer of Educational Policy in the University of Western Macedonia.

Eleni Gogou

University of Westen Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece