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Greek Migration to Tanganyika and Southern Rhodesia

with Fotis Papadopoulos

  • When: – 9:00 pm
  • Where: Online (YouTubeFacebook)
  • Entry: Free

Event Details

What is the position of the Greek migrants in a colonial society such as that of Southern Rhodesia and Tanganyika? Greeks were largely considered Europeans in the 20th century, but they did not have a cultural or political background as colonists in the sense of direct control of territories. On the contrary, in the case of the Greek-speaking populations of the Ionian Islands, Cyprus and the Dodecanese, we can find them as colonized people by the British and the Italians, respectively.

This aspect, combined with the negative views of the British colonists regarding Greeks as settlers, suggests the existence of an instability of whiteness and the ambivalent placement of Greeks within colonialism in Africa. Most of the time, whiteness was situational, depending on Greeks’ local relations with European settlers and other immigrant communities such as Indians as well as indigenous people. Moreover, their class and economic activities defined how the colonial state saw Greek migrants as settlers.

About Fotis Papadopoulos

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Fotis Papadopoulos is PhD candidate in the History and Civilization Department of the European University Institute in Florence with thesis title ‘Greek immigrant communities in Southern Rhodesia and Tanganyika: The instability of whiteness and the ambivalent placement of Greek migrants in colonialism, 1890s-1960’.

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About Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024

This event belongs to the series, Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024.

The Greek Community of Melbourne hosts a wide range of events, from intimate gatherings to large functions, and celebrates cultural diversity with vibrant festivals, performances, and exhibitions.

SERIES DATES: Thursday, 07/03/2024 – Thursday, 26/09/2024

See all Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024 published events.

  • LANGUAGE English
  • CATEGORY Education
  • EVENT SERIES Seminars > Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024
  • SERIES DATES Thursday, 07/03/2024 – Thursday, 26/09/2024
  • PRESENTED BY The Greek Community of Melbourne
  • FEATURING Fotis Papadopoulos
  • M.C. Nick Dallas
  • MAJOR DONORS Delphi Accounting, Symposiarch Wines and the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria
  • MINOR DONORS John Sachinidis
  • PLACE Online (YouTubeFacebook)