Presenter: Professor Joy Damousi
In this talk Professor Damousi will consider the place of war memories in families of Greek migrants after 1945.
It considers also the passing of war stories to the second generation and how these stories have been remembered and forgotten.
Joy Damousi is Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are in the field of Australian cultural history. She has written on sport and popular culture, the impact of the two World Wars, women's history, post-war migration, the history of oratory and speech, and on the history of psychoanalysis. Her publications include Footy Passions, (co-written with John Cash, UNSW Press 2009); Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW 2006; Winner of the Ernest Scott Prize 2006); Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940 (Cambridge 2010; Shortlisted for the NSW Premiers History Prize 2011).
Currently, she is working on Greek War Stories, an examination of the place of war stories in the memories of Greek immigrants to Australia after 1945. She is also undertaking a project on sport and migrants, examining the role of sport as a force of exclusion and inclusion in Australian society, post 1945.
In October 1916, the Ithacan migrants of Melbourne established the ITHACAN PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY "The Ulysses", with an inaugural membership of some 153 members. This was in response to pleas for aid from their loved ones in Ithaca who were suffering deprivation during the First World War.
Over the years, however, the Society has been much more than just a philanthropic institution. It has been a constant in the lives of the early Ithacan migrants replacing the homeland which they had left.
The Society takes an active role in the cultural, social, educational and quality of life interests of the Ithacan Community. The Society, as part of its philanthropic role, also makes many monetary contributions to worthy causes, including those outside the immediate Ithacan community. The Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006.