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Open Seminar: Pontian Genocide Memorial Lecture (in two parts)
Open Seminar: Pontian Genocide Memorial Lecture (in two parts)
16.05.2019 19.00 h
Greek Centre Melbourne (Mezzanine) - Melbourne


PART 1: Trapezon and the International Gothic: Pontus In Crisis.

Although Pontus is usually viewed as an isolated geographical and cultural entity in Greek historiography, it was well integrated within the international networks of its day. This lecture analyses contemporary western art to view Pontus on the precipice of catastrophe and parallels it to western responses to conflicts in the Middle East today.

Bio for part 1

Dean Kalimniou is a well-known poet and short story writer within the Greek community. As a journalist he is popular within the Greek community of Australia through his column in the Melbourne Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos, entitled Diatribe, which has been running since 2001. He has published six poetry collections and has also translated numerous works of prominent Greek-Australian authors from Greek into English. In November 2007, Dean Kalimniou was awarded a Government of Victoria Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs.

PART 2: Memory and Cooperation: Greek genocide recognition efforts in Australia.

Synopsis for part 2: This seminar will capture a unique period in the early 21st century in Australia when Greek, Assyrian and Armenian communities co-operated in a bid to attain genocide recognition. The lesser-known genocide narratives of Greeks, a case of historical amnesia, have been traditionally overlooked by scholars and gained little to no political recognition. However there has recently been a historical reappraisal of the Greek experience by understanding it in the context of the Armenian and Assyrian genocides in the final years of the Ottoman Empire (1914-1923). Themistokles will contend that differences inform genocide recognition campaigns when victim groups attempt to share memories thereby entangling ethnically distinct narratives with cosmopolitan memory.

Bio for part 2: Themistocles Kritikakos is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Joy Damousi. His thesis focuses on memory and co-operation by analysing the genocide recognition efforts of Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians living in Australia. He has previously completed a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Themistocles has published in the Greek-Australian press and presented his research at academic conferences and commemorative events. He has also contributed to the Greek community by formerly serving as President of the Melbourne University Greek Association for two years.


We thank the following donor for making this seminar possible: Roma Siachos in memory of Olga Siranidou.

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