During the final week of September, the Greek History and Culture Public Seminar Series organized by the Greek Community of Melbourne, will be hosting two prominent Greek academics, political scientists and public intellectuals. They will spend a week in Melbourne as part of a two week Australia tour, which will also include visits to Canberra and Sydney.
Apart from giving talks on a wide range of topics, their visit will also include discussions and meetings with Greek-Australian academics and researchers at several Australian universities. They are also keen to gain a greater understanding of the state of affairs of our indigenous peoples and the Greek diaspora in Australia.
Athens-based lecturer, writer and activist, Professor Dimitris Christopoulos, has been teaching at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University since 2010. He chaired the board of the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the biggest and oldest Greek human rights association, for eight years (2003-2011). In 2016 he was elected President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), after having served as its Vice-President since 2013. He has taught as a visiting professor in various universities in Europe and the US. His publications have been in the fields of human rights, migration, minorities and citizenship.
Yiannina-born Kostis Karpozilos is a historian and currently the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI). He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Princeton University and the University of Oxford, He has written extensively on the Greek crisis, the European Left and the limits of political imagination in the post-1989 world. His publications include books on the Cretan socialist intellectual Stavros Kallergis (2013), and of Red America: Greek Immigrants and the Quest for a New World, 1900-1950.
The two academics have also co-authored the book, 10+1 questions and answers on the Macedonian Question, in their scholarly collaboration. The are scheduled to delivered five seminars in Melbourne between 22nd to 26th September, three in English and two in Greek. Topics will include the minority situation in Thrace, the political thought of the Stavros Kallergis, Greek-American Radicals, the status of Greek Nationality and Human Rights in the Age of Inequality.