The "Greek History and Culture Seminars" are organised and hosted by The Greek Community of Melbourne and provide the opportunity for everyone to experience the long and fascinating history of Greece and Greek culture in its various forms and stages, aspects of which have formed the foundation of Western civilisation.

This year all our seminars are free and open to the general public, and unless otherwise noted presented in English.

Most seminars take place on Thursdays at Greek Centre, Mezzanine Floor, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

All seminars are scheduled to start at 7:00pm. For details relating to each seminar please see the website calendar close to the day of the event.


Enrol to our seminars for free and be kept up to date with details of each Seminar and all events of the Greek Community.

2020 Greek History and Culture Seminars Program





1 5 Mar. Prof Tim Parkin The Briefest of Wonders: the Colossus of Rhodes
2 12 Mar. Dr Panayota Nazou Promised Brides: experiences and testimonies of Greek women in Australia (1950-1975)
3 16 Mar. Dr Antonios  Meimaris A Brief History of Randomness: From divination and gambling to modern Probability Theory & Statistics.
4 19 Mar. Facilitators: Prof Joy Damousi & Dina Gerolymou Growing Up Greek: Intergenerational Dialogues
5* 26 Mar. Geoffrey Conaghan ENTWINED: Trade, politics and geography, the textiles of Kastellorizo’s unique women’s costume
6* 2 Apr. Prof Christopher Mackie Troy, Gallipoli and the Dardanelles
Easter Break
7 23 Apr. Prof Peter Monteath Battle on 42nd Street: War in Crete and the Anzacs’ Bloody Last Stand
 8 30 Apr. Professor Margaret Cameron Practicing toward virtue, or, why it shouldn’t hurt to be good
9 7 May Dr Anthony Mariani Exploring the Mediterranean Diet
10 14 May Dean Kalimniou Pontian Genocide Memorial Seminar
11 21 May Barbara Cullen Battle of Crete veterans that played AFL
12 28 May Dr Gillian Shepherd The Tomb of the Diver: Life, Death and Drinking in the Ancient Greek World
13 4 Jun. Johnny Karanicolas Art and Crisis on the Streets of Athens
11 Jun. Prof Vrasidas Karalis Elia Kazan and the Diasporic identity of a Greek American film maker
15 18 Jun. Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis The Golden Greeks: The Hellenic Presence during the Australian Gold Rushes, 1850s–1890s
16 25 Jun. Yianni Cartledge The Chios Massacre (1822) and British Humanitarianism
17 2 Jul. Markos Carelos The Treaty of Lausanne
18 23 Jul. Dr Sebastiana Nevergna Performing Greek Tragedy around the Mediterranean
19 30 Jul. Kathryn Gauci Threads of Life: Greek Textiles through the Centuries
20 6 Aug. Prof Joy Damousi & Prof Sheila Fitzpatrick Cold War Immigrants: Left, Right and the Orthodox Church
21 13 Aug. Michael Brady Chandris: By sea to Australia
22 20 Aug. Dean Kalimniou The Greek Revolution in Lebanon
23 27 Aug. Michael Alexandratos Twice a stranger: revisiting the legacy of queer refugee singer Kostas Nouros
24 3 Sep. John Farmer A comparative study of the Greek political system with respect to other global political systems
25 10 Sep. George Mouratidis Greeks and the Migrant Experience in the work of Jack Kerouac
26 17 Sep. Prof Nikos Papastergiadis Dimitris Tsaloumas Memorial Lecture
27 24 Sep. TBC Closing Seminar

* Change of Venue to: Ithacan Philanthropic Society,  329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Opportunity for donations/sponsorships: Donate or sponsor one or more seminars and (optionally) let your name or brand be known as a patron of culture to our members, visitors and followers, as well as the broader artistic and cultural community of Melbourne. Individual, Corporate/Organisations and Naming Rights are available. If you find the seminars of value please consider contributing to help us keep the seminars free and open to the public.

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