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.

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.


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2022 Greek History and Culture Seminars Program

# Date Speaker Topic
2022 GCM Public Seminars Program
1 3 Mar. Prof Tim Parkin Ageing well in antiquity: ancient Greek and Roman views on growing old gracefully
2 10 Mar. Prof Vrasidas Karalis

Mikis Theodorakis and the Nature of Greek Music: Some Reflections

3 17 Mar. Facilitators: Prof Joy Damousi & Dina Gerolymou Sexism, Misogyny and the Migrant Woman
7 24 Mar. Δρ. Μαρία Μπουγιέση Ελληνικός παραδοσιακός χορός, μια εναλλακτική μορφή άσκησης και αστείρευτη πηγή πλούτου
Dr Maria Bougiesi Greek traditional dance, an alternative form of exercise and an inexhaustible source of well-being
5 31 Mar. Herbert Ploegman Art and Gentrification in Athens
6 7 Apr. Prof Paul Cartledge Ancient Sparta: Myths versus Reality
4 14 Apr. Prof Alexander Kitroeff The Greek Orthodox Church of America
21 Apr - Easter Break
8 28 Apr. Prof Tom Papademetriou The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Ottomans
9 5 May Geoffrey Conaghan ENTWINED: Trade, politics and geography, the textiles of Kastellorizo’s unique women’s costume
10 12 May Dr Dimitris Kamouzis Constantinople and the Megali Idea: From unification with Mother Greece to the creation of an Ionian State (ca. 1918-1922)
11 19 May Dean Kalimniou Pontian Genocide Memorial Seminar
12 26 May Prof Peter Monteath The Battle of 42nd Street
13 2 Jun. Assoc Prof Sakis Gekas The Greek financial crisis 2009-2018; a historical perspective
14 9 Jun. Dr Pinar Cakiroglou Industrialisation and Modernity in Ottoman Macedonia
15 16 Jun. Assistant Prof Stefanos Katsikas Proselytes of a New Nation: Muslim Conversions to Orthodox Christianity in Modern Greece, 1821-1862
16 23 Jun. Dr Yiannis Spyropoulos The Janissaries of Crete, 1669-1826
17 30 Jun. Ευαγγελία Αχλάδη Καραμανλίδικη Γραμματεία: Εκδότες και Κοινό
Evangelia Achladi The Literature of the Karamanlides - Publishers and Readership
18 7 Jul. Dr Angeliki Angeloudi The Greeks of Cairns 

14 Jul.

Prof Christine Philliou The World Between 1821 and 1922
20 21 Jul. Christopher King The Past, Present and Future of Mirologia in Epirus?
28 July - Winter Break 
21 4 Aug. Dr Stelios Michalopoulos Greek Refugees: The Socioeconomic Consequences of the 1923 Population Exchange
22 11 Aug. Dr Erma Vassiliou Cappadocian Greek- Keeping a language alive
23 18 Aug. Dean Kalimniou Negotiating Identity: Greek and Armenian Aspirations for a Ponto-Armenian Federation
24 25 Aug. Dr Konstandina Dounis Australian writers in Greece, Greek writers in Australia, and their relationship to landscape and ritual
25 1 Sep. Dr Andonis Piperoglou "My kids are still called dagoes": historical responses to an irksome racial slur.
26 8 Sep. Dr Eleni Kyramargiou Refugees of the 1923 population exchange in Greece: Efforts for integration and assimilation
27 15 Sep. Jena Woodhouse Dimitris Tsaloumas Memorial Lecture
28 22 Sep. Dr Nick Trakakis Tasos Leivaditis: Poet of Revolutions and Sunsets
29 29 Sep. Dr Georgios Niarchos Tamrash Rebellion (1878-1886) - Attempts at Pomak Autonomy
30 6 Oct. Καθ. Γιώργος Αναγνώστου Ελληνοαμερικανική Κοινωνία: Νέες Τάσεις και Ερευνητικές Προκλήσεις
Prof Yiorgos Anagnostou New Trends and Research Challenges
31 13 Oct. Prof Mark Mazower The Catastrofi and the Age of Oral Testimony

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