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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.

2019 Greek History and Culture Seminars Program





1 7 Mar. Dr Andrew Connor Great and Marvellous Deeds: Herodotus and his world
2 13 Mar (Wed). Assoc Prof Hans-Lukas Kieser From Talaat Pasha’s to Atatürk’s Turkey
3 21 Mar. Facilitator: Prof Joy Damousi Feminism , Gender Equality and the Migrant Experience : One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?
4 28 Mar. Assoc Prof Nick Doumanis Nation, diaspora and Rhomiosyne: Rethinking the history of the modern Greeks
5 4 Apr. Melissa Afentoulis From Limnos to Australia: Migration and the meaning of home
6 11 Apr. Harry Constantinou From the riddle of the Sphinx to the riddles of the psyche - Sophoclean tragedy and psychoanalysis
7 16 Apr (Tue). Assoc Prof Panayiotis Pappas The Immigrec project: Building a virtual museum of the Greek-Canadian immigrant experience
Easter Break
8 2 May Dr Peter Ewer & Dina Gerolymou Pineios Gorge, 18 April 1941: The story of a battle, and a search for the fallen
7 May (Tue). Dr Ian Frazer Vasili - The Lion of Crete 75 years on - Revisiting the Dudley Perkins Story
9 9 May Dr Gillian Shepherd The Tomb of the Diver: Life, Death and Drinking in the Ancient Greek World
10 16 May Dean Kalimniou / Themistocles Kritikakos Pontian Genocide Memorial Lecture
11 23 May Dr Andonis Piperoglou Making Greek Australia: Rethinking history, ethnicity, and belonging
12 30 May Dr James Kane The Fourth Crusade and the Sacking of Constantinople
13 6 Jun. Assoc Professor David M. Pritchard The Archers of Classical Athens
13 Jun. Dean Kalimniou Great Ionia: The Chinese Connection
14 13 Jun. Prof Vrasidas Karalis

The speaker had to cancel due to a family matter - this event has been replaced with the above

Elias Kazan and the Diasporic Identity of a Greek-American film-maker

15 20 Jun. Themistoklis Papadopoulos A multi-cultural Epirus : populations, languages and education during the last years of the Ottoman Empire
16 27 Jun. Phil Kafcaloudes Going the Way of the Ancients
17 18 Jul. Dimitris Troaditis The emergence and promulgation of radical anarchist ideas in Greece between 1874 to 1940
18 25 Jul. Dr Stephie Nikoloudis Greek Folk Songs: The Bridge of Arta
19 1 Aug. Dr Maria Avgoulas Health Beliefs and Practices in Three Generations of Greek Australian Women in Melbourne
19 1 Aug. Dr Roslynne Bell Alexander in Art: the Legend and his Legacy
20 8 Aug. Prof Ian Worthington Athens Falls to Rome: Capturing the Conqueror
21 15 Aug. Nick Papaefthimiou ROZ NICOLAOU MEMORIAL SEMINAR: The maintenance of Greek cultural traditions and the teaching of folk dancing in the diaspora
22 22 Aug. Con Vaitsas The alleged Greek Social Security Conspiracy of 1978
23 29 Aug. Assoc Prof Andrekos Varnava Australia! Australia: The Voyage of the SS Corsica and its passengers from Cyprus to Australia in 1951-52
24 5 Sep. Dean Kalimniou Pushkin and the Greek Revolution
25 12 Sep. George Mouratidis Greeks and the Migrant Experience in the work of Jack Kerouac
26 19 Sep. Dr Konstandina Dounis Dimitris Tsaloumas Memorial Lecture.
Re-imagining Australia's Greek Diaspora: Greek-Australian literature's vital role as historical text
27  SUN. 22 Sep Prof Dimitris Christopoulos Τι γίνεται στη Θράκη: Δικαιώματα και μειονότητες | What's happening in Thrace: Rights and minorities
28  MON. 23 Sep. Dr Kostis Karpozilos Greek-American Workers and Radicals: a forgotten story
29 TUE. 24 Sep. Prof Dimitris Christopoulos Who is a Greek citizen? The status of the Greek Nationality from the creation of the Greek State to the down of the 21st century
30 WED. 25 Sep. Dr Kostis Karpozilos Σταύρος Καλλέργης: ένας σοσιαλιστής διαννοούμενος από την Κρήτη (1865-1926) | Stavros Kallergis, a socialist intellectual from Crete (1865-1926)
31 26 Sep. Dr Kostis Karpozilos and Prof Dimitris Christopoulos Closing Seminar: Human Rights in the Age of Inequality: xenophobia, exclusion and the myth of the strong leader
32 3 Oct. Simone Mary Karanicolas  Education Seminar: Engaging our youth in Modern Greek Education

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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