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.

2018 Greek History and Culture Seminars Program





 1 8 Mar. Professor Vrasidas Karalis Hellenism or Helladism
 2 15 Mar. Dr Katerina Bregianni Political Power and Social Hierarchies in the Ionian State (1814-1864)
 3 22 Mar. Dr Andrew Connor Being Greek in Roman Egypt
Easter Break
 4 12 Apr. Kosmos Samaras Working class Greeks: Victorian Social Democrats' praetorian guard 1960-2010
 5 19 Apr. Professor Peter Monteath Australians on 'Special Operations' in Wartime Crete
 6 26 Apr. Dr Demeter Tsounis Revisiting Rebetika Roots
 7 3 May Dr Banu Senay The Rise of Diyanet: the Politicization of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs
 8 10 May Professor Marianna Sigala Synergizing wine and tourism: converting wine drinkers to Greek tourism ambassadors
9 16 May Dean Kalimniou Identity Shifters: the Crypto-Christians of Pontus and the Genocide
 10 17 May Facilitator Prof Joy Damousi Panel Discussion: War, personal stories and the landscape of memory: Forgotten narratives of war
 11 24 May Leonard Janiszewski Effy Alexakis, Documentary Photographer: In Her Own Image
 12 31 May Stephanie Jacobs Milk and Honey: The Hidden Stories of Friendship Between Greek and Turkish Cypriots
 13 7 Jun. Assoc Prof Chris Houston De-Ottomanization of Istanbul after 1923: Istanbul Minorities and the Turkification of the City.
 14 14 Jun. Dr Kate McLardy Women’s Festivals in the Hellenistic Period: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Thesmophoria and the Adonia
 15 21 Jun. Dr Erma Vassiliou Language change in 14th century Greek: examples from the Chronicle of the Morea
 16 28 Jun. Dr Anna Efstathiadou Greek Popular Icons during the Greek-Italian War (1940-41): depictions of national identity under the Metaxist regime
 Winter Break
 17 19 Jul. Dean Kalimniou Byzantium and the Emergence of Muslim-Turkish Anatolia
18 26 Jul. Dr Panayiotis Diamadis The Legacy of the Treaty of Laussane
19 2 Aug. Dr Maria-Irini Avgoulas Health Beliefs and Practices in Three Generations of Greek Australian Women in Melbourne
 20 9 Aug. Dr George Vassilacopoulos The Greek-Australian Unemployed Movement in the 1950s and the Construction of the Migrants’ Rights Discourse
 21 16 Aug. Steve Kyritsis Greek-Australians in the Australian Forces: Kokoda Track-New Guinea WWII
 22 23 Aug. Dr Anthony Dracopoulos Nikos Karouzos and the question of being
 23 30 Aug. Elizabeth Gertsakis The Uses of Photography in Northern Greece and the Southern Balkans (1903-1918)
 24 6 Sep. Dr Nick Dallas The Events of Tashkent: Red Brotherhood at War
 25 13 Sep. Maria Stavrinos The Writing on the Facebook Wall: A cross-cultural comparison between Australian, Greek and Australian-Greek Facebook users
 26 20 Sep. Professor Michael Tsianikas Dimitris Tsaloumas Memorial Lecture - Antigone Kefala
 27 27 Sep. TBA Closing Lecture

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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