The Greek Community of Melbourne's popular seminar series have returned to the Greek centre following the disruptions on the pandemic and the need to go online for many educational and community activities; nonetheless GCM’s weekly seminar series continued uninterrupted.
Attempts to return to live or even hybrid presentations at the Community’s mezzanine level were thwarted as lockdowns reappeared but also an unpreparedness by people to return to the CBD as the pandemic raged.
The program was mostly delivered online with an array of local but mostly international speakers. The themes were quite diverse, but a significant emphasis was placed on topics relating to the 1821 War of Independence bicentenary.
The 2022 seminar series promises to be bigger than ever. It will feature a large international cast but also strongly complemented with locally-based speakers. As we approach the centenary of Asia-Minor events, there’ll be numerous seminars exploring issues associated this tumultuous period. Music will also feature strongly, where Professor Karalis will reflect upon the late composer Mikis Theodorakis, and Christopher King will examine the ‘mirologia’ (laments) of Epirus.
Expect a strong North American-based contingent in next year’s program from Berkeley’s Christine Philliou, to Ohio State University Giorgios Anagnostou, Athanasios Gekas from York University’s (Canada) and University of Chicago’s Stefanos Katsikas.
The program will finish of with Columbia University’s Mark Mazower, a British historian who has written extensively on Greek and Balkan history. For further information or sponsorship enquiries simply contact the GCM on [email protected]
The first seminar begins on Thursday 3rd March 7pm, with Professor Tim Parkin from the University of Melbourne. 2022 program details below.