Homeland‒diaspora relations in flux

Thanasis Gavos   Friday, 22 - Saturday, 23 June 2010
diaspora, Oxford, SEESOX

Homelanddiaspora relations in flux
Greece and Greeks abroad at times of crisis

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The Greek Diaspora Project at SEESOX is organizing a conference “Homeland-Diaspora Relations in Flux: Greece and Greeks abroad at times of Crisis” on June 22-23, 2018 at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Greece’s long drawn out economic crisis is by now an indisputably pivotal event in the country’s history and as such, it cannot but redefine the nature and role of Greece’s diaspora.

The modern Greek state was constructed by and for a trans-territorial national community and since its establishment the proclaimed aim of its diaspora policy has been the strengthening of ties between the Greek ‘national centre’ and Greeks abroad.

The latter have historically demonstrated high levels of homeland orientation and have had a major input in Greece’s evolution in economic, political, social and cultural terms.

But how is the interrelationship between Greece and its diasporic communities shaping up in the current context and conjunction of the crisis?

To what extent are Greeks abroad willing and able to contribute to the crisis resolution and, more importantly, to Greece’s long term transformation?

Aiming to answer these questions the conference will explore the impact of Greek diaspora communities on the trajectory of their homeland through interactions in the domains of the economy, politics, philanthropy and in the sociocultural field.

Nissan Lecture Theatre
St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Convenors: Othon Anastasakis, Foteini Kalantzi and Manolis Pratsinakis



Friday 22 June

08:30-9:00      Registration

09:00-11:00      Session 1 – The greek diaspora project at SEESOX

  • Political elites and diaspora politics in post-2009 Greece – Othon Anastasakis (SEESOX, University of Oxford) and Foteini Kalantzi (SEESOX, University of Oxford)
  • Assessing the recent resurgence of emigration from Greece – Manolis Pratsinakis (SEESOX, University of Oxford)
  • Diaspora Philanthropy: Opportunities and Constraints – Antonis Kamaras (SEESOX, University of Oxford)
  • The Greek diaspora in a comparative perspective: conceptual and theoretical framework- Irina Laphsyna (SEESOX, University of Oxford)
  • Studying the Greek diaspora in Oxford – Renee Hirschon (SEESOX, University of Oxford)

Chair: Kalypso Nicolaidis (SEESOX, University of Oxford)

11:00– 11:30      coffee break (Served in the lobby of the Hilda Besse Building)

11:30-13:00       Session 2 – Diasporic identities and constructions of Greekness

  • Greek transnational citizenship – Yiorgos Anagnostou (The Ohio State University)
  • The ‘unbearable’ legacy of Greekness: Destabilising Greek and migrant youth categories – Anastasia Christou (Middlesex University)
  • Castellorizo and its diaspora in Australia: Traumatic memories and divergent identities – Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Chair: Dace Dzenovska (COMPAS, University of Oxford)

13:00 – 14:00   Break for lunch

14:00-15:30      Session 3- Diasporic institutions and the third sector

  • Failed institution: The World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) since 2008 – Marina Frangos (University of the Aegean)
  • Diaspora philanthropy and volunteerism as a contestable process: Tracing the connections and disconnections between diaspora and homeland – Antonis Kamaras (SEESOX, University of Oxford) and Marilena Anastasopoulou (SEESOX, University of Oxford)
  • Teaching Modern Greek within the community framework in France from 1971 to 2017. Social, cultural, economic interactions and future perspectives: from the Marseilles case to a general overview – Ioanna Mousikoudis (University of Aix- Marseille)

Chair: Effie Voutira (University of Macedonia)

15:30-17:00      Session 4 – Diaspora and Church

  • The Ecumenical Patriarchate as a diaspora actor: Between the end of the Cold War and the Greek economic crisis – Ioannis N. Grigoriadis (Bilkent University)
  • Political advocacy along ethnic and national lines: the case of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America Athanasios Grammenos (University of Macedonia)
  • The Greek American church, the community & Greece: The state of play in the early 21st century – Alexander Kitroeff (Haverford College)
  • Intra-European mobility, emigration, and new dynamics within Greek-Orthodox Religioscapes – Georgios E. Trantas (Aston University)

Chair: Renee Hirschon (SEESOX, University of Oxford)

17:00 – 17:30    Coffee break (Served in the lobby of the Hilda Besse Building)

17:30- 18:30     Session 5 – New media and the Greek diaspora

  • From diasporic communities to transnational networks of practice: Social media use transforming the experience of place and diaspora – Ioanna Doutsou (Athena Research and Innovation Center)
  • “It’s all Greek to me”: The impact of mass media on contested immigrant identity – George Topalidis (University of Florida)

Chair: Lamprini Rori (Exeter University)

18:30-19:00      “New Diaspora: the collective narrative of a borderless nation” – including a 10 minute documentary film (world premiere) – Nikos Stampoulopoulos (Founder and Creative Director, New Diaspora)



Saturday 23 June

9:30 – 11:00     Session 6– Diaspora and economy

  • From popular markets, to Russian products stores, to “big business”: Economies and ethics inside Pontic Greek communities of Thessaloniki after the Soviet experience Dimitris Kataiftsis (University Paris IV-Sorbonne) and Anastasios Grigorakis (University of Macedonia)
  • The new Greek emigration and the remittances sending patterns in the crisis period – Aymeric Faure (London School of Economics)
  • “Migrants mean remittances!” Perhaps not anymore! – Sokratis Koniordos (University of Crete)
  • Pensions and the Greek diaspora: International portability as a lifecycle bridge – Platon Tinios (Piraeus University)

Chair: David Madden (SEESOX, University of Oxford)

11:00 -11:30       coffee break (Served in the lobby of the Hilda Besse Building)

11:30-13:00       Session 7 – New diaspora and brain-drain

  • Student migration from Greece to the UK: Understanding aspirations and decision-making- Vasiliki Toumanidou (University of Leeds)
  • Measures and policies intended to reduce the Greek brain drain – Anthi Koskina (College IdEF / Université Paris XIII)
  • Greek diaspora interactions between Gastarbeiter and ‘neo-immigrants’ in Germany – Eleni Tseligka (Staffordshire University)

Chair: Franck Duvell (COMPAS, University of Oxford)

13:00-14:00     Break for lunch

14:00-15:30      Session 8 – Diaspora engagement

  • The Greek diaspora in Australia: Decoupling identity and obligation towards the homeland – Elizabeth Mavroudi (Loughborough University)
  • Engaging the Greek-Australian diaspora: The potential to advance Greece’s relations with the Asia-Pacific region – Andonis Piperoglou (Australian Catholic University)
  • Greek diaspora in Poland: Public relations of the economy – Olimpia Dragouni (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Surveying the Greek Diaspora in the UK – Anastasia Kafe and Manolis Pratsinakis (SEESOX, University of Oxford)

Chair: Katerina Lagos (California State University, Sacramento)

15:30-17:00      Diaspora initiatives: what is to be done?

Nikolaos Theodorakis (BrainGain), Effi Kyrtata (Reload), Nikos Stampoulopoulos (New Diaspora), Manolis Pratsinakis & Kalypso Nicolaidis (SEESOX, University of Oxford)

Chair: Othon Anastasakis (SEESOX, University of Oxford)



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