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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.

2021 Greek History and Culture Seminars Program

# Date Speaker Topic
NUGAS-GCM Crash Course on 1821
A 18 Feb. Yianni Cartledge Greek War of Independence (1821-1832): Between history and 'mythistory' Part 1
B 25 Feb. Yianni Cartledge Greek War of Independence (1821-1832): Between history and 'mythistory' Part 2
2021 GCM Public Seminars Program
1 4 Mar. Prof Vrasidas Karalis Did the Greek Revolution of 1821 really happen? Myths, counter-myths and historical knowledge.
2 11 Mar. Δρ Ελευθερία Ζέη Μαντώ Μαυρογένους: ανάμεσα σε δύο κόσμους
Dr Eleftheria Zei Manto Mavrogenous: Between Two Worlds
3 18 Mar. Facilitator: Prof Joy Damousi Growing Up Greek: Intergenerational Dialogues
4 25 Mar. Prof Alexander Kitroeff Greece's 1821 as an International Event: its Impact on America
5 1 Apr. Prof Paschalis Kitromilides Visions of Freedom in the Greek world
6 8 Apr. Prof P.A. Cartledge Thebes: The Forgotten city of Ancient Greece
7 15 Apr. Prof Thanos Veremis 1821 Birth of a Nation State
8 22 Apr. Prof Margaret Cameron Practicing toward virtue, or, why it shouldn’t hurt to be good
9 6 May Barabara Cullen Battle of Crete veterans that played AFL
10 13 May Dean Kalimniou Pontian Genocide Memorial Seminar
11 20 May Dr Leonidas Moiras Ottoman Perceptions of the Greek Revolution
12 27 May Dr Gillian Shepherd The Tomb of the Diver: Life, Death and Drinking in the Ancient Greek World
13 3 Jun. Alexander Billinis Hydra and the Flame of the Revolution
14 10 Jun. Professor Michael Herzfeld The 1821 Revolution and Greek Village Life Today
15 17 Jun. Δρ Σωκράτης Πετμεζάς Οι «κοτζαμπάσηδες» και ο ρόλος τους στη φορολογική και πολιτική λειτουργία των χριστιανικών κοινοτητων στην ύστερη Οθωμανική περίοδο
Dr Socrates Petmezas The communal notables (kodjabashis) and their fiscal and political functions and role in the Christian communities in the Late Ottoman Empire
16 24 Jun. Assoc Prof Andrekos Varnava Cyprus and 1821: Myths, Realities, Forgetting and Remembering
17 1 Jul. Assoc Prof Nicholas Doumanis Battle of Navarino
18 8 Jul. Dr Anna Vlachopoulou Who fought whom in 1821 and where to find the Sultan? The socioeconomic situation of Morea (Peloponnese) on the eve of the Greek Revolution
19 15 Jul. Dean Kalimniou The Greek Revolution And The Middle East
20 22 Jul. Yianni Cartledge The Chios Massacre (1822): British Humanitarianism and Chiot Emigration
21 29 Jul. Kathryn Gauci Threads of Life: Greek Textiles through the Centuries
22 5 Aug. Dr Roslynne Bell Warriors, Weapons, and Wild Women: The Amazons in Greek Art
23 12 Aug. Dr James Kane The Battle of Manzikert (1071): Tipping Point in Byzantine History? 
24 19 Aug. Dr Stavroula Nikoloudis In memory of Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770 - 1843)
25 26 Aug. Dr Aris Gounaris Constantinos A. Doxiadis: A visionary urban planner who left his mark on cities around the world... and grew tomatoes in Queensland
26 2 Sep. Τζουλιάνα Χαρπαντίδου Ποιος είναι Ελληνας - 'Τα συνταγματικά κείμενα της Ελληνικής Επανάστασης 1821-1832'
Juliana Charpantidou Who is a Greek citizen? - the constitutional articles of the Greek Revolution 1821-1832
27 9 Sep. Prof. Alfred Vincent Language, Poetry and a Hot Air Balloon: Ioannis Vilaras and Ioannina in the Time of Ali Pasha
28 16 Sep. Dr Cassi Plate Monster & Colossus: Letters between Greek writer Costas Taktsis & Australian artist Carl Plate & their families in cosmopolitan post-war Sydney
29 23 Sep. Prof Nikos Papastergiadis Dimitris Tsaloumas Memorial Lecture
30 30 Sep. Καθ. Αντώνης Λιάκος Η διεθνής απήχηση της επανάστασης του 1821
Prof Antonis Liakos The International Resonance of the Greek Revolution
31 7 Oct. Professor Vrasidas Karalis Lord Byron: The Poet and the Revolutionary in Greece
32 14 Oct. Prof Joy Damousi & Prof Sheila Fitzpatrick Cold War Immigrants: Left, Right and the Orthodox Church
33 21 Oct. Kimon Koemtzopoulos

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