The Greek Community of Melbourne is hosting an online lecture entitled Bizim PAOK – Our PAOK: Refugees, Sports, and Venizelism in Interwar Thessaloniki as part of their Greek history and culture seminars program.

The lecture will take place online on 6 August at 7pm, with the link to follow.

French-Greek historian at the École Normale Supérieure Lukas Tsiptsios will present the talk.

French-Greek historian Lukas Tsiptsios Photo: Supplied

Mr Tsipsios  studied history and political science at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, in the same institution where he completed his Master in History of International Relations with a thesis on PAOK in the Interwar period.

The Panthessalonian Sports Club of Constantinopolitans is the main club of Northern Greece and is commonly related to the history of the Asia Minor refugees in Thessaloniki.

The presentation aims to do a social history of Thessaloniki in the Interwar period through PAOK, by following the paths of the Constantinopolitan elite that founded the club.

Putting the sports club under the microscope reveals new ways of understanding the social configuration of Thessaloniki during the Interwar Period and delves into the link of sport with issues of integration of refugees, their politicisation by the Venizelist movement and with the conquest and the Hellenisation of Macedonia.

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