Even during an unpredictable 2021, with COVID-19 returning several times continuing to play havoc on events and gatherings, the Greek Community of Melbourne’s (GCM) 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. The program was mostly delivered online with an array of local but mostly international speakers and diverse themes, with significant emphasis placed on topics relating to the 1821 War of Independence bicentenary.

The 2022 seminar series promises to be bigger than ever, featuring a large international cast but also strongly complemented with locally-based speakers.

Approaching the centenary of Asia-Minor events, the mezzanine level will host numerous seminars exploring issues associated with 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.

A strong North American-based contingent in the program includes Berkeley’s Christine Philliou, Ohio State University’s Giorgios Anagnostou, University of Chicago’s Stefanos Katsikas, and last but not least Athanasios Gekas from York University (Canada).

The program will finish of with Columbia University’s Mark Mazower, a British historian who has written extensively on Greek and Balkan history.

Professor Tim Parkin. Photo: Supplied

When: Thursday 3 March 2022 at 7pm, with Professor Tim Parkin from the University of Melbourne.
Tim Parkin joined the Classics and Archaeology department at the University of Melbourne in 2018 as the inaugural Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair in Classics. Before this he had spent over 11 years as Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester (UK).

Register here. For further information or sponsorship enquiries simply contact the GCM on email info@greekcommunity.com.au