Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) 4th International Conference on the Hellenic Diaspora kicks off on May 31, bringing together scholars and enthusiasts from around the world to discuss the diverse aspects of Greek migration, culture, and interactions with Indigenous Australians. Attendance is possible both in person at CDU’s Casuarina campus and online.

The conference will be launched on May 30 with a ceremony celebrating the publication of “Perspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora Volume 3,” which includes research from the 2022 conference and other academic papers. The launch will feature addresses from former Northern Territory Administrator the Honourable John Christopher Anictomatis AO and His Honour Judge Anastasis (Tass) Liveris.

The conference which began in 2017, is an interdisciplinary collaboration between CDU, the University of the Aegean, and the University of Macedonia in Greece aiming to highlight research on Greek language, literature, identity, migration, and the experiences of the Greek diaspora in Australia and beyond.

CDU Associate Professor in Greek and Hellenic Studies, George Frazis, stressed the importance of collaboration and sharing knowledge to foster societal growth.

“Revealing the stories of so many migrants around the world makes CDU a university involved in the international arena,” he said. “We’ve got papers delivered not only for Greeks in Northern Territory, not only for Hellenes in Australia, but also many papers on Hellenes in different parts of the world,” Frazis said.

Day one of the conference will feature a variety of insightful presentations, including:

– “Going English: The Anglicisation of Greek Family Names in Migrant Communities” by journalist and author Phil Kafcaloudes.

– “Intelligent Synergies: Leveraging Human and Artificial Intelligence for Mastery and Innovation in Modern Greek Language Education” by Dr. Nicolaos Bogiannidis.

– “Preserving Modern Greek in Melbourne Through Recordings” by Dr. Stavroula Nikoloudis and Professor James Walker.

The second day of the conference will be hosted by the University of the Aegean in Rhodes on June 29, followed by the third day at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki on July 12.

CDU students participating in the Greek In-Country language program will have the opportunity to attend the conference during their study trip to the University of Macedonia later this year.

The research presented at this year’s conference will be published in “Perspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora Volume 4,” scheduled for release in 2026.

The full schedule and webinar links for the conference can be found on the program schedule page.