A.G. Leventis Research Officer for SEESOX
We are pleased to announce the appointment of the A.G. Leventis Research Officer at SEESOX. Foteini Kalantzi joined SEESOX in March 2018 for a period of eighteen months. She received her PhD in International Relations from University of Macedonia, Greece and carried out part of her research in Freie Universitaet Berlin. She holds an MA in International Political Economy from University of Warwick, UK, a BA in International and European Relations from Panteion University, Athens and a BSc in Economics from University of La Verne, California. She has been a research associate at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM) and at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). She also worked as a teaching fellow at the Department of International Relations of Université de Strasbourg at City Unity College in Athens. Her research interests include migration, the security-migration nexus, political and media discourse analysis, Greek political affairs and European integration. Dr. Kalantzi will engage in research on the Greek state-diaspora relationship in the context of the economic crisis and also in the development of the Diaspora Map for the Greek Diaspora Project.
Conference “Homeland-Diaspora Relations in Flux: Greece and Greeks abroad at times of Crisis” June 22-23, 2018
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.
Three new researchers
In September 2017 we enlisted three researchers, Marilena Anastasopoulou (MA, University of Oxford), Kira Gartzou (PhD candidate, LSE) and Dr Foteini Kalantzi (PhD, University of Macedonia). The researchers are working on the digital map, refining and expanding the list of diaspora organizations, and analyzing the findings from the mapping out of diaspora organizations worldwide. A preliminary analysis of their work can be found here.
SEESOX launches the Greek Diaspora Blog
On the 12 July 2017 the Greek diaspora project blog was launched. It hosts research briefs and opinion pieces by academics, public intellectuals and policy makers on the issues addressed by the GDP, serves as the preeminent forum for debate on contemporary issues concerning the Greek diaspora. It is also as an important outlet for the dissemination of their work for a new generation of scholars working on the Greek diaspora.