Diaspora and the pandemic

Diaspora and the pandemic

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Zoom webinar
Yiorgos Anagnostou (Ohio State University)
Andreas Gkolfinopoulos (University of Cologne)
Alexander Kitroeff (Haverford College)
Manolis Pratsinakis (University of Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis (SEESOX)
Othon Anastasakis (SEESOX, St Antony's College), Foteini Kalantzi (SEESOX, St Antony's College)

The goal of this webinar is to discuss and exchange views on the current unfolding crisis related to the pandemic and how this is connected with Greek diasporic issues

Some of the issues that will be addressed are the following: 

  1. What are the initial responses and how have different Greek diasporas mobilised during the pandemic crisis?
  2. How has the Pandemic influenced the lives of Greeks abroad and impacted on their perception of their homeland?
  3.  How has Greece handled the situation in relation to its diaspora, mostly on issues of repatriation?
  4. How will this new crisis possibly affect homeland-diaspora engagement?

There is going to be a panel of 4 speakers, who are going to address one particular aspect of the diaspora-homeland relationship in the period of the pandemic, and focus on a particular case study, and then move to a discussion with the audience. The aim of the opening presentations is to be used as initial remarks for further discussions with all participants.

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Yiorgos Anagnostou is Professor and the Director of the Modern Greek Program at The Ohio State University. His research interests include American ethnic studies and Greek transnational studies. He has published in various scholarly journals, including, Melus, Diaspora, Ethnicities, Italian American Review, Journal of American Folklore, and Journal of Modern Greek Studies, among others. He is the author of Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America (Ohio University Press, 2009). He is the editor of the online journal Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters, (http://ergon.scienzine.com/).

Andreas Gkolfinopoulos is PhD candidate at University of Siegen and research fellow at University of Cologne, Faculty of Human Sciences. Studied Political Sciences and Public Management at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and graduated the MA program of Political Sciences at University of Münster. The title of his PhD- research is: “Germany as a magnet of highly skilled Greeks”.

Alexander Kitroeff is Professor of History at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. His latest book is The Greek Orthodox Church in America: a modern history (Cornell University Press, 2020).

Manolis Pratsinakis is the Onassis Foundation Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. He was previously a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Macedonia (2015-2017), a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex (2016) and a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam (2013-2015). Manolis has studied Geography and Sociology (with honors) and completed his PhD in 2013 in Anthropology. His MA studies were supported by a Huygens scholarship from Nuffic and his PhD research by a postgraduate IKY scholarship.