Call for Papers and Session Proposals

Ethnic Groups - Greeks
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3-4 May, 2018
York University, Toronto

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History York University announces the inaugural Conference on Greek Canadian Studies.

We seek proposals for individual papers or sessions that are relevant and contribute to any aspect of Greek Canadian Studies from the fields of History, Literature, Linguistics, Language, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Journalism and Media and the Fine Arts, including Film Studies and Visual Arts. A central theme of the conference will be how to define Greek Canadian Studies. We welcome papers that will present work – scholarly or artistic – which is not ‘merely’ produced by Greek Canadians, but includes Greek Canadian content and addresses issues relevant to the Greek Canadian experience.

Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged, especially in comparison to Greek American and Greek Australian Studies; while Greek communities in Canada are not necessarily comparable to those in the Unites States or Australia, scholars working in Greek Canadian Studies may find similarities with Greek American or Greek Australian Studies.

We are delighted that Professor Thomas W. Gallant, Nicolas Family Chair of Modern Greek History and University of California, San Diego, will give the keynote lecture on the making of the documentary ‘Violent August’ about the anti-Greek riots in Toronto on August 1918.

The Conference will aso showcase the research project “Immigrec” on the history of Greek immigration to Canada from the 1950s to 1970s, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.  Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply; the conference will try and cover expenses for their travel and accommodation.  

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words by March 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2018.

The conference is funded by Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, the Immigrec Project and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation.

For more information contact Sakis Gekas