Greece, Turkey and the Past and Present of Forced Migrations – Day 1

Location University of Newcastle, UK

Date and time Monday 5 September 2022
08:00 - 16:30 (London GMT)
11:00 - 19:30 (Ankara UTC+3)

Event Summary

The conference will take place on the centenary of the 1922 forced displacement that followed a decade of warfare between Greece and the Ottoman Empire. The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne legalised the forced movement of more than a million Greek Christians to Greece and that of approximately 400,000 Muslims to Turkey. The departure and arrival of both sets of refugees left indelible marks on both states and societies with the memory of refugeedom remaining strong today among all those of refugee descent.

Fast forward 100 years, Greece and Turkey are again at the epicentre of forced migrations, in what has become known as “Europe’s refugee crisis”. Greece is one of the main gateways to the EU for thousands of people on the move every year, while Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees worldwide. However, migration to, settlement in, and movement between the two countries is met with a number of challenges for forced migrants: the militarisation of borders, the erection of physical barriers, economic crises, political instability, populism, power politics, old rivalries, and a pandemic have posed insurmountable obstacles to people seeking refuge in recent times.

The centenary of the Greco-Turkish population exchange offers an opportunity to reflect on how forced migrations are remembered, lived, experienced and governed in the two countries and beyond.

Day 1 Programme:

Coffee/Tea Reception



9:30 – 10:00 Violetta Hionidou and Dimitris Skleparis; Welcome from the HASS PVC Nigel Harkness; and John Bennett, Director of the BSA

Session 1

Chair: Violetta Hionidou, Newcastle University

10.00 – 10.15 Kristina Gedgaudaitė, Princeton University, in-person

Restorying Migration: Displacement, Memory and Counter-histories in Comics Form

10.15 – 10.30 Çağdaş Varol & Yasin Özdemir, Ege University, in-person

Written memories of an exchanged Turkocretan

10.30 – 11.00 Questions and Comments

Session 2

Chair: Dimitris Skleparis, Newcastle University

11.00 – 11.15 Georgios Kritikos, Harokopio University Athens, online

Places of Greeks and spaces of refugees: The case of Asia Minor refugees in the 1920s

11.15 – 11.30 Emilia Salvanou, Democritus University of Thrace, online

From the margins to the center of national memory: the adventures of refugee memory from 1922 to the present

11.30 – 12.00 Questions and Comments

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

Session 3

Chair: Terri Teo, Newcastle University

13.00 – 13.15 Laura Brody, Charles University & Paul-Valery University, online

‘I’m not Greek, I’m Imvriot’: Diasporic Identities in Greece and Turkey

13.15 – 13.30 Sevcan Ercan Graham, Istanbul Medeniyet University, online

Recalling the Homeland: Return Migration to the island of Imbros/Gökçeada

13:30 – 14.00 Questions and Comments

Session 4

Chair: Terri Teo, Newcastle University

14.00 – 14.15 Eleftheria Daleziou, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, online

Fleeing through the Aegean Sea: Orphans and unaccompanied minors in Greece under the aegis of the Near East Relief following the Asia Minor Greek-Turkish War of 1922.

14.15 – 14.30 Gözde Emen-Gökatalay, Atılım University & Semih Gokatalay, University of California, San Diego, online

The integration of Refugee children into Turkish society in the Early Republican Era

14.30 – 15.00 Questions and Comments 15.00 – 15.30 Coffee & Tea Break

Session 5

Chair: Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal, British Institute At Ankara

15.30 – 15.45 Stelios Michalopoulos Brown University, Vassilis Logothetis & Elias Papaioannou, online

Refugees in the Mediterranean: Political Consequences

15.45 – 16.00 Filyra Vlastou – Dimopoulou, Emmy Karimali, Eirini Avramopoulou & Panagiota Koutrolikou, National Technical University of Athens and Panteion University, online

Embodied geopolitics and negotiations of belongings from Turkey to Athens

16.00 – 16.30 Questions and Comments

Session 6

Chair: Deniz Yonucu, Newcastle University

16.30 – 16.45 Panagiotis Karagkounis, Manchester University- HCRI & Georgios Giannakopoulos, City University of London/ King’s College London, in-person

Forced Migrations, Humanitarianism and Human Trafficking: the case of the Anatolian Greeks revisited

16.45 – 17.00 Clara De La Hoz Del Real, University of Paris-Saclay & Humacoop-Amel France, in- person

A critical review of the configuration of power relationships between humanitarian actors and asylum seekers in Samos Island (on-going research)

17.00 – 17.30 Questions and Comments

Sponsored by: Newcastle University, British School at Athens and The British Institute at Ankara.

With the support of: The Greek Politics Specialist Group – GPSG and The Turkish Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, and the Society for Modern Greek Studies.

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In person and online attendees welcome

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