PERSPECTIVES ON THE HELLENIC DIASPORA, VOLUME 3

George Frazis (Editor), VASSILIOS ADRACTHAS (Editor), ANGELA EVANGELINOU-YIANNAKIS (Editor), ELENI GAVRA (Editor), GEORGE KANARAKIS (Editor), VASILIA KOURTIS-KAZOULLIS (Editor), STYLIANI LETSIOU (Editor), MARIANTHI OIKONOMAKOU (Editor), Kellie Pollard (Editor), John Yiannakis (Editor)

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Abstract

This is the third volume of the series Perspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora, with articles that refer to the Diaspora of Hellenes over time. It is a continuation of the first and second volumes of the series, which has the goal of highlighting diasporic studies across the academic spectrum.
This volume also includes papers from the 3rd International Conference on the Hellenic Diaspora, which was held in May 2022 through the Faculty of Arts and Society – Hellenic and Greek Studies, Charles Darwin University, and under the expert leadership of Associate Professor George Frazis. The conference was held in conjunction with The University of the Aegean and The University of Macedonia. As such, this publication offers a smorgasbord of academic papers, in either Greek or English, on various topics relating to Hellenism in the Diaspora, reflecting an actively engaged populace of researchers in the field.
The aim of the three conferences (held in 2017, 2019 and 2022), which were located across the three universities, was the establishment of academic initiatives that included the main topic: “The Hellenic Diaspora”, as well as an interchange of ideas about perceptions of Greek language education (Frazis et al., 2019).
The creation of an active network of colleagues in several universities led to the publication of the first collective/collaborative volume (Carment et al., 2019), the central topic of which was the multi-level activity among the Greek communities in the Northern Territory of Australia, as well as in other centres where the Greek presence has been evident, and remains strong, and has even shown growth as a consequence of the economic crisis that broke out in Greece in 2010 and beyond. The publication of the first volume, Perspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora (Carment et al., 2019) was financed by the Government of the Northern Territory and the Charles Darwin Foundation. The second collective volume, published in 2021, Perspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora Volume 2 (Frazis et al., 2021) was also financed by the Government of the Northern Territory. Its central topic is migration from an interdisciplinary perspective and, as such, it contains studies of the phenomenon of migration through the lens of historical, cultural, community, and ethnographic orientations and methodologies.
The close collaboration of the three tertiary institutions has as its main outcome the coordinated activity of academics representing different specialties, who enrich, through their research, the shared didactic and educational initiatives. Worthy of mention is the work of researchers who focus on different aspects of migration, analysing the formation and multi-varied activities developed by the diasporic communities of the Northern Territory of Australia as well as in other countries (e.g., Greece and the Balkans), based on current social developments. The organisation of conferences, the publication of articles and thematic volumes (Carment et al., 2019; Frazis et al., 2021), as well as the broadening of the framework of collaboration of the sectors through the extended use of technology related to long distance learning, also enable the promotion of research within those domains.
The high-calibre of papers on offer have been organised thematically, constituting six chapters, the first of which is dedicated to the four keynote speakers of the conference. Commencing with the keynote address of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, Volume 3 pays its first and due respects to the Greek Orthodox Church in this way. The paper examines the Church’s theological vision and mission activities within Australia, preparing the ground for all other academic pursuits and research that follow in this publication.
Voice is then given to University Fellow, Eileen Cummings, who presents the ‘Stolen Generation’ history through the eyes of Indigenous peoples. An Aboriginal woman, academic, and activist for the rights of Indigenous peoples of the Stolen Generation, this paper sets the scene for further intercultural stories that link Australia’s Indigenous peoples to Hellenes and other ethnicities living in Australia.
Two eminent Greek academics follow as keynote speakers of the conference – Emeritus Professor George Kanarakis OAM, whose paper is on the diachrony of the Greek language and its contribution to Australian English; and Emeritus Professor Michael Damanakis, who offers and historical approach to the functions of the Greek language in the Diaspora. With the tone set for this volume, the papers that follow offer much to the reader.
In a logical sequence of themes, Chapter Two is dedicated to the histories of the Diaspora, with a focus on Hellenic histories. Once again, paying tribute to the Church, the chapter opens with a paper on the presence of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, specifically in Darwin. Thereafter, the chapter offers distinct histories, including some relating to Darwin and the Northern Territory.
Chapter Three takes an interesting and important pathway of exploration into the Indigenous viewpoint and experience of the Stolen Generation and other Indigenous experiences of invasion and colonisation. The inter-connectedness of Hellenes with the Indigenous peoples of Australia is a significant thread that runs through these papers.
Greek education and culture in the Diaspora are the topic of Chapter Four, wherein we gain an international perspective on how the Greek language and culture are taught in Australia but also in other parts of the world. The pedagogical approaches used today and in previous decades provide fascinating insights that will ring true with teachers and educators alike.
Sequentially, Chapter Five is about language, history and culture in the Diaspora. This chapter comprises the highest number of papers and includes research conducted on the histories of the teaching and learning of Modern Greek in various parts of Australia and elsewhere. A major focus of Chapter Five is the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the classroom.
The final chapter of this volume, Chapter Six, is dedicated to the topic of literature in the Diaspora. Here, the lens through which literature is analysed is identity and the diversity that exists within the concept of identity. Various literary works are explored, including translations of Greek literary works into the Serbian language and its impact on Serbian society in general. This chapter explores the very relevant concepts of ‘third space/third place’ and ‘otherness’.
There can be little dispute, therefore, that the research on offer in this collection of papers is varied and relevant in content, and rich in detail pertaining to the meaning of the concept of “Hellenic Diaspora”. Each paper is like a jewel in the crown of diasporic Hellenism, which awaits to be worn by its readers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDARWIN
PublisherCharles Darwin University
Number of pages600
VolumeVOLUME 3
ISBN (Print)978-1-922684-745
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2024

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