A Case of the 1923 Population Exchange: The Exodus of the Greek Orthodox Inhabitants of Sinasos (Mustafapaşa)

May 10, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 18:30 – 20:00
Location: Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul - Sıraselviler St. 49/5 Taksim

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The presentation focuses on the Greek Orthodox population of Sinasos (Mustafapaşa) in Cappadocia and examines the peaceful process of abandoning their homeland in June 1924 within the context of the Greek-Turkish exchange of populations. The exodus of the Rum of Sinasos constitutes a unique case in relation to the different forms of displacement of the Greek Orthodox populations from other areas of Asia Minor.

This event is part of "The World Responds to the Greeks." The product of a unique collaboration between Columbia University, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, and Boğaziçi University,  “The World Responds to the Greeks” is a an undergraduate seminar offered simultaneously at Boğaziçi University and Columbia University, and is part of the ongoing Columbia Global Seminar on Byzantine and Modern Encounters. Originally offered in 2015 by Professors Karen Van Dyck and Martha Howell of Columbia University, "The World Responds to the Greeks" is currently being taught by Professor Dimitrios Antoniou in New York and Professor Matthew Gumpert in Istanbul. This spring "The World Responds to the Greeks" examines the way particular spaces serve as sites for the production and reproduction of cultural and political imaginaries. It places particular emphasis on the themes of the polis, the city, and the nation-state as well as on spatial and literary representations of and responses to notions of Greece across time. The question of space and the site-specific is also raised by the very logistics of the course, which links two classrooms, two groups of students, and two professors by way of long-distance learning technologies. Unlike other courses live-streaming a single professor's lecture to passive audiences, "The World Responds to the Greeks" emphasizes dialogue, team-teaching, and students' active participation through the use of special software and studio equipment.  "The World Responds to the Greeks" aims to familiarize students not only with Greece as a space at the crossroads of East and West but also with the ways in which different disciplines have considered space across geography and time, and understood it, in their own ways, as "Hellenic."  Towards that end the course has been adapted to include a number of open classes in the form of public events to facilitate a wider discussion and engagements with communities in New York and Istanbul.
Stavros Anestidis was born in Istanbul in 1960. After graduating from the private French Lycée Saint-Michel in Istanbul,  he continued his studies at the University of Athens in the Department of Political Science, from where he received in doctoral degree in 1993. In 1994, he started working at the Centre for Asia Minor Studies as a researcher and since 2002 has served as its director. His research focuses on the intellectual and cultural life of Greek Orthodox communities in Asia Minor and Istanbul in the 19th century.  In recent years, his works focus on Turkish speaking Orthodox communities of Cappadocia (Karamanlides) and the Karamanli literature.

Established in Athens in 1962, the Center for Asia Minor Studies conserves, documents and disseminates archival material relevant to the everyday life of Greek Orthodox populations in Asia Minor, their expatriation and resettlement in Greece; publishes the Bulletin of the Center for Asia Minor Studies; collects and preserves books and journals relevant to the scientific interests of the Center; promotes research and organises events in line with the Center's objectives.
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