Past Event

A Civilizing Hellas? Debating the Colonial Dimensions of the Asia Minor Campaign

March 31, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

While the Greek military campaign in Asia Minor was often described at the time as a colonial endeavor by its domestic and international critics, subsequent study has rarely placed it in a larger colonial context.

In this seminar, our distinguished speakers revisit archival materials to examine Hellenism as an imperial project, responses to Hellenism in Anatolia, and receptions of Greek irredentism by the international left. What is gained by using the lens of colonialism to study the Asia Minor campaign and what are the challenges or shortcomings of such an approach?


Dimitris Antoniou (Columbia University),

Efi Gazi (University of the Peloponnese),

Kostis Karpozilos (ASKI),

Mark Mazower (Columbia University), and

Ayşe Ozil (Sabanci University)

This event is co-organized by The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative, Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York and the Istanbul Center.

Photo: "Souvenir of Asia Minor,” courtesy of Themis Ragias