Conferences, workshops, and seminars

Past conferences

St Antony's College, University of Oxford

22 - 23 June 2018

Homeland-Diaspora relations in flux

The Greek Diaspora Project at SEESOX is organizing a conference "Homeland-Diaspora Relations in Flux: Greece and Greeks abroad at times of Crisis" on June 22-23, 2018 at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Past workshops

3 March 2017

Diaspora and development: The case of Greece

The workshop gathered a number of highly distinguished scholars, mostly non-Greek from the field of diaspora studies, and from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history, politics, international relations, law, economics, anthropology and sociology, to discuss conceptual, methodological and comparative perspectives, within which the study of the Greek diaspora and its relationship with the Greek crisis can be contextualised.

Past seminars

6 March 2019

Diasporas and peace mediations: Cypriots abroad and reunification attitudes

Neophytos Loizides (University of Kent) examines the role of diaspora groups in peace mediations in Cyprus. He will present the history of the island’s diaspora and how it relates to the Cyprus conflict, and explore diaspora attitudes towards the current reunification efforts focusing specifically on three core areas: demands for participation in a future referendum, the right of return and property compensations, and the political/electoral rights of diaspora citizens in a reunited Cyprus.

27 February 2019

Articulating identity options: Eastern and Southern European migrants in Britain

Identification processes amongst migrants and their descendants have long constituted an important topic of research. In particular, scholars have debated the extent of choice, ethnic minorities have in expressing various identities, and the role of categorisation and racialisation therein. In this presentation, Laura Morosanu (University of Sussex) adds new insight to this literature by examining the meaning and salience of ethnic identity for ‘white’ European migrants in Britain.

20 February 2019

Gendering remittances: Women’s empowerment in Albania

Drawing on research in Albania, Julie Vullnetari (University of Southampton) will show how gender relations in sending countries shape the sending, receiving and decision-making around the utilisation of remittances. This is important if we are to understand how power structures and relations are negotiated between men and women in the process of migration, thus helping formulate policies that nurture gender equality and women’s empowerment.

13 February 2019

Social protection and return migration: The Albanian-Greek migration corridor

Return migration to Albania has intensified in the past few years due to the economic crisis in different European countries where many Albanians have migrated to since the beginning of the 1990s. Based on qualitative research with migrants, their children and key informants in Albania, Zana Vathi (Edge Hill University) investigates the experiences of return migrants with social protection and their positionality towards social protection stakeholders.

6 February 2019

Fragmented communities: Diaspora politics in the UK’s Turkish-speaking community

In this presentation Mustafa Cakmak (Keele University) explored the current dynamics of the Turkish-speaking diaspora and their political engagement from a historical perspective in the UK context. It also investigated the Turkish state’s involvement with its diaspora and dissidents in the UK.

30 January 2019

Contested diasporic identities in times of crisis: The Other Bulgaria in the UK

In this presentation Elena Genova (University of Nottingham) focuses on the case of Bulgarian migrants in the UK to explore contested diasporic identities in times of crises. In doing so, it draws on longitudinal fieldwork carried out between summer 2011 and 2017 that consists of 62 interviews and participant observation.

23 January 2019

Transnational citizenship: Views of Serbia's active diaspora

Members of the Serbian diaspora, especially those vocal in representing their home country’s views, have previously been regarded as leaning towards nationalistic stances. The results of recent elections, however, indicate that today a rather different situation might be present. Tena Prelec (University of Sussex) will show that her study confirms this indication. The analysis sheds light on the political views of Serbian citizens abroad, discussing the results of two surveys conducted around the 2017 Serbian presidential elections.

16 January 2019

Diaspora entrepreneurs and contested states

This presentation introduces findings from the European Research Council Starting Grant “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” directed by Dr. Maria Koinova at Warwick University (2012-2017). Under what conditions and by way of which causal mechanisms do different diaspora entrepreneurs mobilize in contentious and non-contentious ways, when connected to contested states?

21 February 2018

(Ir)regular states of migration: Contested sovereignties on Europe's margins

How do state agents who guard the Greek and the European border experience the collapse of the border? This seminar by Katerina Rozakou (university of Amsterdam) is concerned with how the lived experiences of people governing irregular migration help us understand broader processes regarding sovereign power and the state.

14 February 2018

Contesting Greekness: Soviet Greek migrants and the Pontic identity

In this presentation Manolis Pratsinakis (University of Oxford) explores the reasons why and the processes through which the Greeks from the former Soviet Union altered their self-identification after immigration to their perceived national home. Responding to their labelling by the native-born Greeks, most Soviet Greeks choose to introduce themselves as Pontians despite the fact that the area of Pontos was not a marker of identification for them in the Soviet Union.

Joint Events

70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR

27 February 2019

The political participation of Greeks abroad

Bringing together academics, politicians and technocrats this event aims to shed light to different aspects of the issue of diasporic political participation and bring to the fore the discussion about the right of Greeks abroad to vote and its potential consequences.

Co-organized with the Greek Politics Specialist Group - Political Studies Association and the research and policy institute DiaNEOsis. Supported by the Onassis Foundation.

London, UK

28 October 2017

Reload Greece Annual Conference, 2017

SEESOX in cooperation with Reload Greece, LSE and London Business School co-organised the conference ‘The Unstoppable Generation: Hacking Entrepreneurship into a Culture’ on 28 October 2017 in London.

​In association with Reload Greece

Berlin, Germany

14 - 15 October 2017

New Greek emigration

Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, the conference explored a multiplicity of aspects surrounding the new Greek emigration and catalyzed the discussion and interaction between the academic community, related associations and governmental institutions, and the migrants themselves.

In association with the Center for Modern Greece at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), the Association of the Greek Scientist of Berlin and Brandenburg.

London, UK

24 September 2016

Reload Greece Annual Conference, 2016

On September 24, 2016 SEESOX co-sponsored with Reload Greece and the London Business School a conference, entitled ‘Enterprising Diasporas: From Brain Drain to Brain Gain’. The Conference was both highly productive in its substance and, relatedly, an example for SEESOX’s Greek Diaspora Project mode of action

A report on the conference here.

The program can be found here.

In association with Reload Greece

Knowledge and Partnership Bridges in Amsterdam

The SEESOX Greek Diaspora team together with the Greek Community in Amsterdam helped the organization of the event ‘Knowledge and Partnership Bridges’ in Amsterdam on 26 November. Professor Lois Lamprianidis and the Director of the National Documentation Centre, Dr. Evi Sachini gave presentations about the Knowledge Bridges initiative

Exploring intra-EU mobilities at times of Crisis

On Tuesday 20 June 2017, as part of its activities for the Greek Diaspora Project, SEESOX hosted the workshop ‘Exploring intra-EU mobilities at times of Crisis’. The workshop, an outcome of the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie project EUMIGRE, helped contextualise the recent surge of emigration from Greece within the broader map of European migrations at times of crisis.

In association with the EUMIGRE HORIZON 2020 project

Latest SESSOX Diaspora news

16 January 2019

SEESOX Seminar Series on Comparative diasporas: Reflections on South East Europe

In the context of our flagship Diaspora Project, the SEESOX Hilary term Seminar Series this year will address the field of comparative diaspora studies. The seminar series will focus on relations between homelands and diasporas in South East…

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4 December 2018

Review of the public debate on Diaspora and political participation in Greek political affairs

On the 29th of October 2018, the Greek Diaspora Project at SEESOX organised a two-panel public debate entitled “Diaspora and political participation in Greek political affairs” held at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. The event was put…

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22 October 2018

In partnership with SEESOX, Reload Greece organized the fifth annual RG conference in London

RG Connect18, the fifth annual Reload Greece conference, took place in London on Saturday. The conference RG Connect18: ‘Where Challenges meet Solvers’ was organized by Reload Greece in partnership with SEESOX. The event brought together innovative…

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18 September 2018

Conference review: "Homeland-Diaspora relations in flux: Greece and Greeks abroad at times of crisis"

On June 22-23, 2018, the Greek Diaspora Project at SEESOX organized the conference Homeland-Diaspora relations in flux: Greece and Greeks abroad at times of crisis, at St Antony's College. The conference explored the impact of Greek diaspora…

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Latest media mentions

4 March 2019

Available in Greek

Ενας ελληνικός μικρόκοσμος στη Μεγάλη Βρετανία του Brexit

Source: TO VIMA, by Othon Anastasakis and Manolis Pratsinakis

18 January 2019

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«Παραβαίνουν» τις αντιλήψεις τους οι Ελληνες μετανάστες

Source: Kathimerini, by Yannis Palaiologos

13 January 2019

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Το άρθρο 16 και η Διασπορά

Source: Kathimerini, by Antonis Kamaras

14 October 2018

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SEESOX Diaspora: New research project and website on Greek Diaspora

Source: Greek News Agenda, by Greek News Agenda

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