Conferences, workshops, and seminars
St Antony's College, University of Oxford
22 - 23 June 2018
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.
3 March 2017
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.
10 October 2019
The event will include panellists from academia, the policy-making community and the business sector. It will address issues such as the recent migratory wave and brain drain; diasporic political engagement; the diaspora and philanthropic giving. It will also present some findings on the Greeks in the UK; and will introduce its Greek diaspora digital map. The opening remarks will be delivered by HE Mr Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras, Greek Ambassador in London, and Mr Nikos Karamouzis, President Grand Thornton, and Chair of the Hellenic Advisory Board at SEESOX.
6 March 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
27 February 2019
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.
28 October 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
14 - 15 October 2017
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.
24 September 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
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
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
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Latest media mentions
7 February 2020
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Source: Kathimerini, by Τασούλα Καραισκάκη
10 January 2020
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Source: TA NEA, by Αντώνης Καμάρας