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Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece: Kid pro quo?

A lecture by Prof. Gonda Van Steen, new Koraes Professor at King’s College London.

Prof. Van Steen’s presentation delves into the postwar adoption movement of Greek children dispatched to the United States (1950s-1960s). Her illustrated talk situates this understudied phenomenon against the backdrop of Cold War politics and society.

From September 2018, Gonda Van Steen is the new holder of the Koraes Chair in the Centre for Hellenic Studies and Department of Classics at King’s College London. She is the author of four books: Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece (2000); Liberating Hellenism from the Ottoman Empire (2010); Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands (2011); and Stage of Emergency: Theater and Public Performance under the Greek Military Dictatorship of 1967-1974 (2015). Her current book project, tentatively entitled Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece, is taking her into the new, uncharted terrain of Greek adoption stories that become paradigmatic of Cold War politics and history.

Organised by the Anglo – Hellenic League.