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Discussion lecture

The Refugee Lesson: Life in Kokkinia Among the Mikrasiates of 1923

An illustrated presentation about life in Kokkinia/Nikaia, a settlement created to house Orthodox Christians expelled from their homeland through the Lausanne Convention of 1923. The speaker Professor Renée Hirschon lived there for over a year in 1970 and has maintained her ties up to the present day.

Professor Renée Hirschon was educated at the Universities of Cape Town, Chicago, and Oxford. She is a Senior Research Fellow of St Peter’s College, and a Senior Member of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She is also a Research Associate of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, and of the Refugee Studies Centre at University of Oxford.

Renée was a senior founding member of the first Department of Social Anthropology in Greece, at the University of the Aegean (Lesbos), where she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Chairperson of the department from 1987 until 1998. Prior to that, she taught for many years at Oxford Brookes University, where she specialised in teaching the Anthropology of Europe. Her regional research interests encompass Greece, the Aegean and Balkan regions.

Organised by The Hellenic Centre