The Summer Seminar consists of two weekly series of lectures (four each week), the former on history and the latter of contemporary politics, which will be followed by extensive discussion. Each day’s lecture is on a different theme by a different speaker. It is scheduled to be a morning three hour event with one break. The afternoon session includes two parts: (a) two four day seminars delivered by two speakers, hooked on the morning talks, yet following a narrative of their own and (b) fieldwork activities such as visits to museums and monuments.
The first week (19-22 June) seminar is on Syncretism and Sectarianism. Religious Coexistence and Conflict in Ottoman and Greek Thessaloniki and will be delivered by Dr Paris Papamichos-Chronakis, Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago. The second week seminar (26-29 June) has been assigned to Dr Margarita Markoviti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. Her topic will be The politics of religion and diversity.
Monday June 19, 2016 – Program Opening

  • Introduction to the program: Prof. Basil C. Gounaris, Aristotle University
  • Lecture:  Prof. Molly Greene, Princeton University

New approaches to religious diversity in the Ottoman Empire.

Tuesday June 20, 2017

  • Lecture: Dimitris Livanios, Assistant Professor, Aristotle University

Flag and Cross: religion, violence and nationalism in the Balkans (late 18th-early 20th centuries)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • Lecture: Prof. Yannis Stefanidis, Aristotle University

Christianity, Humanity and Great Power Intervention in the Ottoman Levant

Thursday, June 22, 2017

  • Lecture: Dr Margaret Beissinger, Research Scholar and Lecturer, Princeton University

Religious identity among Balkan Roma: Old and new communities of faith

  • Afternoon seminar Dr Paris Papamichos-Chronakis
  • Activity: Visit to “The New Mosque” (“Yeni Tzami”)

Friday 23, 2017

  • Lecture: Dr Hana Kubatova, Assistant Professor, Charles University.

Facilitating the Holocaust in the Balkans and Eastern Europe

Saturday, June 24, 2017 (at Halkidiki)

  • Workshop: Dr Kateřina Králová, Assist. Professor, Charles University

Visual History Archive, and the testimonies of Holocaust survivors from Greece
Participants and required to bring with them their own lap-tops and headphones
Sunday, June 25, 2017 (evening return to Thessaloniki)
Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Lecture: Professor Amikam Nachmani, Bar-Ilan University

Haunted Presents: On European and Middle Eastern Religious Conflicts

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Lecture: Dr Harris Mylonas, Associate Professor,  Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Politicizing religion in democratizing countries

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Lecture: Dr Ina Merdjanova, Adjunct Assist. Prof. Trinity College (Dublin)

Islam and Nationalism in the Balkans

Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Lecture: Dr Anissa Daoudi, Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Gender and violence in the Middle East and North Africa: the role of language and religion

Friday, June 30, 2017

  • Lecture: Prof. Pieter Lagrou, Université libre de Bruxelles

The problem with universal suffrage: The murderous mix of majority rule and religious diversity

  • Afternoon panel discussion on contemporary migration issues
  • Evaluation & Certificate of attendance awards
  • Farewell reception

Minor changes in the schedule may occur, if necessary.