Greek American professor to talk in Sydney on the migration experience as a journey


The Greek Orthodox Community of NSW (GOCNSW) has announced a public seminar, titled “The migration experience as a journey: A personal tale and collective reflection.” This enlightening event will be presented by Professor Yiorgos Anagnostou, whose visit to Australia is sponsored by the Walter Mangold Trust Fund at the University of Melbourne.

Migration transcends mere geographical borders; it is a profound personal and societal transition. Professor Anagnostou delves into this emotional and intellectual odyssey, sharing his personal migration story from Greece to the United States.

Through vivid narratives and poetry, he illuminates the challenges faced, the cultural shifts experienced, and the transformative impact on individual identities.

The seminar, conducted in Greek, will conclude with an interactive Q&A session, facilitating dialogue in both Greek and English languages.

Yiorgos Anagnostou.
Yiorgos Anagnostou. Photo: Greek Community of Melbourne.

About Professor Yiorgos Anagnostou:

Yiorgos Anagnostou is the Miltiadis Marinakis Professor of Modern Greek language and culture at The Ohio State University. His research interests include diaspora and American ethnic studies, with a focus on Greek America. His published research covers a broad range of subjects, including film, documentary, ethnography, folklore, literature, history, sociology, and public humanities.

His work has appeared in Melus, Diaspora, Ethnicities, Italian American Review, Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Journal of Modern Hellenism, Modern Greek Studies (Australia & New Zealand), Journal of Greek Media and Culture, The Classical Bulletin, as well as several chapters in edited volumes. He has also explored the experience of migration and diaspora in two poetry collections.

Professor Anagnostou is the author of Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America (Ohio University Press, 2009; Greek translation from Nisos, 2021). He is also co-editor of Redirecting Ethnic Singularity: Italian Americans and Greek Americans in Conversation (Fordham University Press, 2022), which received the 2022 Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) “Vasiliki Karagiannaki Best Edited Book Prize in Modern Greek Studies.”

Since 2017, he is the editor of the online journal Ergon: Greek/American and Diaspora Arts and Letters, which features Greek American scholarship, poetry, and essays ( He writes regularly for the Greek and Greek American media.

Event Details:

  • TITLE: “The migration experience as a journey: A personal tale and collective reflection.”
  • DATE: Sunday, 5 November 2023.
  • SPEAKER: By Prof. Yiorgos Anagnostou.
  • TIME: 5.00 pm.
  • VENUE: Greek Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba St, Lakemba.




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