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On December 6, 2022, distinguished academics gathered at the ACG Events Hall for a compelling panel discussion on the occasion of the publication of Diaspora engagement in times of severe economic crisis: Greece and beyond. The book’s co-authors, Dr. Othon Anastasakis, Director of European Studies Centre & SEESOX Principal Investigator of the Greek Diaspora Project at the University of Oxford, and Dr. Manolis Pratsinakis, Assistant Professor in Social Geography, Harokopio University and Research Affiliate, COMPAS, University of Oxford, presented their University of Oxford Greek Diaspora Project’s case studies on how crises and global uncertainties affect contemporary Greek diaspora-homeland relations. Dr. Othon Anastasakis took over the role of moderator from Dr. Eirini Karamouzi, IHCLA Fellow and event organizer, who could not attend the event due to illness. Dr. Panos Vlachopoulos, Executive Dean at Deree – The American College of Greece, and Katerina Sokou, Theodore Couloumbis Research Fellow on “Greek-American Relations” at ELIAMEP, rounded off the panelists. Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece, gave the opening remarks. Dr. Lamprini Rori, Assistant Professor in Political Analysis at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, was scheduled to participate in the discussion but was absent due to illness. The event was co-organized by the ACG Institute for Hellenic Culture and the Liberal Arts (IHCLA) and ACG Institute of Global Affairs (IGA).
The panelists addressed the state of Greece’s relations with its diaspora as these have evolved during the recent years of consecutive crises and uncertainty. They discussed the role and significance of Hellenism abroad by touching upon the following issues: the significance of diasporic institutions, crises-driven migration and diasporic mobility, diasporic solidarity with the motherland, the role of diasporic networks and associations in the era of technological communication.
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