The Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne continue on 16 May with two lectures about Pontus and the Greek genocide recognition efforts in Australia. Dean Kalymniou and Themistocles Kritikakos offer presentations
that cast the spotlight on Greek history.
Dean Kalymniou’s lecture is titled ¨Trapezon and the International Gothic: Pontus in Crisis”. Although Pontus is usually viewed as an isolated geographical and cultural entity in Greek historiography, it was well integrated within the international networks of its day. This lecture analyses contemporary western art to view Pontus on the precipice of catastrophe and parallels it to western responses to conflicts in the Middle East today.
On the other hand, Themistocles Kritikakos’ lecture captures a unique period in the early 21st century in Australia when Greek, Assyrian and Armenian communities co-operated in a bid to attain genocide recognition.
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