April 28, 2023 | 4:00PM – 7:00PM
This event takes place at the Munk Centre For International Studies, located at 1 Devonshire Place. The lecture is from 4PM to 5:30PM, with a reception from 5:30PM to 7PM
The 1923 compulsory population exchange between Greece and Turkey has been used as an important precedent in the discourse concerning conflict resolution in the post-WWII context; it has been singled out as an important causal factor for the development of the two national states; and, it has spurred a critical debate in the social sciences about the adverse humanitarian consequences and traumatic effects of such policies. But what effect did the exchange have on the Greek constitutive story? In this presentation, I intend to put the events into a larger historical context of the spread of nationalist ideology through mass schooling, the consequent aversion to alien rule, and the homogenizing imperative capturing the imagination of most leaders of existing and aspiring national states. Within such a context, the population exchange was one of the many policies that governing elites could use to render the borders of the state congruent with those of the nation, the most critical element of nationalist ideology. Thus, modernity in Southeast Europe took the form of ethnic separation, not integration or multiculturalism.
Fri, Apr 28, 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT