[MGSA-L] Upcoming talk at Yale

Syrimis, George george.syrimis at yale.edu
Mon Apr 4 09:52:34 PDT 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 5:00 PM

Paris Papamichos-Chronakis
PhD candidate, University of Crete

"Living Together in Late Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Salonica. Greeks, Jews and Muslims and the Transformation of Middle-class Sociability, 1900-1922"

The talk approaches the question of the de-judaization of Salonica by looking not on state policy and state-community relations as current historiography does, but by focusing instead at the level of social relations and the transformations of middle-class sociality. The talk will initially analyze the ways upper middle-class Jewish merchants forged an urban hegemony in late-Ottoman Salonica by constructing, signifying and dominating the city's multi-ethnic associational world. It will then follow the gradual erosion of this Jewish public hegemony after the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 and the city's annexation into the Greek State. It will stress the importance of the emergence of a new culture of sociality based on the (Greek) professional association for the Hellenization of Salonica and will analyze the Jewish merchants' responses to it. The paper thus argues that the decline of Jewish hegemony was not the direct outcome of authoritarian state policies but intersected with a
 broader transformation of the city's middle classes.

Sterling Memorial Library (SML), International Room
120 High St., New Haven, CT 06511

The lecture is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Judaic Studies Program and the Hellenic Studies Program at Yale University.

For more information about the Program's activities, the activities of the Yale Hellenic Society and local community events please visit our website at http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/hsp/#

The activities of the Hellenic Studies Program are generously funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Yale University.

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