[MGSA-L] Seminars of the Greek Economic History Association in Athens

lpapast at cc.uoi.gr lpapast at cc.uoi.gr
Sun Jan 27 06:48:24 PST 2013

Dear all,

I am forwarding a list of seminars organized by the Greek Economic History
Association in Athens, this academic year(2012-2013).

Best wishes,
Dr. Leda Papastefanaki
Assistant Professor in Modern Greek History
Department of History-Archaeology
University of Ioannina

Monday 28 January,2013
Speaker: Dr. Nikos Metaxidis
Lecture on "Story of a migration, consolidation of identity: Anthropology of
Greek entrepreneurship in Cameroon" (in Greek)

Commentator: Prof. Gelina Harlaftis (Ionian University)

Location: National Research Foundation, 48, Vassileos Constantinou Avenue,
Athens (room EKT, groundfloor), metro station "Evangelismos"

Greeks arrived in Cameroon around 1920 and so they were examined from three
perspectives, an internal perspective (their route based upon their migration,
the cultural constitution of a diaspora, etc.), the marks they have left to the
host country and the interference they have had with the host country through
their businesses. Being a visible minority among other foreigners, they were at
the heart of the colonial system of trafficking. They invested in intermediate
sectors of the colonial economy. Soon after urban adventurers before, they form
communities (1948). Since 1950 and thanks to the FIDES plans concerning the
development of French colonial territories, they will reach their peak. They
will see their business expanding rapidly. Economic growth and urbanization
created new activities such as building, construction, hardware, department
stores, and the import of various items. The long period of structural
adjustment and devaluation of the FCFA in 1994 discouraged the weakened and
competition Greek businessmen. As their intermediary function, a number of
their activities (forestry, transportation) placed in the hands of competitors
like the Lebanese and the Bamileke. Since the country independence, they will
lose their small business to the local people and they will subsequently be
affected by the Africanization of business and competition dynamics of African
entrepreneurs. They still keep sophisticated technology trade, supermarkets and
small industrial investment and an important place in the bakery industry.
KEY WORDS: Hellenic Diaspora, Entrepreneurship, Migrations, Sub-Saharan Africa,

For more information about the activities of the Greek Economic History
Association and news on the field please visit the website www.hdoisto.gr

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