[MGSA-L] Public Lecture: "A Model Greek Diaspora: The Greek in Egypt" by Prof. Alexander Kitroeff, Haverford College

Stefanos Katsikas skatsikas at uchicago.edu
Sun Jan 31 20:41:12 PST 2021

Dear friends of Hellenic Studies,

You are cordially invited to attend Prof. Alexander Kitroeff's virtual lecture: "A Model Greek Diaspora: The Greeks in Egypt." The lecture will take place on Saturday February 13, 2021 at 1 p.m. CT.

Please register in advance for this lecture via the following electronic link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please find below the lecture's summary, Prof. Kitroeff's biographical info and an electronic flyer of the event.

Lecture's Summary:

This presentation discusses the history of the Greeks in Egypt and how it reflects the experience of Greek diaspora in the modern era, writ large. From the early nineteenth century through to the 1960s, the Greeks formed the largest, most economically powerful, and geographically and socially diverse of all European communities in Egypt. Although they benefited from the privileges extended to foreigners and the control exercised by Britain, they claimed nonetheless to enjoy a special relationship with Egypt and the Egyptians, and saw themselves as contributors to the country’s modernization. Maintaining close relations with Greece, they were the largest and wealthiest Greek diaspora community through the mid-twentieth century. This presentation explores how the Greeks inhabited a space in between their host society Egypt and their Greek homeland while adapting to the changes both countries experienced in the course of the twentieth century. It concludes by contemplating whether the Greek experience in Egypt suggests the diaspora around the world shares common characteristics.

Prof. Kitroeff's Biographical Information:

Alexander Kitroeff was born in Athens and educated in the United Kingdom where he received his doctorate degree in modern history from the University of Oxford. He is currently Professor of History at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and has taught at several other institutions including the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College CUNY, the Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies at New York University, The American College of Greece and College Year in Athens. His research focuses on identity in Greece and its diaspora on in a broad range from politics and sports, on which he has published extensively. His most recent books are The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt (2019) and Greek Orthodoxy in America: a modern history (2020.) He has also collaborated with film director Maria Iliou as historical consultant in several documentary films including “The Journey: the Greek Dream in America”; “Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City” and “Athens Between East & West, 1821-1896” which is the first of a 5-part series on the city’s modern history. Kitroeff is currently working on two book projects, a history of AHEPA, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association to mark the organization’s centenary in 2022, and a history of Greek-owned diner restaurants in America.


Stefanos Katsikas, Ph.D.
Associate Director &
Instructional Assistant Professor
Center for Hellenic Studies
University of Chicago
1153 East 58th Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
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