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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:00am - 8:20am
Music of Memory in the City of Refugees: Intersections of Syrian and Greek Music in Contemporary Thessaloniki.

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Following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of a new Turkish state after the first World War, Greece received roughly a million Greek refugees from Turkey. The signing of the Lausanne Treaty in 1923 caused a further 250,000 Greeks from Turkey to be relocated to Greece as part of a compulsory population exchange facilitated between the two states. Many of these refugees were resettled in Thessaloniki and the surrounding areas of Macedonia. At present, the city once again has a refugee presence due to hostile conditions in parts of the Middle East and other areas of the world. A substantial portion of the current refugee population is Syrian. Through the use of music, both Greek and Arabic, connections between the past and present are being constructed by musicians in Thessaloniki for the purpose of deconstructing and reducing cultural and national borders and barriers between Greeks and Syrians. These connections are primarily made through use of a shared culture of music, as well as history, that specifically draws on the Greek refugee past of the 1920s.  


Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:00am - 8:20am
018 Lipinsky Hall