For many, the experience of migration is often linked to travel. It’s not just about crossing geographic boundaries. Immigrants experience the transition from their mother tongue to another and the transition from one social reality to another, which are often radically different. These travel routes and the enormous challenges they present penetrate deep into the psyche and overall lives of immigrants. It is for this reason that we want to often tell our own immigration story, to tell what we experienced and how it affected us.
In this presentation, Yiorgos Anagnostou This is exactly what he aims for: he intends to share with the audience his personal journey of immigrating to the United States of America, recounting the challenges he encountered along the way and how these experiences have shaped him. In addition, he will recite poems related to his immigration journey.
Yiorgos Anagnostou chose to focus on these personal aspects for two main reasons. Above all, he seeks to present himself in a meaningful way, emphasizing his identity as an immigrant and a university student. Second, it aspires to foster a community of open dialogue and exchange of diverse perspectives. Furthermore, he believes that this approach allows us to gain a multifaceted understanding of an issue that not only affects us individually, but also resonates within our families and communities.
Yiorgos Anagnostou is the Miltiadis Marinakis Professor of Modern Greek Language and Culture at Ohio State University. His research interests include diaspora and American ethnic studies, with a particular emphasis on Greek America.
His published research covers a wide range of topics, including film, documentary, ethnography, folklore, literature, history, sociology, and public humanities. His work has been published in Melus, Diaspora, ethnicities, Italian American Review, Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Journal of Modern Hellenism, Modern Greek Studies (Australia & New Zealand), Journal of Greek Media and Culture, The Classic. Bulletin, as well as several chapters of edited volumes. He has also explored the experience of migration and diaspora in two collections of poetry.
Professor Anagnostou is the author of Contours of White ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America (Ohio University Press, 2009; Greek translation by Nisos, 2021). He is also co-editor of Redirecting Ethnic Singularity: Italian Americans and Americans Greek in Conversation (Fordham University Press, 2022), which received the 2022 Vasiliki Karagiannaki Prize for Best Edited Book in Modern Greek Studies from the Modern Greek Studies Association ( MGSA).
Since 2017, he has served as editor of the online journal Ergon: Greek/American and Diaspora Arts and Letters, which features Greek-American research, poetry, and essays (http://ergon.scienzine.com/). He writes regularly for Greek and Greek-American media.
- The presentation will take place in Greek.
- Sunday October 8 | 3 p.m.
- The Greek Center | Mezzanine
- 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000