Open lecture – A multi-cultural Epirus: populations, languages and education during the last years of the Ottoman Empire


Dr. Themistoklis Papadopoulos will present a very interesting lecture about multicultural Epirus during the last years of the Ottoman Empire, on Thursday 20 June. This is a FREE event to be held at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminar series offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

The lecture, A multi-cultural Epirus: populations, languages and education during the last years of the Ottoman Empire will examine the demographic, linguistic and educational situation in the region of Epirus from the first half of the 19th century until the outbreak of the Balkan Wars and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

Ali Pasha’s governance in the early 19th century was beneficial for many cities in Epirus such as Ioannina where the economic prosperity together with the development of arts and education can be observed. Greek businessmen contributed to the creation of many schools that survived up to the present.

“My aim is to discuss the harmonious coexistence of many different languages, cultures and religions such as Jewish, Vlach, Turkish and Albanian in Epirus before its incorporation into Greece,” said Dr. Papadopoulos.

Themistoklis Papadopoulos is from Ioannina, Epirus. He studied in France where he became Ph.D. in applied linguistics in University Paris-3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. He is specialized in language and cultural education, linguistic policies, multilingualism and sociolinguistics. He is the author of a book about the linguistic policies in modern Greece and he published many types of research about education and languages around the world.

When: Thursday 20 June 2019, 7.00pm

Where: Greek Centre (Mez, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)


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