Musicology Colloquium Series: Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora
Panayotis League, Florida State University
March 24, 2023 · 4:30 pm—6:00 pm · 102 Woolworth
Music Department; Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies
Dr. Panayotis League will discuss his recently-published monograph, which explores the legacy of the Great Catastrophe—the death and expulsion from Turkey of 1.5 million Greek Christians following the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922—through the music and dance practices of Greek refugees and their descendants over the last one hundred years. The book draws extensively on original ethnographic research conducted in Greece (on the island of Lesvos in particular) and in the Greater Boston area, as well as on the author’s lifetime immersion in the North American Greek diaspora. Through analysis of handwritten music manuscripts, homemade audio recordings, and contemporary live performances, the presentation traces the routes of repertoire and style over generations and back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, investigating the ways that the particular musical traditions of the Anatolian Greek community have contributed to their understanding of their place in the global Greek diaspora and the wider post-Ottoman world.
This event is free, un-ticketed.