Issue 14
Monday, 28 August 2017
Charles Darwin University
Associate Professor George Frazis and Mammas Kokkinomagoulos
Associate Professor George Frazis and Mammas Kokkinomagoulos

Inaugural conference a smash hit

By Andrew Hall

Associate Professor of Greek and Hellenic Studies George Frazis has returned from Greece with a spring in his step and a smile on his face.

With colleagues from the University of the Aegean and the University of Macedonia, Dr Frazis had staged a successful inaugural three-part International Conference on the Hellenic Diaspora.

The first leg was held at CDU in June, the second in Rhodes and the third in Thessaloniki in mid-July.

“We heard some excellent presentations from a range of gifted academics who have researched the spread of the diaspora from Homeric times to the present,” Dr Frazis said.

“My job now is to gather the conference papers for peer review, and once that has happened CDU will publish them as a book – hopefully by the latter part of next year.”

After the conference wrapped up, Dr Frazis led the 11th consecutive annual Greek “In-Country” language and culture tour, which was joined by nine CDU students.

Mammas Kokkinomagoulos, who is studying for a Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering, joined the “In-Country” program as part of a Diploma of Language he is also undertaking.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a close-up look at the way different cultures interact as we travelled across Greece and Macedonia,” Mammas said.

“To see so much in such a short time (two and a half weeks) was fantastic, and credit must go to Dr Frazis for organising such an interesting and rewarding experience.”