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Title: Smyrna in your pocket : memory of Asia Minor in contemporary Greek culture
Author: Gedgaudaite, Kristina
ISNI:       0000 0004 7971 585X
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis turns to a watershed in the history of modern Greece - its defeat in the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) and the population exchange that followed - as remembered in present-day Greece. On the one hand, it describes how family memories find their way into cultural representations and provide a language as well as a form for other reminiscences. On the other hand, it aims to show how those cultural representations participate in wider transformations that occur in the public sphere. Methodological tools developed in the field of cultural memory studies are coupled with insights drawn from history, psychology and anthropology. Within this interdisciplinary framework, the memory of Asia Minor emerges as reflective of present-day ideologies and responsive to contemporary concerns. The introduction sets the discussion in a wider context, providing historical background of the Greco-Turkish War and outlining the ways in which its memory has been reworked in history and culture from 1922 until the present day. Different mnemonic communities that have assembled around the memory of Asia Minor are discussed in Chapter 2, by drawing on the controversy over a history textbook that ensued in 2006-2007. Chapter 3 uses an example of a graphic novel in order to foreground the aesthetic and memory practices that Asia Minor sets in motion when the relay of remembrance reaches the third generation. Chapter 4 discusses the memory of the cosmopolitan Ottoman port of Smyrna on theatre stage and proposes memory as a portable toolkit for bearing witness in the future. Chapter 5 puts this premise to the test in the context of the refugee crisis as it unfolded in Greece in 2015.
Supervisor: Papanikolaou, Dimitris Sponsor: Oxford-Aidan Jenkins Scholarship ; Onassis Foundation ; Kostas and Eleni Ouranis Foundation
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: cultural studies ; Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) ; Greece ; cultural memory ; forced migration ; refugee studies