Istanbul’s Greek Communities on the Eve of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne

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  Friday, May 21, 2021
  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  Christine Philliou: Panagiotis Poulos: Murat Güvenç and Melike Sümertaş: Ayşe Ozil: Eva Achladi: Savvas Tsilenis: Dimitris Kamouzis

These workshops, taken together, form the first part of a three-part project to assess the effects of the 1923-4 Treaty of Lausanne on the Greek Orthodox community of Istanbul. [The following two parts will happen in 2022 and 2023] That community was officially exempted from the population exchange between Greece and Turkey which was mandated in Lausanne, and yet their legal-administrative status was transformed along with shift in the basis of sovereignty from the Ottoman Sultanate to the Republic of Turkey (a state which was established and given international recognition in the Treaty of Lausanne). In order to assess the full impact of the Treaty and its terms, we begin by trying to reconstruct the community before 1923 from a number of different standpoints: cultural, intellectual, demographic, administrative, legal, and political.

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