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GREEK MIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA


Teaching Staff: Damilakou Maria
Course Code: ΙΑΜ607
Course Type: Seminar
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 5th΄
ECTS: 5

Short Description:

This seminar studies specific Greek migrant communities in North and South America (USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile and Brazil) focusing on matters of labor, identity and social experience. The students will have the opportunity to get acquainted not only with recent bibliography on migration but also with primary sources such as consular records, ship passenger records, Greek press abroad, family correspondence, memoirs and photographic material.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will have:

  1. Acquired basic knowledge about the migration phenomenon and Greek migrant and diasporic communities in the American continent.
  2. Studied important works from the recent literature on migration and diaspora.
  3. Become acquainted with the study and analysis of different primary sources that throw light on the migration phenomenon.
  4. Got familiar with the interchange of ideas in the classroom and essay writing on specific subjects.

Syllabus:

Week #1: Introductory lesson to the international context of massive transatlantic migration (1880-1930).

Week #2: The main characteristics of the Greek transatlantic migration: causes, numbers, demographic and social features, places of origin and destination countries.

Week #3: The migration process. Migration plans and family strategies. Social networks and chain migration. Sources: Ellis Island Database, Consular records.

Week #4: The migration policy of Greece and of the main receiving countries.

Week #5: The experience of journey to the destination country. Photographic material and personal stories. Sources: Family letters, voyage diaries.

Week #6: Labor and models of settlement in the host countries. Examples from Greek communities in the USA.

Week #7: Labor and models of settlement in the host countries. Examples from Greek communities in Argentina and Chile.

Week #8: The world of labor: experience, organization, conflicts. Trade unions and labor movement.

Week #9: Everyday life in the host countries. Personal testimonies.

Week #10: Labor and social mobility: from unskilled job to the small enterprise.

Week #11: Attitudes of the host societies towards immigrants.

Week #12: Ethnic organizations and institutions. Strategies of integration in the host societies.

Week #13: Ethnic and diasporic identities.


Suggested Bibliography:

Αλέξανδρος Kιτροέφ, «Η Υπερατλαντική μετανάστευση», στο Ιστορία της Ελλάδας του 20ού αιώνα. Οι απαρχές 1900-1922, Α΄ Τόμος, Μέρος 1ο, Αθήνα, Βιβλιόραμα, 2000, σ. 123-171.Θανάσης Βαλτινός, Συναξάρι Ανδρέα Κορδοπάτη, Αθήνα, Εστία, 2007. Ιωάννα Λαλιώτου, Διασχίζοντας τον Ατλαντικό. Η ελληνική μετανάστευση στις ΗΠΑ κατά το πρώτο μισό του 20ού αιώνα, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2006. Μαρία Δαμηλάκου, Έλληνες μετανάστες στην Αργεντινή: διαδικασίες συγκρότησης και μετασχηματισμοί μιας μεταναστευτικής κοινότητας, 1900-1970, Αθήνα, Ιστορικό Αρχείο Εμπορικής Τράπεζας, 2004. Ι. Χασιώτης, Ο. Κατσιαρδή, Ε. Αμπατζή (επιμ.), Οι Έλληνες στη Διασπορά, 15ος - 21ος αι., Αθήνα, Βουλή των Ελλήνων, 2006. Κωστής Καρπόζηλος, Κόκκινη Αμερική. Έλληνες μετανάστες και το όραμα ενός Νέου Κόσμου, 1900-1950, Πανεπιστημιακές εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2017 Έλεν Παπανικόλα, Μια ελληνική οδύσσεια στην αμερικανική δύση, Αθήνα, Εστία, 2005. Ζήσης Παπανικόλας, Αμοιρολόιτος. Ο Λούις Τίκας και η σφαγή στο Λάντλοου, Αθήνα, Κατάρτι, 2002. Γιώργος Καλογεράς, Εθνοτικές γεωγραφίες. Κοινωνικο-πολιτισμικές ταυτίσεις μιας μετανάστευσης, Αθήνα, Κατάρτι, 2007.


Teaching Methods:

Analysis of texts and theoretical essays that the students find in the e-class platform and prepare as homework. Analysis in the classroom of documentaries, photographic material and primary sources like consular records and family letters. Class discussion of topics and oral presentations by the students of specific subjects. 


Evaluation Methods:

The evaluation is based on the short written essays that all students prepare on weekly basis and on the oral presentation of one specific subject chosen by each student.


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