30th June – 3 July 2011

Welcome to the web page of the  "9th International Conference on Greek Research" and the ‘Ageing in the Migrant Diaspora’ conference which was held concurrently at Flinders University and hosted by the Modern Greek section, Department of Language Studies at Flinders University and the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity , also at Flinders University, between 30 June and 3 July 2011.

The 9th International Conference on Greek Research was a 4-day event where research papers were presented on studies related to Greek and Cypriot themes.  A vibrant program was dedicated to papers and posters relating to Greek and Cypriot studies that will continue the tradition of the international conferences on Greek Research and included the following areas of research:

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Classical Studies
  • Cyprus from 1960-2011: 51 years later
  • History and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Society and culture
  • Theology

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An Ageing in the Migrant Diaspora conference was also an important part of the 9th International Conference on Greek Research and addressed the needs of the migrant Diaspora with regard to ageing and health, service provision and cultural identity issues of Greek and other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in Australia and overseas.  Attendance was welcomed from academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and aged care providers. We were particularly (but not exclusively) seeking papers and posters on:

  • Ageing experiences of first generation migrants
  • Experiences of ageing among the Hellenic Diaspora
  • Health, aged care and social services for older people from NESB*
  • Service access and equity issues
  • Meanings of culture in CALD** ageing
  • Intergenerational support and the role of family care
  • Policy and practice issues for those working with ageing CALD communities

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* NESB – Non English-Speaking Background; ** CALD – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

Call for Papers:
Due 28 February 2011  EXTENDED UNTIL 14 MARCH 2011!    (Submit abstract | Invitation Letter). Contributions are welcome from academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and aged care providers.  Go to call for papers | view current abstracts.

Conference Languages: Greek and English

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Sandra Torres (Sweden)
Professor Kyriakos S. Markides (USA)
Associate Professor Rick Benitez (Australia)
Professor Van Coufoudakis (USA)
Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis (Australia) 

Guest Speakers:
Dr Lynn Arnold AO
Professor Graeme Hugo (Australia)
Professor Gill Lewin (Australia)
Professor Mary Luszcz (Australia)
Ms Voula Messimeri-Kiamidis AM (Australia)

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Presentations: 20 minute papers were presented and were followed by 10 minutes discussion at the end of each session.

Program: Parallel sessions and panel discussions were scheduled over the 3 days and grouped according to the area of research. For more information please see the Program Preview 24 June1.xls (XLS 22KB)
Ageing in the Migrant Diaspora: Friday and Saturday 1-2 July 2011.
9th International Conference on Greek Research: Friday to Sunday 1 - 3 July 2011.
Professional Development for teachers of Modern Greek 'An Exploration of Digital Environments': Saturday 2 July 2011.

Public Events: Free public lectures were on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 28 June to 1 July 2011.  For more information please see the Flyer for Public lectures and conference keynote addresses16Jun.pdf (PDF 5MB) .

Registration: Early registration ended 16 May 2011. For fee options.

Social Events: Thursday, 30 June 2011:  A conference dinner was held at the Adelaide Pavilion from 6.30pm onwards.  All were welcome.  Bookings were essential.

Monday, 4 July 2011:  "Meet the locals " A day tour exploring South Australia’s lovely countryside and famous wineries is being organized for conference delegates.

Venue: Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park, Education Building, Car Park 2, Ring Road.

Virtual Participation: This option was available for participants who were unable to attend the conference in-person but wished to send their paper and have it available at the conference.  The same criterion applied for attending participants.