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Women, Philanthropy and Nationalism in Mandate Palestine

Date(s) - 01/29/2021
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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SFU Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies


The SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University is pleased to present Angelos Dalachanis.

About this Event

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to present Angelos Dalachanis, a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Join us for his virtual seminar on Friday, January 29th at 10:30 AM PT entitled “Women, Philanthropy and Nationalism in Mandate Palestine: The Greek Ladies’ Union of Jerusalem, 1924-1948”.

This event is free and open to the public.

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The point of departure for this article is an unexploited source: the minutes of the Greek Ladies’ Union covering the last ten years of the British mandate period. For that period in Jerusalem, women’s voices are rare. By creating this Union along ethnic and national lines in 1924, the ladies also formed a place for philanthropy, social gatherings and the exchange of views on communal and other issues. The minutes of their gatherings bring to us unheard voices of Jerusalem and the Greek community of the city in particular. An analysis of these minutes gives us the opportunity to understand the reasons behind the creation of this association, the different strategies women developed to make their views known within their community, to examine their philanthropic activities within the charitable universe of the holy city and, most importantly, to deal with multiple political developments at different levels during a period which is sensitive regarding the future of the Middle East, the Christian communities of Jerusalem and the Greek presence in the region.

Speaker bio

Angelos Dalachanis is a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is based at the Institute of Early Modern and Modern History (IHMC – UMR 8066) in Paris. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the European University Institute, Florence, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. His research interests include the history of migration, business, labor and Greek diaspora in the Eastern Mediterranean in the modern period. He is the author of The Greek Exodus from Egypt: Diaspora Politics and Emigration, 1937–1962 (Berghahn, 2017) and co-editor with Vincent Lemire of Ordinary Jerusalem, 1840-1940: Opening New Archives, Revisiting a Global City (Brill, 2018).

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