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Asia Minor Travel Seminar

Greek Orthodox Christians of Ottoman Cappadocia

July 17 - August 13, 2016

Professor Paschalis Kitromilides (University of Athens) and Professor Tom Papademetriou (Stockton University) will discuss the history of the Greek Orthodox communities of Asia Minor in the late Ottoman period. The seminar will draw extensively from the Oral History archives at the Centre for Asia Minor Studies in Athens. It will also include travel to Cappadocia, Ankara, Bursa, and Istanbul.

The seminar is limited to eight (8) students, both upper level undergraduate and graduate students.

Advanced knowledge of Modern Greek required.

Students will receive a Fellowship to cover most expenses related to the seminar.

The Seminar is generously underwritten by the New York Life Insurance Company Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontos and Asia Minor at Hellenic College Holy Cross and by Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies of Stockton University.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until filled. No applications will be accepted after March 24, 2016​. Applicants will be notified by March 28, 2016.   


Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be required to register for the trip through the Stockton University Office of Global Engagement Study Abroad website. 

Seminar Description

This seminar will introduce American undergraduate and graduate students to the history of the primarily Turkish-speaking Greek Orthodox Christian communities (Karamanlides) that existed in late Ottoman Cappadocia.

The seminar will take place at the Center for Asia Minor Studies and will focus on Oral Histories. These histories were provided by refugees who recount their lives in Asia Minor prior to the expulsion of their communities following the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.

The first part of the course will cover the general history of the Greek communities of Asia Minor, including:

  • Historiographic questions related to the study of Christians in a Muslim society

  • The use of oral history archives as historical sources and the creation and categorization of the Center’s oral history archives

  • The general history of the Center for Asia Minor studies

Other topics will include:

  • Geography and topography

  • Economy and agriculture

  • Political organizations

  • Daily life and customs

  • Religion and festivals

  • Architecture

The second part of the seminar comprises site visits to the villages of Cappadocia outside of the city of Kayseri, and the cities of Ankara and Bursa. The site visits will include examination of geography and topography, and the physical remnants of pre-1923 buildings, including the religious structures, as well as Ottoman era homes, farms and businesses.

The goals of the course are:

  • To learn about the vibrant Greek Orthodox Christian community that existed in a Muslim Ottoman society until 1923

  • To examine the physical locations that were once home to the Greek Orthodox population of Cappadocia

  • To gain experience working in a major Greek archive

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Professor Paschalis Kitromilides
Faculty of Political Science
University of Athens
Email: pkitrom@eie.gr

Professor Tom Papademetriou (Director of Travel Seminar) ​
Department of Historical Studies
Stockton University
US Tel: 609-626-6093
Email: apapadem@stockton.edu

Course Credit

The seminar may be taken for non-credit, or for three (3) undergraduate credits through Hellenic College. For further information on receiving course credit for the seminar, please contact HCHC Registrar Jay M. Ostrosky at jostrosky@hchc.edu or 617.850.1261.

Partner Organizations

Stockton University

Centre for Asia Minor Studies​