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Asia Minor Travel Seminar

Every two years, a limited number of undergraduate and graduate students with advanced knowledge of Modern Greek are given the opportunity to participate in the Asia Minor Travel Seminar, a summer program which introduces American students to the history of the primarily Turkish-speaking Greek Orthodox Christian communities that existed in late Ottoman Asia Minor.

Students may take the seminar non-credit, or for three (3) undergraduate credits through Hellenic College.


The goals of the seminar are to:

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

  • Examine the physical locations that were once home to the Greek Orthodox population of Asia Minor

  • Gain experience working in a major Greek archive

Program of Study

Goals are achieved through a two-part program. The first segment covers the general history of the Greek communities of Asia Minor and includes:

  • 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

  • The region’s geography, topography, economy, agriculture, political organizations, daily life and customs, religion, and festivals

The last segment consists of site visits. In the past, students have visited the villages of Cappadocia outside of the city of Kayseri, and the cities of Ankara and Bursa. These visits include examination of geography and topography and the physical remnants of pre-1923 buildings, including religious structures, as well as Ottoman era homes, farms, and businesses.


  • Attendance and daily preparation

  • Presentations on readings

  • Archival and Village Presentations

  • Completion of Research Agenda of Oral History Archive material (to be determined in consultation with instructors)

    • Collection and translation of files
    • Preparation of summaries and abstracts
  • Research Journal

Students registering for the seminar as a three credit course are also required to complete a 25 page historical paper based on Oral History sources.

Note: Syllabus is subject to change at instructors’ discretion.


The Asia Minor Travel Seminar is offered by Hellenic College Holy Cross in partnership with both the University of Athens and Stockton University. It is led by Professor Pachalis Kitromilides (University of Athens) and Professor Tom Papademetriou (Stockton University).

Partner Organizations

Stockton University

Centre for Asia Minor Studies


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


The Asia Minor Travel Seminar is generously underwritten by the NY Life Insurance Company Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontos and Asia Minor at Hellenic College Holy Cross. All students selected to participate will receive a fellowship to cover most seminar related expenses.

The Summer Fellowship is worth approximately $5,000.00, which includes cost of hotel accommodations (shared double rooms), some meals, travel from Athens-Kayseri-Ankara-Bursa-Istanbul-Athens, and tours. Each participant will receive a reimbursement for up to $1,500 for International (US/Athens round-trip) travel. Final reimbursement of $250 will be released upon submission of final paper. 


Applications will be announced and reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until filled.

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.

Additional Information

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.

For additional information about the program, please contact Helene Taylor at htaylor@hchc.edu or 617.850.1213.