The seminar will introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the history of the Christian communities that existed in late Ottoman Asia Minor. The seminar will be set in the Center for Asia Minor Studies, under the direction of Prof. Tom Papademetriou and Prof. Paschalis Kitromilides, with a focus on the oral history accounts of refugees recounting life in their Asia Minor villages prior to their uprooting by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923. The second portion of the seminar will be a trip to the western coast of Asia Minor (Turkey) to Izmir (Smyrna), Ephesus, Ayvalik, Junda (Moskonisia), Bergama (Pergamon), Bursa (Prousa), Iznik (Nicaea), and Istanbul (Constantinople). The seminar will visit Greek Orthodox settlements and villages that were encountered in the archives, examining the settlement conditions, and the physical remains of churches and residences. The seminar will also visit the Byzantine church of St. Panteleimon in Nilufer, Bursa. The seminar may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit through Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
June 5 – June 23, 2023
CAMS-Athens (Athens Hotel)
Late night flight to Izmir (Izmir hotel)
Ephesus and Izmir (Izmir hotel)
Bergama and Ayvalik (Ayvalik hotel)
Ayvalik and Junda (Moskonisia) (Ayvalik hotel)
Bus to Bursa – stop in local Rum villages on way (Bursa hotel)
Bursa – St. Panteleimon and Rum villages (Bursa hotel)
Bursa-Visit to Mt. Uludag and Rum villages
Morning in Iznik – tour of Iznik (Nicaea) – Afternoon bus to Istanbul
Early morning checkout – full-day tour of Istanbul – Depart for airport at 6:30pm
CAMS-Athens (Athens Hotel)
A follow-up Zoom meeting or two as needed
The goals of the seminar are:
Most participant expenses for the Summer Asia Minor Travel Seminar will be covered by the NY Life Insurance Company Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor at Hellenic College Holy Cross.
The Summer Fellowship is worth approximately $5,000.00, which includes cost of hotel accommodations (shared double rooms), some meals, travel from Athens to Western Turkey (Izmir, Ayvalik, Bergama, Bursa, Iznik, and Istanbul), and tours. Each participant will receive a reimbursement of up to $1,500 for international (US-Athens round-trip) travel. Final reimbursement of $250 will be released upon submission of final paper.
Each student accepted as a Summer Fellow is required to pay a $750.00 registration fee. Travel arrangements to and from the United States are the responsibility of each participant. Student participants are responsible for their international travel to/from Athens.
All participants must comply with the standards and practices set forth by the Stockton University Office of International Studies. Upon acceptance into the seminar, students will be responsible for the payment of the $750.00 fee due when registering online with the Stockton College Global Engagement Office website.
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.