Talk by Dr Stefanos Katsikas: "Residents, but not Citizens: The Muslim Populations of Greece, 1821-1912"

Author: CSSH
Time: 17:30
Location: SOS Z27

In 2021 Greeks in Greece and around the world will be celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the start of the Greek Revolution in March 1821, which eleven years later, in 1832, led to the establishment of Modern Greece as an independent state. During the past two hundred years historiographical literature has been growing bigger and bigger, but despite its growth there is not much known about the life of the Muslim populations of Greece from 1821 to 1912: How was their life organized? What was their political and social status and how were they ruled in the new state? How did the Muslim populations cope in the new political, economic and social environment of Greek nationalism and Greek nation- and state-building? These are some of the questions that my presentation will answer as it will aim to explore why the life of the Muslims during this period has been in the shadows of Greek historiography. The presentation will draw on my current research project “Islam and Nationhood in Modern Greece, 1821-1941”, which will be published as a single-authored book by Oxford University Press and explores the life of the Muslim populations of Greece from the start of the Greek War of Independence to the eve of the Second World War and their relationship with the Greek state and other religious and ethnic groups in the country (e.g. Jews, Armenians, Roman Catholics).


Biographical Note: Dr. Stefanos Katsikas is Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies and Research Associate Professor at the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a BA (Hons) in History (valedictorian of his class) from the Ionian University (Corfu, Greece), a Master’s degree in Southeastern European Studies from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at the University College London (UCL) and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences with focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe from SSEES, UCL. His research interests lie in the field of Modern and Contemporary History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. He has published three books, numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and has presented findings of his research in academic conferences, seminars and workshops in the US, Canada and Europe. His research projects have often been supported by university and external funding. Dr. Katsikas is currently working on his fourth book entitled “Islam and Nationhood in Greece, 1821-1941”, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He has appeared on TV and radio programs in Europe and the US for his research and for outreach purposes for the Program in Modern Greek Studies. Prior to Illinois, Dr. Katsikas held academic positions at the University College London, University of Nottingham and Goldsmiths College at the University of London.