Welcome to the Macedonian Front Conference


From Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 May 2018 the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will hold an international conference marking the 100 years since the end of the First World War. This will take place in Thessaloniki at The Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation, next to the campus of the Aristotle University.

The Aristotle University, King’s College London, the Imperial War Museum and the British School at Athens are all represented on the Organising Committee. The event will be under the auspices of the British Embassy Athens. Our aim is to offer the public of Thessaloniki, especially university students, a conference of a high scholarly level, which will promote the knowledge and sustain the memory of the First World War, a momentous event for the history of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece and indeed all the European countries involved. The emphasis will be on the ‘other’ aspects of the Great War, i.e. political, economic, social and cultural, without neglecting military operations or diplomacy. Parallel events will include an exhibition of documents and photographs organised at the Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece.

We hope you will find this website useful. If you have comments or questions you can contact us at our email address.

The Members of the Organising Committee

Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith
Former British Ambassador, Athens
Visiting Professor, King’s College London
Vice President, The British School at Athens 

Basil C. Gounaris, Professor of Modern History
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Ioannis D. Stefanidis, Professor of Diplomatic History
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Roderick Beaton, FBA
Koraes Professor of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature
Director, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College, London
Member of Council, The British School at Athens

Alan Wakefield
Head of First World War & Early 20th Century History
Imperial War Museum

Vlasis Vlasidis, Assistant Professor of Political Communication & Mass Media
University of Macedonia