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3rd International Congress of Pontic Studies

 

with the general title:

 

“Pontus in the late Ottoman Empire (1774-1908) 

Society and Economy”

 

Thessaloniki, 18-20 November 2016

 

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

 

 

The economic, social and political changes in the Ottοman Empire, which, under the relentless European pressure, especially after the second half of the 18th century, necessitated the need for reforms, decisively affected the life of the residents in the area of Pontus. The freedom of navigation in the Black sea revitalized the shipping traffic to the local ports. Samsun became the most important export hub for the inland products, while Trebizond transformed into the largest retailing centre for exported goods coming from Persia, as well as for the import of manufactured products from Western Europe.

Apart from the demographic changes and turbulences, that is to say the forced resettlement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Caucasus, caused by the military conflicts between the bordering Orthodox Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire during the same period, the vicinity of the Russian state constituted a continuous challenge and invitation for the Greeks and the Armenians of Pontus to migrate. Moreover, the activities of Catholic and Protestant missionaries in the land of Pontus occasionally caused further upheavals among the local Orthodox and Armenian communities.

The presence of foreigners in the region, their economic and political competitions, the decline of the central authority, and the strengthening of the national identity of the Christian population, foreboded the forthcoming developments.

The objective of this International Conference is the scientific approach to issues associated with the multiple effects and aftereffects of the aforementioned changes, with the aim of giving an opportunity to both old and new scholars to discuss the findings of their recent studies, to illuminate uncharted so far fields and to get answers to new questions.

 

Subject areas: 

  • Population stratification, Ethnic groups, Ottoman citizens, Citizens of foreign countries, Protégés

  • Demographic Data-Population movements

  • Religious organization, Foreign propaganda, Christian confessions

  • Ideological trends

  • Collective organization of millets

  • Press and publications

  • Diplomatic representation-Consulates

  • Trade: Commercial networks-foreign merchant houses-delegations

  • Land and Peasant

  • Manufacturing

  • Industries

  • Banking

 

The conference official languages will be Greek and English.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Thessaloniki!

 

Τhe Scientific Committee

Artemis Xanthopoulou-Kyriakou, Emeritus Professor

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Dionysios Valais, Assosiate Professor

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Phokion Kotzageorgis, Assistant Professor

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Dimitrios Papastamatiou, Lecturer

Aristotle Universtity of Thessaloniki 

Antonia Kyriatzi, Lecturer

Aristotle Universtity of Thessaloniki 

Dr. Theodosios Kyriakidis

Aristotle Universtity of Thessaloniki 

Dr.Kyriakos Chatzikyriakidis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

 

The Organizing Committee 

Artemis Xanthopoulou-Kyriakou, Emeritus Professor

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Dr. Theodosios Kyriakidis

Aristotle Universtity of Thessaloniki 

Dr. Kyriakos Chatzikyriakidis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Nikolaos Misolidis, Phd Canditate 

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Theoxaris Anagnostopoulos,Phd Canditate

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki  

 

 

 

The Internartional Congress will be held in the Auditorium I  

 

Aristotle University Research and Dissemination Center Building 

 

3rd September Street / University Campus  

Thessaloniki 

 

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