Free Virtual Seminar: Bizim PAOK – Our PAOK: Refugees, Sports, and Venizelism in Interwar Thessaloniki
Speaker: Lukas Tsiptios
PAOK, the Panthessalonian Sports Club of Constantinopolitans is the main club of Northern Greece. It is commonly related to the history of the Asia Minor refugees in Thessaloniki. But if the club is still carrying a « refugee memory », the history of its foundation is usually forgotten. The aim of this presentation is to do a social history of Thessaloniki in the Interwar period through PAOK, by following the paths of the Constantinopolitan elite that founded the club. Using a sports club as a research object reveals new ways of understanding the social configuration of Thessaloniki in the Interwar Period. By this way, sports are linked with the issue of integration of the refugees, their politicization by the Venizelist movement, but also more generally with the conquest and the Hellenization of Macedonia.
Lukas Tsiptsios is a French-Greek historian at the École Normale Supérieure - Paris, he studied history and political science at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, in the same institution where he completed his Master in History of International Relations with a thesis on PAOK in the Interwar period. This last year, he was a teaching fellow at the French Department of Columbia University, New York. His research interests are around the history of the post-Ottoman World at the beginning of the 20th century: Asia Minor Greeks and refugees, Megali Idea, the building of the nation-state, etc. Let’s say the transition period between the empire and the nation state. In 2019 he also edited an anthology of Les Lettres françaises with Guillaume Roubaud-Quashie.