Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora

November 1, 2021

The Program in Modern Greek Studies, Department of Music, and the Center for Middle East Studies invite you to join us for Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora, a lecture and musical performance presented by Panayotis League from The Florida State University. This event will take place Friday, November 19, at 5:30 pm (EST), in Pembroke Hall, room 305.

In this presentation, Dr. League explores the legacy of the 'Great Catastrophe', the expulsion from Turkey of 1.5 million Greek Christians following the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922—through the music and dance practices of Greek refugees and their descendants over the last one hundred years, drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research conducted on the island of Lesvos and the Greater Boston area. Through analysis of handwritten music manuscripts, homemade audio recordings, and contemporary live performances, Dr. League traces the routes of repertoire, style, and intercommunal values over generations and back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, investigating the ways that the particular musical traditions of the Anatolian Greek community have contributed to their understanding of their place in the global Greek diaspora and the wider post-Ottoman world.

Dr. Panayotis League is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University, and Associate in Ethnomusicology and Folkloric Studies at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies. His first monograph was recently published by University of Michigan Press, and he performs traditional Greek (and other) music throughout Greece, Europe, and the Americas.

We are very excited to finally host an in-person event again!  We want to ensure everyone's health and safety by anticipating the approximate audience size, so please complete the registration form if you plan to attend the event. 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].  We look forward to seeing you!


Brown University abides by public health guidance and health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event, including current University policy regarding face masks and coverings (see the University’s COVID-19 Campus Activity Status page for the current policy for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals).