Conference for Postgraduate Students, Doctoral Candidates and Young Researchers

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The Balkan States during World War II (1939-1945)

Thessaloniki, 17-18 March 2018

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018

09:00 – 09:20   Opening – Welcoming addresses

Morning Sessions

1st SESSION: Historiography and Memory of WWII in the Balkan States

09:20 – 09:40   Valentina Pricopie – Cristina Dâmboeanu, WW2 in Romanian Social Remembering. A Methodological framework

09:40 – 10:00   Magda Patsona – Dimitris Pesic-Mavidis, New and old methodology issues in Greek historiography: The Kisah Batzak case   

10:00 – 10:30   Discussion

10:30 – 11:00   Break

2nd SESSION: Educational and cultural aspects of WWII in the Balkans (Part I)

11:00 – 11:20   Chrysanthi Tasiou, Art in the Balkans during the Second World War 

11:20 – 11:40   Claire Tsakiris, The image of Greek Jew in Greek war movies (1945-1980)

11:40 – 12:00   Maria Fotouchou, The Serres Heroon: A case study of historic interpretation   

12:00 – 12:30   Discussion

3rd SESSION: Educational and cultural aspects of WWII in the Balkans (Part II)

12:30 – 12:50   Angeliki Ntouska, Greek education in the Greek national minority of Northern Epirus during the occupation (1939-1945)

12:50 – 13:10   Jelena Cvetkovikj, Cultural and Educational Aspects of Yugoslavia’s Resistance during World War II: The Shades of Ideology

13:10 – 13:30   Panagiotis Fragkiadakis – Errikos Papadopoulos, Nazi Germany and Soft Power: Strategies of Cultural Penetration in Greece, 1939-1945

13:30 – 14:00   Discussion

Afternoon Sessions

4th SESSION: Women in War and Resistance

16:00 – 16:20   Chara Karagiannaki- Michaloglou, “This was our Liberation”. Women of the Resistance in Greece and Yugoslavia 

16:20 – 16:40   Sofia Tatidou, The mobilization of women in Greco-Italian War (1940-1941) 

16:40 – 17:00   Discussion

5th SESSION: The economies of the Balkan states during WWII

17:00 – 17:20   Aleksandar Rakonjac, German exploitation of Yugoslav mines in the Second World War (1941-1945) 

17:20 – 17:40   Petar Dobrev, Dobrudja at War: The effects of WWII on Big Landownership  

17:40 – 18:00   Discussion

18:00 – 18:30   Break

6th SESSION: British policy in the Balkans during WWII

18:30 – 18:50   Christos Bouris, The British Military Expedition to Greece in 1941: Strategically effective or a diversion from the North-African front?  

18:50 – 19:10   Dragan Bakić, Blind Αmbitions or British Intelligence Input?: The 27 March 1941 Coup d’ etat in Belgrade and Yugoslav Army Officers

19:10 – 19:30   Foteini Tsironi, “Waiting for the miracle to come”. The British tactics to keep Bulgaria neutral (1939-1941)

19:30 – 20:00   Discussion

SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018

Morning Sessions

1st SESSION: The Shoah in the Balkans

09:00 – 09:20   Esilda Luku, Some aspects of Albania’s stance towards Jews during the Second World War (1939-1944) 

09:20 – 09:40   Goran Miljan, The “Ideal Nation – State” for the “Ideal New Croat”: Fascism and Holocaust in the Independent State of Croatia, 1941-1945    

09:40 – 10:00   Leon Saltiel, The Holocaust of the Jews of Thessaloniki through the Clandestine Press of PEAN

10:00 – 10:20   Maria Fragkou, The destruction of Jewish communities in the Balkan Peninsula: Interethnic conflict, social differentiation, casual effects and mass violence

10:20 – 11:00   Discussion

11:00 – 11:30   Break

2nd SESSION: Occupation, Resistance and Collaboration in the Balkans during WWII

11:30 – 11:50   Boris Tomanić, The anthropology of crime – Mass killing of Yugoslav population committed by military units of the Third Reich  

11:50 – 12:10   Thomas Kassaras, Balkan volunteers in the Wehrmacht and the SS

12:10 – 12:30   Evangelos Karatzis, Separating victory from defeat: A comparative analysis of AVNOJ-NOV and EAM-ELAS strategy

12:30 – 12:50   Lazaros Vasileiadis, The villages Purgi and Mesovouno during the German occupation: The presentation of the Holocaust through oral testimonies

12:50 – 13:30   Discussion

Afternoon Sessions

3rd SESSION: Political and military aspects of WWII in the Balkans

16:00 – 16:20   Evangelos Sitos, The occupation of North Epirus by the Greek Army at the end of the 1940 after the repulsion of the Italian forces in Albania and the impact at the Greek press 

16:20 – 16:40   Georgios Polychrous, “The Metaxas Line”: A wise choice or a costly mistake?

16:40 – 17:00   Miloš Žikić, Commanding cadre of the Royal Yugoslav Army in the April War in 1941

17:00 – 17:20   Emmanouil Emmanuelides, The Greek revisionism in the Balkans, 1941-1945

17:20 – 18:00   Discussion

18:00 – 18:30   Break

4th SESSION: The Aftermath of the War

18:30 – 18:50   Dimitris Koutsouris, Aspects of the December 1944 crisis in Salonika: Approaching Giorgos Modis’ experience through his correspondence 

18:50 – 19:10   Michalis Sarras, The Social Preconditions of the Greek Civil War: The Case of Epirus

19:10 – 19:30   Pavlos Serafeim, The Orthodox Church during the end of WWII

19:30 – 19:50   Georgios Ioannides, In the aftermath of war: The Soviet factor and the formation of post war Romania, 1944-1947

19:50 – 20:30   Discussion