Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece
Thursday, April 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
HCGM Head Office, “Mikri Vouli”
5777 Wilderton av. Montreal, H3S 2V7

The speaker: Gonda Van Steen, Cassas Professor in Greek Studies, University of Florida
Presenter: Dr. Tassos Anastassiadis, Modern Greek Studies, McGill University

Event is followed by a reception.

Invitation (click to enlarge)

The talk offers a first introduction to Greek American adoption ethnography, set against the backdrop of the global Cold War.

It is the first project to study the biopolitics of the adoption movement from Greece to the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

The vehicle of the mass international adoptions of Greek-born children symbolically (and no less physically) marked the transition to a new political and ideological status quo that sought to balance the democratic West against the communist East–but at what cost?

This overseas adoption movement places a fitting lens on American as well as Greek foreign policies, security concerns, refugee provisions, and other external affairs, which were integral parts of the Cold War project.

The mass adopting-out of Greek children to America proves to be the most concrete example of the politics of dependence on the United States.

The Greek adoptees’ (shaken) identities have infused the lived experiences of their descendants, and they co-exist, in multiple ways, with American and European transnational identities; they also prove that the personal and the political stories of postwar global history intersect.

This is the reason this talk connects with immigration from Greece.

Source: Ελληνική Κοινότης Μείζονος Μοντρεάλ