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Title Framing diaspora politics and identity during the military dictatorship

Framing diaspora politics and identity during the military dictatorship* This paper utilises the concept of diaspora nationalism to open up the history of Greek-Australian political mobilisation against the Colonels’ dictatorship in Greece (1967- 1974). It focuses particularly on the extensive activities of the Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Greece (CRDG), a resistance organisation established across the globe during the period, whose largest Australian branches were based in Sydney and Melbourne. As such this paper engages the notion of (a) long-distance or transnational nationalism - a state which involves complex cultural, political, and symbolic processes and practices, and (b) the adaptability of nationalism to new social conditions or to a transnational environment. It also engages the concept of liminality in the effort to disentangle the politics of migrant identity. To the extent that Australian - based resistance organisations were primarily communist-led or dominated, this project also encompasses an important aspect of the post (Civil) war history of the Greek left. Finally, this project was partly inspired by and makes extensive use of the CRDG archive located at the University of Melbourne. * This research has grown out of a larger project which examines the historical links between May 1968 in Europe and North America, the pro-democracy student movement in Greece, and the subsequent women’s movement.

Primary author
Margaret Poulos