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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.132

Negotiating space: narratives of Greek Alexandrian women


  • Dr. Eirini CHRYSOCHERI

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This paper focuses on the Greek community of Alexandria in Egypt, a socially- and territorially- bounded diaspora entity. The aim is to explore culturally defined concepts of identity and space among Greek Alexandrians, particularly in relation to the major social, political and economic events that followed Nasser's revolution of 1952 and brought about significant social and spatial transformations within the Greek Alexandrian community. Through the analyses of visual material collected during fieldwork, the paper elaborates on women's personal narratives and offers some insights regarding the spatial and social boundaries of the Greek community before and after the 1952 revolution. Studing the creation of new borders, it also seeks to reveal how restriction to, and isolation within, the ""golden cage"" of Greek areas is both willingly embraced and a source of frustration for Greek women living in Alexandria today. The paper concludes by outlining how spatial and ideological boundaries overlap and how they are shifted and defended by Greek -and non- Greek inhabitants of the city.