dr. Andonis Piperoglou has been announced as the inaugural Hellenic Senior Lecturer in Global Diasporas at the University of Melbourne; he will join the university in mid-July 2022.
The role, which sits in the Faculty of Arts, will coordinate and provide education on aspects of Hellenic culture and will engage with the general public about the relevance of Hellenism and its contributions to the contemporary understanding of multiculturism and the experience of diasporic communities.
dr. Piperoglou grew up in the land of Ngunnawal (Canberra) and has a Cypriot and Castellorizian cultural heritage. He completed a PhD in history from La Trobe University (Melbourne), taught history and politics at the Australian Catholic University (Sydney) and was a Research Associate in History at Flinders University. He comes to the University of Melbourne with an impressive catalog of publications, including a forthcoming book Greek Migrant Settlers: Inclusion, Exclusion and Settler Colonialism 1890-1930 due next year.
Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean of the Arts, said: “This position is supported by a $2.5 million funding from the Australian Government and I am delighted that Dr Piperoglou will join us in this pivotal role which will enable us to in deeper ways than ever before. We are thrilled to be working with the Greek community of Melbourne to build philanthropic support that will ensure these activities thrive and make a difference, both inside and outside the university.”
Mr Bill Papastergiadis OAM, Chairman of the Melbourne Greek Community, said: “Education is a cornerstone of Greek culture, particularly for the diaspora, and this position is a testament to the importance and relevance of the Greek diaspora in both the past as well as the future development of our multicultural cosmopolitan society.”
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Piperoglou: “As a historian specializing in histories of Greek diasporization in Australia, I’m really looking forward to starting in this role. In particular, I am very excited to work with Melbourne-based Greek institutions to contribute to the promotion of Greek diaspora cultures through art, music and exhibitions.”