Community symposium: The Greek language and the position of the Cypriot Greek dialect in the Greek Cypriot community of the UK
The Cyprus Educational Mission in the UK (KEA) and the University of Westminster co-organised an educational symposium on the subject of 'The Greek language and the position of the Cypriot Greek dialect in the Greek Cypriot community of the UK' on Sunday 11 June 2017 at The Cypriot Community Centre (Earlham Grove, Wood Green, London N22 5HJ) from 11am to 3pm.
The symposium brought together members of the UK’s Greek Cypriot parikia (‘expatriate community’), teachers and Heads of Greek schools, and academics working on bi-/multilingualism in an open discussion on the heritage languages of the community, the roles the two varieties play in the life of British Greek Cypriots and attitudes towards them, their position and values within the Greek complementary schools, and their future in the UK. The symposium featured presentations by academics of the University of Westminster, Goldsmiths (University of London), University of Cyprus and Open University of Cyprus as well as talks by teachers, parents and former students of London’s Greek schools in both Greek and English.
- Programme in English (PDF)
- Programme in Greek (PDF)
- Dr Petros Karatsareas' presentation – The linguistic profile of the Greek Cypriot parikia: repertoires, uses, attitudes (PDF)
- Mrs Maria Papalouca's presentation (in Greek) (PDF)
- Dr Elena Ioannidou's presentation – Performing 'language': the use of Cypriot Greek and standard Modern Greek in Greek Cypriot classrooms (PDF)
- Dr Stavroula Tsiplakou's presentation – What can pedagogies of translanguaging teach us about the relationship between language and dialect? (PDF)
- Dr Vally Lytra's presentation – Bridging languages, cultures and communities: the linguistic, cultural, social and economic significance of complementary schools in London (PDF)
- Ms Maria Charalambous' presentation (in Greek) (PDF)
- Press coverage in Eleftheria Greek newspaper, 15 June 2017 (PDF)
The photographs and the video recordings of the symposium were produced by Konstantinos Paraskevas ([email protected]).