PHOTO above is Anatolia (Modern Turkey) … estimated placement of peoples (for illustration purpose only)
Return to Anatolia Conference 2008
"The Women of Anatolia"
– Keepers of traditions
– Holders of memory
– Stalwart of Family
Saturday 3rd of MAY 2008, 1pm
Clock Tower Centre
750 Mt Alexander Rd
Moonee Ponds 3039
Entry is FREE
(Tea / coffee will be served)
MANY THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR SPONSORS –
Map of Clock Tower IN Melbourne AU
The “Return to Anatolia Conference” Organising Committee is comprised of representatives of three vibrant local communities, all of whose origins stem from the geographical region of Anatolia, namely, the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek communities of Melbourne.
The term ‘Anatolia’ means different things to different people. It is the birthplace of philosophy, the setting for the legend of Troy, the home of the Amazons, the crucible in which civilizations and religions co-existed, shared their knowledge and celebrated diversity. If we consider that Noah’s Ark landed on Mt Ararat, which marks the eastern-most extent of Anatolia, then Anatolia constitutes the symbolic cradle of all of mankind.
Sadly, the modern day history of Anatolia has also been fraught with conflict, intolerance and internecine strife, culminating in the extirpation of much of the native Christian culture and population of Anatolia. It is a testament to the tolerant and multi-cultural fabric of our society that dispossessed Anatolians of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek extraction were able to migrate to Australia and make a long-lasting commitment to their new country, whilst maintaining the memory and tradition of their place of origin.
‘Return to Anatolia’ therefore seeks to explore, celebrate and assess the common cultural and historical heritage of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek-Australians whose origins lie in Anatolia. In celebrating diversity and that which unites us as Australians, we decry all forms of totalitarianism, intolerance and racism. In doing so, we affirm and re-commit to those values that have made Australia such a unique, multi-faceted and harmonious society. Professional historians have been engaged to assist us in this exploration and affirmation .