A successful Scholarly Conference in Lerin

Melbourne, Toronto & Lerin (7/8/2015)

The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC), the European Free Alliance - Rainbow (Vinozito), Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) in Canada, OMO "Ilinden" PIRIN, and the European Free Alliance - EFA (Brussels) were honoured to host an international scholarly conference in the town of Lerin (Florina in Greek) from 16-19 July 2015 entitled Macedonia: On the Periphery of European Modernity.

The aim of this multidisciplinary conference was to make a substantial contribution to an understanding of modern Macedonian history from a variety of perspectives, including sociological, linguistic, anthropological and political. An attempt by members of an ultra-nationalist Greek organization to disrupt the conference on the first day was unsuccessful.

The conference, as well as the launch of the book The Greek Anti-Macedonian Struggle: Volume II (1905-1908) by Greek author Dimitris Lithoxou attracted the interest of Macedonians from a myriad of locales in Macedonia. The high quality of the delivered papers, will result in an academic publication that will prove useful in tertiary institutions and beyond.

The AMHRC, MHRMI and all of its co-organizers would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the speakers and attendees in general, though especially to those from among the Macedonian minority in Greece.

Lastly, special thanks are due to the following sponsors of the conference for their generous financial support: Macedonian Community of WA (Inc.) (Perth, Australia); Macedonian Orthodox Community of Newcastle and District (Newcastle, Australia); Macedonian Orthodox Community of the City of Wollongong “St Dimitrija Solunski” (Wollongong, Australia); Macedonian Orthodox Community of Geelong “St John the Baptist” (Geelong, Australia); Macedonian Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (St.George, Epping); European Free Alliance (Brussels) and certain generous, anonymous individuals from the Macedonian community in Australia.

Established in 1984, the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) is a non-governmental organisation that informs and advocates before international institutions, governments and broader communities about combating racism and promoting human rights. Our aspiration is to ensure that Macedonian communities and other excluded groups throughout the world, are recognised, respected and afforded equitable treatment. For more information please visit www.macedonianhr.org.au, email info@macedonianhr.org.au or via +61 3 9329 8960.

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information: www.mhrmi.org, twitter.com/mhrmi, facebook.com/mhrmi, info@mhrmi.org, +1 416-850-7125.