Visiting Fellow, Summer 2019
Violetta Hionidou is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Newcastle University, UK. She received her PhD from Liverpool University where she researched the Demographic History of the island of Mykonos in the period 1859 to 1959. Subsequently she researched the famine in Occupied Greece and her prize-winning monograph Famine and Death in Occupied Greece, 1941–1944, published by Cambridge University Press was translated and published in Greek in 2011. Violetta Hionidou’s interdisciplinary research interweaves historical demography, the history of the family, the history of medicine, oral history and the history of famines. She is currently finalising her monograph on Birth control and Abortion in Modern Greece, 1830-1967 before embarking on her new project on ‘Population movements in Occupied Greece: migration, displacement and their effects, 1941- 1946’. Hionidou has published widely in world-leading academic journals such as the Journal of Contemporary History, Population Studies, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Medical History, and Journal of Refugee Studies.
During my fellowship I have worked on my new project examining population movements during the Occupation years in Greece (1941-44) and beyond. I have utilized both the archival resources at Princeton but also the outstanding collection of Modern Greek books available there. Patterns of migration have started to emerge with a significant stream fleeing famine from the Aegean islands to Turkey and from there to the Middle East and Africa. I have investigated in my recently published paper in the Journal of Refugee Studies this refugee stream from the island of Chios and I have argued that before they left they had engaged in an elaborate and rational planning and decision making that led them to become refugees. During the fellowship I have been working on the expectations, thoughts and hopes of these same people as they were returning home in 1945-6. This research will constitute part of my new monograph. During the fellowship I have also finalized and submitted two book manuscripts: Abortion and Contraception in Modern Greece, 1830-1967 contracted to Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History series, Palgrave/Macmillan; and, H κατοχική πείνα μέσα απο προφορικές μαρτυρίες (The Greek Famine of the 1940s through Oral Histories), submitted to Patakis publishers.