Imaging the materiality of a diaspora: Recording the biographies of Greek Orthodox church buildings in London

Konstantinos P Trimmis, Demetri Salapatas, Christina Marini

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Abstract

The materiality of world diasporas – in every form, from landmark features to everyday objects – is a relatively modern approach towards studying the diasporas' relationship with both homeland and hostland. Photo narratives and various modes of imaging can be employed to better record, assess and disseminate the narratives of diasporic lifeways in terms of their material culture. This article examines how Greek Orthodox communities have altered Western denomination church buildings in London to serve their spiritual and community needs. The new, amalgamated characteristics are described, while the debate around the role these religious communities should play in the hostland is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalAnthropology Today
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2021

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© 2021 The Authors. Anthropology Today published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Anthropological Institute.

Keywords

  • Greek Diaspora
  • contemporary archaeology
  • street photography
  • materiality
  • Greek Orthodox Church
  • Thyateira
  • London communities

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