Memories of Bonegilla: A Narrative of Migration and Modernity

By Eugenia Arvanitis.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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This article presents the sociohistorical narrative told by Zacharias Vogiazopoulos in his book 'Memories of Bonegilla: Recollections of an Insider'. It also presents the core research methodology as well as it analyses the framing concept of this book, which is the personal reflection on migration and modernity and the sense of reciprocity (Singh, 2002) amongst migrants. Finally, the article explores the contribution of different sociocultural practices and discourses to the so-called community building.

Keywords: Australian Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, Oral History, Community Building, Reflective Writing, Migration and Modernity

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.157-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 522.376KB).

Dr. Eugenia Arvanitis

Research Associate, RMIT University, Greek Ministry of Education, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Eugenia Arvanitis was born on the Ionian island of Lefkada in Greece. She graduated from the Department of Elementary School Education at the University of Ioannina, Greece in 1992. In 2001 Eugenia became the first international doctoral exchange student to complete a Doctoral Thesis in Education at RMIT (Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. As part of her studies she has been involved in research on Greek ethnic schools in Australia. Her research interests include multicultural educational policy and practice; ethnic community development and identity; community building education, and teachers’ training. She has attended and presented papers at several conferences in Australia and overseas. Between 2001 and 2004 Eugenia co-ordinated and taught the Greek Language and Cultural Studies Program at the School of International and Community Studies, and was employed as the Manager of the Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Center at RMIT University, Melbourne. In November 2004 Eugenia was offered the position of Research Associate at the Globalism Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne. As part of her role Eugenia works with Professor Mary Kalantzis in developing a Learning Competency/Accreditation & Quality Assurance Frameworks for the Greek Ministry of Education (Secretariat of Adult Education). She finally engages in professional training for the Greek Adult Educational System, academic and publication activities.

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