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The Lausanne Moment 100 Years On: Interdisciplinary Interventions

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Thematic focus

  • Political History
  • Transnational History
  • Cultural History
  • Local History
  • Secondary Schools
  • History Didactics / Teaching Practices
  • Inclusive History Education
  • Teaching Sensitive Histories
  • Transnational and International Cooperations
  • History of Migration
  • History of National Minorities
  • Institutional and Legal Frameworks of History Education
  • Remembrance / Collective Memory
  • Cross-regional
  • Middle East
  • Eastern Europe
  • 1918-1939 (“Interwar Period”)
  • 21st Century






Thessaloniki, University of Macedonia


9 - 11 November 2023




A century after the signing of the Lausanne Treaty and the forced population exchanges it endorsed, the Lausanne moment continues to shape international politics and debates surrounding sovereignty, migration, security, and identity. While the Lausanne Treaty is one of the few treaties of the interwar period that have withstood the passage of time, perceptions of the Treaty have been less stable. The “unmixing” of communities, considered a valid peace-making tool in 1923 has come to be seen as mutual “ethnic cleansing.” Meanwhile in Turkey, fierce debate swirls around whether Lausanne should be considered a Turkish ‘victory’ or a ‘defeat’. In Greece aspects of the treaty, such as the jurisdiction of the mufti to apply Sharia law in Western Thrace have faced solid legal criticism. Even as regional stability appears to be under threat, many insist that the treaty is a bastion of peace not to be touched. Discussion of the revisability (or not) of the treaty was enough to create a Greek-Turkish diplomatic incident. The conference aims to bridge the divide isolating the disciplines that have addressed the Lausanne treaty.


The Lausanne Project