Reclaiming the Land: Belonging, Place, and Environmental Transformation in Western Thessaly

PI: Huw Halstead (BSA Macmillan-Rodewald Student 2017-18/St Andrews)

This project explored the effects on local inhabitants’ sense of place of an extensive land reclamation and redistribution scheme undertaken by the Greek state in the plain of Karditsa in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Through oral history, archival sources, and ethnographic field walks, the research uncovered a salient local memory of the land reclamation/redistribution as a positive and modernising development that saved locals from a life of poverty, tempered, nevertheless, by a sense of loss over the way things were before the environmental changes.