Orfanidis Dorotheos

Educator, conservation scientist, visual artist & adult educator. Born in 1980 in Thessaloniki. Postdoctoral researcher at BSΟS, University of Macedonia, with postgraduate studies in Conservation of Artworks & Mechanisms, at Architecture Faculty(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), graduate of the Department of Fine & Applied Arts (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). My postdoctoral research has to do with the “Preservation of the Residential Reserve in Refugee Settlements of Central Macedonia. Tangible& Immaterial Cultural Heritage for Lifelong Learning. The case of the dynamic Map Estia”. I am associate lecturer of the Intercultural Education Seminar (University of Macedonia) and contract lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia. Educator in Primary Education, in Second Chance Highschools & in Public Institutes of Educational Training. My research interests concern the New Technologies, software and their educational utilization in Visual Arts, Public History, Monuments, Culture and Conservation Science. Creator of software and applications for culture and education (Lifelong, Formal & Non-Formal). Creator of the application for the monuments of Thessaloniki,named “Strolling Around Thessaloniki”.

“The Residential Reserve of the Refugee Settlements in Northern Greece. Innovative educational practices for the utilization of primary and secondary sources. Research, recording and promotion of New Technologies and digital educational tools for Lifelong Learning. The case of the dynamic map Estia”

Estia will digitise, represent, preserve, and make accessible both tangible and intangible dimensions of the Cultural Heritage due to the Refugee Settlements (RSs) and the Residential Reserve of the migrant population from Asia Minor and the area of Pontus, in the first of these settlement reserves which was established in the prefecture of Macedonia, in Greece. Residential Settlements span a wide range of tangible and intangible dimensions. Tangible dimensions include the architectural structures, as samples of folk architecture, as well as, the tools, equipment and machinery used for their construction. Intangible dimensions include the architectural design and building methods and skills, as processes of folk architecture from experienced practitioners. Residential Settlements carry elements of historic and social context from the place of origin of the refugees, as well as from the new location. This context includes knowledge on the family, social, professional, and economic life of these social groups, as well as their collective memories and value, to date orally transmitted. Their decoration and aesthetic design carry elements from the place of origin of these groups.Culture Heritage and the combination of our primary research material, with the help of Estia will create new narratives for refugee history. These narratives are intended to enhance cultural tourism products for that region and, in turn, stimulate funding for their preservation. Also, the corpus of knowledge that is represented will be employed in the creation of interactive digital maps, for Culture Heritage research, awareness, education, and cultural tourism services. The outcomes will be openly available on a research online platform that will exemplify how digitized and online representations of local Culture Heritage can be accessible for multple audiences and utilized in the sustainable preservation of Culture Heritage.

Key Words:
Public History, Asia Minor, Refugee Settlements, Oral History, Interactive Map, Architecture, Culture Heritage, Lifelong Learning, Macedonia, Residential Reserve