Writing the Self in Mediterranean History

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Konstantina Zanou, Assistant Professor of Italian, Columbia University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

In this talk, Konstantina Zanou places herself together with the figures of some obscure—and less obscure—intellectuals who lived along the coasts of the Adriatic Sea and Eastern Europe in the first half of the nineteenth century, in order to understand how she came about to write her recent book Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850: Stammering the Nation (Oxford University Press 2018). In treating herself and her topic as two parallel stories which developed simultaneously, she attempts to answer some questions concerning biography, mobility, transnationalism and Mediterranean intellectual history.

Konstantina Zanou is Assistant Professor of Italian, specializing in Mediterranean Studies, in the Italian Department at Columbia University. She is a historian of the long nineteenth century in the Mediterranean. Her research focuses on issues of intellectual and literary history, biography, and microhistory, with a special emphasis on Italy and Greece. She is also a student of modern diasporas and of the trajectories and ideas of people on the move. Her book Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850: Stammering the Nation (Oxford University Press 2018) won the 2019 Edmund Keeley Book Prize. She has also co-edited (with Maurizio Isabella) the volume Mediterranean Diasporas: Politics and Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury 2016).

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