The Program in Modern Greek Studies will hold a lecture on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 presented by Konstantina Zanou from Columbia University, Writing the Self in Mediterranean History.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:00pm
Writing the Self in Mediterranean History
Where: Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Description: Lecture by Konstantina Zanou, Columbia University
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 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, 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) has 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).