What did the 1821 Revolution mean for the Greeks who never set foot on the soil of what was now becoming Greece? In this talk, Konstantina Zanou focuses on the case of an obscure intellectual from the Ionian Islands who spent his life in Italy, Mario Pieri (1776–1852), hoping  to tell something about the perceptions of the war from a position far removed from the theatre of battle, as well as of the impact that the Greek Revolution and the European philhellenisms had on the peoples of the ‘Greek diasporas’, reshaping even the very meaning of this notion.

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. She is the author of Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850: Stammering the Nation (Oxford, 2019) and the co-editor (with Maurizio Isabella) of Mediterranean Diasporas: Politics and Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury 2016).

Supported by the Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund