The aim of my presentation is to examine the construction of the notion of Europe not from a West-East perspective but from a more complex geographical and conceptual vantage point, including the North and the South in relation to the West and East and more specificaly from the point of view of the Greek Orthodox and Russian worlds in the Post Napoleonic Era. Following the political, religious and intellectual activity of two expatriates and close friends Alexander Sturdza and Konstantinos Oikonomos my study explores how the idea of Europe was visited and how these two intellectuals and politicians negotiated and re-negotiated to what extent their respective communities (Russian and Greek) were part of Europe with religion as the central axis and the notions of the Orthodox World and Orthodox East in the arsenal of both.
Ada Dialla is Associate Professor of European History at the Department of Theory and History of Art, School of Fine Arts (Athens) and until recently was chair of the Department. She has studied History at the School of History, State University of Moscow (Lοmonosov) (B.A. and M.Sc.), at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens and at the Department of Political Science of the University of Athens. From 2004 until 2009 she was the director of the Historical Archives of the University of Athens. Her main research interests are 19th and 20th century Russian and European history and politics (with emphasis on transnational history, Empire and Nationalism), Russian-Greek trans-cultural relations, history of humanitarian interventions and Humanitarianism, and Russian/Soviet history of historiography. Her recent book is co-authored with Alexis Heraclides and is entitled Humanitarian Intervention in the Long Nineteenth Century. Setting the Precedent (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015).