Antonia (Ada) Dialla
Visiting Fellow, Fall 2019
Dr. 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. She was a visiting researcher at the Russian Academy of Science (St Petersburg), at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and at the Jordan Center for Advanced Studies in Russia of New York University. She is a member of the Scientific Committee and the Editorial board of the journal Historein. A Review of the Past and Other Stories. She is a founding member and chairman of the Athens based Governing Board of the Research Center for the Humanities. She is a member of the Supervisory Committee of the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice. 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).
The project based on the Russian, Greek and British archives aims to re-center the Greek Revolution of 1821 by placing it in the midst of a longer revolutionary narrative and in the middle of a new global politics. The emphasis will be on the Russian-Greek nexus, especially as it developed in the understudied but formative years 1815-1821. In doing so it will expand the geographic scope of the Greek Revolution and it will incorporate the Russian and Eurasian perspective as a byway to the global perspective.
Although the perspective of empire is not the only way to examine global history, for this project it is very useful, because during the Age of Revolutions, big empires, such as the British, Dutch, Austrian, Russian and Ottoman, were strongly entangled, shaping the entire world. Indeed, not only were empires more complex than we seem to realize, but they were at the zenith of their clout and influence in parallel with their “nemesis”, the nation-state which was becoming the preferred model of statehood. By perceiving the Greek Revolution from a Russian and Eurasian perspective, the project tries to expand the space of intellectual exchanges and intercommunication during the Age of Revolutions. In doing so it aims at tracing a more complex and polycentric European historical-intellectual map, which includes the southern (Mediterranean) and the northern/Russian/Eurasian experience. Thus we will hopefully end up with a more polycentric perception of the Age of Revolutions stretching from the Americas to the Caspian, and from Lebanon to St. Petersburg. In the midst of it all, and hardly in its margins, was Greece and what Greece was to become the prototype nation-state in Europe and beyond.