Konstantina Zanou is joining Columbia University in Fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Italian, specializing in Mediterranean Studies. She has previously held fellowships and taught at the University of Nicosia, New York University, Centre for Advanced Studies Sofia Bulgaria, Queen Mary University of London and Université Paris-Est Créteil. She has just completed a book titled Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1830: Stammering the Nation, which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Intellectual history; exile and nationalism in 19th century Mediterranean and Europe.
Mediterranean Diasporas: Politics and Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century (co-ed.), Bloomsbury, 2015.
Andrea Mustoxidi : nostalgie, poésie populaire et philhellénisme, Philhellénismes et transferts culturels dans l’Europe du XIXe siècle, Revue Germanique Internationale, 2005.
Nostalgia, self-exile and the national idea: The case of Andrea Mustoxidi and the early-19th-century Heptanesians of Italy, Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle: Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
This project explores the fascinating and truly global lives of two brothers: Luigi and Alessandro Palma di Cesnola (1832–1904 and 1840–1914). Born into an impoverished Italian noble family in Piedmont, Luigi and Alessandro spent time in several corners of the globe (Russia, the United States, Latin America, the Ottoman Empire), transforming themselves from international fighters to explorers and from diplomats to archeologists and merchants of antiquities. The project aspires to produce a book which will straddle the boundaries between biography, family stories and global history, offering an account of Southern Europe, the Ottoman Mediterranean, and their transatlantic interconnections in the long nineteenth century, through an exchange between a micro- and a macro-historical point of view. It also combines cultural, economic, and political history, in order to study the emergence of archeology at the intersection of nationalism, imperialism and financial speculation. Finally, it is a project that aspires to explore the subtle frontier between international fighting, adventurism, diplomacy and business.