The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation organizes a Round Table Discussion on the concept of national literature on the occasion of K. Zanou’s book:

Stuttering the Nation

Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850, (ed. Alexandria 2022).

The event will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 18.30 at  the Historical Library of the Foundation, 2nd Division 36 & Akti Moutsopoulou, in Piraeus.

The book presents the story of a generation of Ionian intellectuals, creators and political figures – from Hugo Foskolos, Kalvos and Solomos to Kapodistrias, Andreas Moustoksidis and Nikolos Tomazeo, who experienced the collapse of the Venetian State and the dissolution of the common cultural and political space of the Adriatic. Eminent witnesses of the long transition from a world of empires to a world of nation-states, they contributed to the emergence of Greek and Italian nationalism, decisively shaping their vocabulary.

The presentations will move through concepts such as ethnicity, ethnotism, nationalism, patriotism, enlightenment, liberalism, internationalism and will try, through short stories, to illuminate big questions. How  is the nation defined? What was the link between western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans in the years of revolutions? What happens between the “stuttering” of words and the creation of national identity?


Karen Emmerich, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Konstantina Zannou, Assistant Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies, Department of Italian, Columbia University 

Vassilis Lambropoulos, C.P. Cavacy Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek, Departments of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Maria Boletsi, Professor of Modern Greek Studies, “Marilena Laskaridis” Chair, University of Amsterdam.

Thursday 12 January 2023, 18.30
Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Historical Library, 2nd Merarchias 36 & Aktis Moutsopoulou
Piraeus (metro station “Dimotiko Theatro”)

Free entrance.

Info: 216 9003700