NEWS ›
The multifaceted personality of I. Kapodistrias as revealed by a unique digital archive
DATE
22 Mar '16

PRESS RELEASE

On Monday, March 21, a one-day conference entitled “Beyond the nation: Looking at I. Kapodistrias in a transnational and imperial context. Conference in light of the launching of the Ioannis Kapodistrias Digital Archive” was held at the University of Athens Historical Archive. The aim of the conference was to present the multifarious actions of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of Μodern Greece, in a broader geographical, cultural and conceptual context, beyond such traditional bipolarities as Greek-Western European, Greek-Ottoman, Nation-Empire, Globalism-Nationalism, Religion-Secularism, etc. Moreover, this approach examined the European dimension of the Greek Revolution of 1821.

The event was meant to contribute to the dissemination of the results of a research project conducted in 2013 and 2014, entitled “Ioannis Kapodistrias Digital Archive”, which was entirely funded by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. The project’s objective was the creation of a digital archive and webnode regarding the life, work and personality of Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776-1831) by cataloguing, collecting, documenting and digitally presenting archival collections, documents, records and other pertinent material scattered in the different cities and countries where he lived and worked. For this reason the project’s scholarly team, comprised of eminent historians and experts in the digital presentation of history besides on-line research visited libraries and archives in Corfu, Athens, Geneva, Zurich, Florence, Bologna, Pavia, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The digital archive, taking advantage of the possibilities offered by advanced technologies in the emerging field of Digital Humanities, aims to overcome past difficulties in the collection of material regarding the work of Ioannis Kapodistrias. Surpassing the limitations of a conventional archive, this webnode provides a comprehensive overview of the multiplicity and diversity of the material on I. Kapodistrias, as well as its geographical dispersion and linguistic variety, becoming both a research and an educational tool for the study of the times, life and work of this important historical figure. As part of the project, 13000 documents from the personal archive of I. Kapodistrias held at the General State Archives in Corfu were digitized, while 276 images of relevant portraits, paintings, photographs and personal items along with links to documentaries and TV programs were posted online. Moreover, a well documented and detailed presentation of Kapodistrias’s personal library was included, and 714 academic research and scholarship titles on Kapodistrias from 1831 to 1996 were catalogued. Along the same lines, a one-day event was organized on the island of Aegina for education professionals, which focused on how to best use the Archive for educational purposes.

The Ioannis Kapodistrias Digital Archive can be accessed here: http://kapodistrias.digitalarchive.gr/index.php" target="_blank

RECENT NEWS
We use cookies to enhance your online experience, offer customized content according to your preferences, improve website’s performance and analyse the traffic.
By selecting “Accept all” you consent to the use of all cookies.
Cookies are small text files which are stored on your device when you visit our website. For further information on cookies, please read the website’s Terms of Use.
Categories of Cookies
Options
These cookies are absolutely necessary for the proper and secure operation of the website and they do not store information which identifies you. Therefore, they cannot be disabled and your consent for their use is not needed, in accordance with the current legislation.
These cookies collect information on how you use the website in order to improve your experience when visiting our website and collect statistical data, such as the website's traffic, the pages the users visit more often etc, by using Google Analytics tools.
These cookies are set and can only be read by the authorized provider of the website in order to personalize the content according to your preferences.
Targeting cookies store information regarding your personal interests and preferences. This type of cookies is not used to display advertisements or any other targeted commercial feature. Third parties may combine information you have provided to them or being collected by you on prior use of their services, for example when navigating to website’s pages embedded videos from our official channel in Youtube.
By selecting “Accept all” you consent to the use of all cookies.