Paraskevi Kyrias, Albania, and the US at the Paris Peace Conference
Ottoman History Podcast
In 1919, Paraskevi Kyrias went to Paris to advocate for Albanian independence. As a woman in the overwhelmingly masculine space of international diplomacy, she faced sexism and unwanted romantic overtures. Nevertheless, she called on her connections within a global Protestant community, her life in diaspora in the United States, and her experiences at the elite Constantinople Girls' School to play a unique role in the Albanian campaign for independence after World War I. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Nevila Pahumi about Kyrias' story, her leadership of the early Albanian women's movement, and the diary of her experiences in Paris she left behind. We also trace the history of this remarkable woman after 1919, as she and her family were repudiated by a secularizing Albanian state determined to excise Protestant activism from their national history--until she was once again remade as a feminist icon in the last years of her life.
Albania, Colonialism, Gender, History, League of Nations, Nationalism, OHP Episodes, Ottoman Empire, Women
Episode No. 490
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Ferguson, Susanna and Pahumi, Nevila, "Paraskevi Kyrias, Albania, and the US at the Paris Peace Conference" (2021). Middle East Studies: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.