Stella Ghervas

Senior Fellow

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine

Stella Ghervas is currently Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Center for European Studies. She is also senior fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux), member of the IRICE Center (CNRS / Universities of Paris I and Paris IV) and of CIFE (Centre international de formation européenne, Brussels). She received her Ph.D. in Humanities (European Studies) from the University of Geneva and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Bucharest. She also holds a Bachelor and Master of Philosophy and Political Science from the University of St. Petersburg.

Her research interests include European history (18th-21st century), history of ideas, history of international relations, as well as history of Russia and South-Eastern Europe. Her major book, Réinventer la tradition: Alexandre Stourdza et l’Europe de la Sainte-Alliance, explores the intellectual climate and the political conceptions prevailing in Europe at the time of the Congress of Vienna (it won the Guizot Prize of the Académie Française in 2009, Xenopol Prize of the Romanian Academy in 2010). She has taught at the University of Chicago, Institut d’Etudes Avancées in Paris, Sciences Po. Bordeaux, as well as the Universities of Geneva, St. Petersburg, and Bucharest.

She is currently completing a book entitled Conquering Peace: From the Enlightenment to the European Union. Its goal is to examine how the reflection on war and peace induced the awareness of Europe, as a continent and as civilization, and how it crystallized around a legal and political definition. In parallel, she is working on a project aiming to pave the way for a transnational history of the Black Sea Region. It raises the issue of how to define “Europe” and how it blends into Asia. She is also working on a second book project tentatively entitled A Transnational History of the Black Sea Region: From the Russian Expansion to the Fall of Empires. It considers the Black Sea Region as a privileged trading space on the frontier of Europe and, broadly, as a space for cultural interchange. This study contributes to a renewal of history writting called "new thalassology". This approach is innovative for a region where national histories are still prevalent and used as a geopolitical weapon. It also raises the difficult issue of how to define "Europe" and how it blends into Asia.