Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Network [2009-2011]

From 2009 to 2011


About

The research group provides a forum for scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds working on the Middle East and Mediterranean to discuss their research. This is a region that has known longstanding exchanges across borders and seas, languages and religions, in literature and music, politics and science and our activities reflect this diversity of exchange. Our activities enable staff and graduate students from different faculties to meet and share research interests which cover many different aspects of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern societies.

Seminar Series 2010-11

Mare Nostrum: perspectives around the Great White Central Sea.

This year’s seminar series will create a forum for scholars to confront, explore and/or challenge the now ubiquitous concept of ‘Mediterraneanism’, as a useful category of inquiry.  Cultural anthropologists; intellectual, literary, economic, political and art historians; ethnobiologists; geographers and musicologists have all appropriated the term - with varying levels of success - in an attempt to examine the shared (or otherwise) characteristics of the societies of that region throughout time.  How far might the ‘Mediterranean’ extend beyond its shoreline and its port cities before the designation spreads so thin as to be meaningless?  To what extent might Mediterraneanism be a helpful way to focus discussions about dissemination of goods, flora, fauna, art, ideas and literature between, for example, Baghdad and Paris?

In order to give shape to our discussions, we will take up a range of broad themes throughout the year including magic and popular medicine, the memory and re-presentation of Antiquity, the anthropology of curiosity collections, the economy and sociology of port cities and the examination of reading practices and writerly culture.  The seminars will involve presentations by two scholars working in different disciplinary traditions with overlapping interest in a particular theme of the series.  This will be followed by a response from the discussant and then questions from the participants.  Presenting scholars may offer preparatory reading lists before the seminars.

Conveners

Convenors

2010-11
Bruno De-Nicola  (Fac of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Ignacio Sánchez  (Fac of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
James Weaver  (Dept Middle Eastern Studies)

2009-10
Bruno De-Nicola (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Phoebe Luckyn-Malone (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Ignacio Sánchez (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Alice Wilson (Social Anthropology)
 

Committee

Lejla Demiri  (Divinity)
Heba Mostafa  (Architecture)
Will Smiley  (Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies)
Ronny Vollandt  (Dept of Middle Eastern Studies)
Clare Vernon  (History of Art)
Andreea Weisl-Shaw (Spanish and French)

Past events

 

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern
Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Network
12 October 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Network
26 October 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Network
09 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Network
23 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Film screening: 'Men of Words'
17 December 2009, Room 2.3, Social Anthropology, Free School Lane
Alex Metcalfe 'The Earliest Written Records After The Norman Conquest of Sicily. Which Came First: Latin, Greek or Arabic?'
18 January 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
The Philosopher and the Volcano: Memory of the Ancient World in Muslim Sicily
01 February 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
'Ode to the Fezzed Shaykh': Coptic poetry and resistance against the Muslim Brotherhood in 1940s Egypt
15 February 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Beyond the Text: the Internet as a Literary Space for the Exploration of New Trends in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Cultures
01 March 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Professor Sir Jack Goody: 'Renaissances. The One or the Many?'
08 March 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
Medicine and Society in the Mediterranean
11 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Peter Pormann (University of Warwick)
A Medieval Mediterranean Legend: Alexander the Great
25 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Anna Akasoy (University of Oxford)
Language and Identity in Mediterranean Jewish Communities
08 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner (University of Cambridge) and Dr Julia Krivoruchko (University of Cambridge)
Uses of Curiosity in Mediterranean Societies
22 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof Peter Burke (University of Cambridge) and Dr Neil Kenny (University of Cambridge)
The Ottoman Mediterranean
24 January 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Dimitris Kastritsis (St Andrews)
Language Learning and Arabic-Romance Translation Practices in Medieval Western Mediterranean
21 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr. Roser Salicrú i Lluch (CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)
Courtly Culture in Mediterranean Societies
07 March 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Julia Bray (University of Paris VIII)
CANCELLED Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Network
13 June 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
CANCELLED Professor Peregrine Horden (Professor of Medieval History, Royal Holloway, University of London)