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Retracing Mediterranean Locations

Venue Birkbeck Main Building, B35

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Prof. Sarah Green (Social and Cultural Anthropology Department, University of Helsinki) in conversation with Joseph John Viscomi (Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College)

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The Mediterranean waxes and wanes as a region of scholarly investigation. In recent years it has resurfaced in public debates on popular uprisings that unsettled long-standing political regimes, economic crises that generated widespread precarity, nationalist movements that have reified some borders while condemning others, and climate change which continues to bring drastic changes to Mediterranean landscapes. The circulation and stagnation of people, animals, ideas, and objects provoked by these events draw attention to connections and separations that, in turn, challenge strict geopolitical boundaries (Europe, the Middle East and North Africa) and temporal periodisation (medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary). Sarah Green will discuss how her ongoing research projects, including her ERC advanced grant “Crosslocations: Rethinking relative location in the Mediterranean,” attempt to reconceptualise empirical and theoretical scholarship in/of the Mediterranean.

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Professor Sarah Green,Dr Joseph Viscomi