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HCA Tasters: Migration and Citizenship in the Mediterranean: From Ancient Times to the Present

Venue: Online

Migration and Citizenship in the Mediterranean: From Ancient Times to the Present

Dr Joseph Viscomi and Dr Ben Gray

This session will examine the complex relationship between migration and citizenship in the history of the Mediterranean, from ancient city-states to modern nation-states and their refugee crises. It will focus on two case-studies, and parallels and differences between them: exiles and refugees in the ancient Greek-speaking Mediterranean (Dr Ben Gray); and the modern Italian diaspora across the Mediterranean (Dr Joseph Viscomi). We will ask how citizenship systems have posed a barrier to migrants' and refugees' autonomy and welfare - but also how migrants and their hosts across Mediterranean history have been provoked by migration crises to reimagine citizenship in more fluid, open and cosmopolitan forms.

Booking is essential so that we may send you the joining link.

Participants are asked to watch the following two presentations before the event:

Joseph Viscomi presentation (19 mins)

Ben Gray presentation (18 mins)




This event is part of a series of six 90-minute on-line taster events exploring histories of London, of migration, of sex and sexuality and much else besides, designed to give a flavour of studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in our department.

You can join one session or the whole series; we have scheduled two evening, two Saturday and two weekday afternoon sessions so hope there will be a time and date to suit everyone. Video introductions to the topic will be available ahead of most sessions and each one will conclude with a short question and answer session about the department and opportunities for studying with us.

All are welcome – from offer holders and those thinking of applying to those simply interested in the topics.  

Taster 1: Wed 27 January 7:00 - 8:30pm Migrants in London from the Tudors to the Twentieth Century

Taster 2: Sat 27 February 2:00 - 3:30pm Sex and sexualities in Britain, 1861–2021 

Taster 3: Wed 31 March 2:00 - 3:30pm Religious radicalism past and present: from the European reformation to the Amish in America

Taster 4: Wed 28 April 7:00 - 8.30pm, Migration and Citizenship in the Mediterranean: From Ancient Times to the Present

Taster 5: Wed 26 May 2:00 - 3:30pm Everyday cosmopolitanisms and worlding the medieval Silk Road

Taster 6: Sat 26 June 2:00 - 3:30pm London: the world in a city




This taster series is part of the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology's Discover the Past events series, open to the public and students. To see the full list of events, visit the Discover the Past web page.

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck has a distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence. We are the only university department in London to include archaeologists, classicists and historians investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. Join us to discover the past and engage with the present across continents and cultures.

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