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Call for Papers: The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade. Networks of People and Knowledge

2nd International Conference of The Levantine Heritage Foundation

2 – 4 November, 2016 Europe House and the Hellenic Centre, London

In November 2016, the Levantine Heritage Foundation is organizing its second interdisciplinary conference, entitled “The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade – Networks of People and Knowledge,” in London, at Europe House and the Hellenic Centre.

Building on the success of the groundbreaking first international conference on Levantines in Istanbul, 2014, this conference will emphasize the theme of trade as the central dynamic in the creation of a Levantine world, with complex economic networks giving rise to equally complex social, cultural, political, and material interactions and syntheses.

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Table ronde: Mediterranean Diasporas

Mediterranean Diasporas. Politics and Ideas in the long 19th century

21 Jan 2016 17:00 – 19:00
IEA de Paris
Hôtel de Lauzun
17 quai d’Anjou
75004 Paris

Table ronde organisée par Konstantina Zanou, résidente de l’IEA de Paris, et Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary, University of London) à l’occasion de la publication de l’ouvrage “Mediterranean Diasporas. Politics and Ideas in the long 19th century”

Discuss with the editors:
Bernard Heyberger (EHESS),
Wolfgang Kayser (Université Paris 1-Sorbonne)
Ali Yaycioglu (Stanford University)
Antonis Liakos (University of Athens)

Chair:
Keith Baker (IEA Paris-Stanford University)

The discussion will be held in English and French

Book presentation

Mediterranean Diasporas looks at the relationship between displacement and the circulation of ideas within and from the Mediterranean basin in the long 19th century. In bringing together leading historians working on Southern Europe, the Balkans, and the Ottoman Empire for the first time, it builds bridges across national historiographies, raises a number of comparative questions and unveils unexplored intellectual connections and ideological formulations.

The book shows that in the so-called age of nationalism the idea of the nation state was by no means dominant, as displaced intellectuals and migrant communities developed notions of double national affiliations, imperial patriotism and liberal imperialism. By adopting the Mediterranean as a framework of analysis, the collection offers a fresh contribution to the growing field of transnational and global intellectual history, revising the genealogy of 19th-century nationalism and liberalism, and reveals new perspectives on the intellectual dynamics of the age of revolutions.

Conference: Migrations and the Mediterranean

Migrazioni e Mediterraneo
Due linee di ricerca per la Storia moderna
Incontro di studio rivolto a giovani studiose e studiosi
(Catania, 22-23 gennaio 2016)
PROGRAMMA
VENERDÌ 22 GENNAIO – Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali
9.00-9.15 | Apertura dei lavori e saluti
SESSIONE 1
9.15-10.45 | Panel 1: Reti consolari nel Mediterraneo. Percorsi e metodologie a confronto (secc. XVII-XIX) | modera: Rossella Cancila (Università di Palermo)
Annalisa Biagianti (Università di Pisa), Introduzione
Umberto Signori (Università di Milano), Informare e proteggere: la rete consolare veneta nel Mediterraneo orientale (1670-1715)
Emiliano Beri (Università di Genova), I consoli genovesi del Tirreno (1640-1797)
Annalisa Biagianti (Università di Pisa), La rete consolare francese nell’Adriatico durante le guerre napoleoniche (1797-1814)
10.45-11.00 | Coffee break
11.00-12.30 | Panel 2: Diaspore moderne. Esilio, identità e migrazioni fra Europa e spazi atlantici (XVI-XVIII secolo) | modera: Gérard Delille (EHESS, Parigi)
Martino Laurenti (Université Paris 8), Introduzione
Marco Bettassa (Università di San Marino), La migrazione valdese in Germania (1698-1699)
Martino Laurenti (Université Paris 8), La migrazione dei valdesi del Piemonte verso l’America coloniale britannica, 1730-1735
Federico Zuliani (Warburg Institute, London/Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli), Le chiese italofone della Rezia e l’emigrazione dalla Penisola alla luce del corpo pastorale (1540-1620)
12.30-14.30 | Pausa pranzo
SESSIONE 2
14.30-16.00 | Panel 3: Lo spazio di una nazione non ancora compiuta: l’Italia tra Atlantico e Mediterraneo nell’Ottocento globale | modera: Giuseppe Marcocci (Università della Tuscia)
Elisabetta Serafini (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Introduzione
Elisabetta Serafini (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), ‘Mediterraneismi’ italiani nel XIX secolo
Matteo Morandini (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Il Mediterraneo del Risorgimento: circuiti comunicativi ed espedienti retorici
Luca Coniglio (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), La nuova frontiera: l’emigrazione politica degli italiani negli Stati Uniti (1815-1860)

Call for Papers: Transnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities and Modern Italian Cultures

Conference to be held at the British School at Rome, 26-28 October 2016.

Keynote speakers: Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Marina Warner

The conference is part of the AHRC funded project, ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures’ and opens the project exhibition at the British School at Rome.

http://www.transnationalmodernlanguages.ac.uk/

The history of Italians and of Italian culture stems from multiple experiences of mobility and transnationalism. Such experiences reflect the history of Italy as an ‘emigrant nation’ (Choate), an imperialist power, and a European country facing the challenges of world system transformation from its Mediterranean location. These histories of mass movements also represent millions of individual and collective trajectories, traced through micro-processes of cultural translation, acts of transmission, and memory mediation of subjects from a variety of national, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Continue reading

Appel à contribution : La « modernisation » à l’épreuve des pratiques : les espaces alternatifs du politique (Europe, Amériques, XVIIIe- XIXe siècles)

RÉSUMÉ

En partant d’études de cas empruntées aux espaces européen et américain, ces journées se proposent d’étudier les interactions conflictuelles entre des acteurs ou des groupes d’acteurs et les autorités ou l’État, afin de réexaminer le paradigme de la modernisation des sociétés européenne et américaine aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècle. De ce fait, le choix d’une périodisation par-delà la charnière de la décennie révolutionnaire ne vise pas à reprendre le discours d’une politisation qui commencerait avec la Révolution française avant de se diffuser tout au long du XIXe siècle, mais bien plutôt à s’intéresser aux permanences d’une appropriation du politique par les acteurs dès l’époque moderne, et la possibilité de la construction d’espaces politiques qui ne sont pas ceux qui sont privilégiés dans les analyses classiques de la politisation.

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Call for Papers: The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade – Networks of People and Knowledge

2nd International Conference of The Levantine Heritage Foundation

2 – 4 November, 2016 Europe House and the Hellenic Centre, London

 

In November 2016, the Levantine Heritage Foundation is organizing its second interdisciplinary conference, entitled “The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade – Networks of People and Knowledge,” in London, at Europe House and the Hellenic Centre.

 

Building on the success of the groundbreaking first international conference on Levantines in Istanbul, 2014, this conference will emphasize the theme of trade as the central dynamic in the creation of a Levantine world, with complex economic networks giving rise to equally complex social, cultural, political, and material interactions and syntheses.

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Call for Papers: International Mediterranean Conference on Transnational Imagineries

CALL FOR PAPERS

2016 International Mediterranean Conference

co-organised by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies

and

the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta

“Transnational imaginaries: the Mediterranean past and presence”

The fourth conference in the series organised by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies and the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta will be held on the 27-28 January 2016 at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies.

The articulations of a transnational imaginary have always been present in the Mediterranean region where borders have often been porous, generating viable, alternative visions and conceptions of what constitutes ‘Mediterranean identity.’ Pointing to the crux of current debates and scholars in Mediterranean studies that transcend national boundaries and enmities, this conference seeks to explore the Mediterranean through the mapping of a history of cultural exchanges found on or affected by ’transnational imaginaries’, that is, the crossing and redrawing of borders through culturally generated and imaginary maps.

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South of the North

Segregation in « Southern European » Cities

Rome, June 8-9 2015

École française de Rome Piazza Navona, 62 00186 Rome

Organized by:

EFR; Géographie-Cités (CNRS/Universités de Paris I et Paris VII),  Calhiste (Université de Valenciennes) « Culture, politica e società »  (Università di Torino)

Convenors: Thomas Pfirsch, Giovanni Semi, Dominique Rivière

Presentation

Cities in Southern Europe play a pivotal role in the debate on urban segregation and globalization.  For instance, it is since 1990 that some researchers have suggested the idea of a Mediterranean “resistance” to post-fordist social and spatial transformations. Cities in the Mediterranean would therefore provide a hybrid model between both “North” and “South” characterized by a weak social segregation. This thesis has been for a long time waiting for an empirical validation, which is now available due to recent works showing the decreasing rate of residential segregation in specific southern European cities, while on the other hand the rising of new urban segregation patterns, less dependent on the sole application of the gentrification model and rather mixing both low residential segregation with social marginalization processes, has been witnessed. Does Southern European cities really rely on specific patterns and levels of segregation? Bringing together papers on Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, while comparing them with Northern Europe, North America and the Global South, we aim at providing a critical state of the art on segregation within Southern European countries that will open up a more general debate on the global-local nexus in the contemporary age. Scrutinizing the differences among « Northern » and « Southern » cities, among « North-American » and « European » or among « Northern Europeans » and « Mediterranean» ones, we will provide an insight on the existence and relevance of urban and regional models in the global era as well as a discussion of the international circulation of urban theories. This is the 4th meeting of the program “Italie, recompositions territoriales” of the École française de Rome

Programme

Monday June 8, 2015

École française de Rome Salle de conférence, 1st  floor

9.15 Welcome by François Dumasy (EFR) and Dominique Rivière (Université Paris-Diderot- EFR)

Introduction : Thomas Pfirsch (Université de Valenciennes) and Giovanni Semi (Università di Torino)   Continue reading

Commercial Litigations in the Mediterranean (15th-19th c.)

Joseph VERNET, L’intérieur du port de Marseille vu du pavillon de l’Horloge du Parc (1754)

Paris, 18-20 juin 2015

Salle Marc Bloch (galerie Rollin, escalier C, 2e étage)

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

17, rue de la Sorbonne 75005, Paris

Présentation

Que nous apprennent les artéfacts probatoires produits pour régler les litiges commerciaux au sujet de la configuration juridique de la Méditerranée entre les xve et xixe siècles ?

Depuis 2012, le programme européen ConfigMed s’attache à étudier les litiges commerciaux, le pluralisme juridique et le commerce interculturel en Méditerranée, à la croisée de traditions, de régimes et de référents juridiques divers dont il s’agit d’étudier les rencontres, les compromis et les éventuelles contaminations à partir des conflits impliquant des acteurs économiques venus d’Europe, de l’empire ottoman et du Maghreb.

Ce workshop ambitionne de poursuivre ces travaux et ces réflexions en mettant tout particulièrement l’accent sur la production et la circulation des éléments de preuve en Méditerranée. En partant de l’examen des certificats, des attestations et des déclarations, on tâchera d’examiner leurs effets, tant sur le monde des affaires que sur des systèmes juridiques souvent pensés comme étanches. Continue reading

Cfp: Inquiring Temporal Otherness

Inquiring Temporal Otherness: Timekeeping and Attitudes towards Time in the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire (16th-20th c.)

International Workshop: Rethymno – Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH

( October 23-24, 2015)

CALL FOR PAPERS

The diffusion and imposition of Western European timekeeping devices, systems and practices throughout the globe was accompanied by attitudes and norms towards time characterized by calculative rationality. These long historical processes of cultural transfer and socio-cultural transformation were deployed in uneven and, at times, conflictual manner throughout the modern era. Being to a large extent by-product of these processes, the construction of temporal otherness of non-Western societies by European episteme has suffered sweeping and just critiques, mostly in anthropological literature. Nonetheless, as our world gets more and more globalized and attuned to the universal Clock and Calendar Time, cultural difference in the attitudes towards time, real or imagined, continues to inform public discourse and the perceptions and constructions of the Other and the Self. This observation supports the thesis that temporal “modernization” has been an uneven, inherently contradictory and probably perennially incomplete process which cannot be meaningfully understood unless the historical experience of non-Western societies be taken seriously into consideration.

The history of timekeeping systems and practices, as well as of the attitudes towards time in the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire has long been neglected or overshadowed by the dominant Eurocentric and Orientalist modernization paradigm. Nevertheless, the last years we are witnessing a novel, theoretically informed, interest in relevant questions, mostly by Ottomanist and to a lesser extent by Balkanist social historians and historians of architecture, a research activity which gradually sets the ground for a successful inscription of the regional historical record and experience to the broader global picture.    Continue reading

CFP: Session on ‘Boat people’: Past and Present

CFP: Session on ‘Boat people’: Past and Present (Extended deadline: 13 May 2015)

European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) Valencia, 30 March-2 April 2016, Ethnicity and Migration Network

In recent months, there has been extensive political and public discussion about undocumented immigrants crossing the Mediterranean by boat. But this is not the first time that migrants have fled economic chaos, war and human rights abuses in this way. Well-known historical examples include the Vietnamese ‘boat people’ who sailed throughout Southeast Asia in the 1970s, Haitians and Cubans who attempted to reach the United State in the 1980s, and Albanians who crossed the Adriatic to Italy in the 1990s. Since 2000, boat people have reached the shores of industrialised countries in increasing numbers, most notably in southern Europe and Australia. But other states around the world have also had to grapple with the issue, such as Yemen and India.

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CfP : Book “Mapping Migration, Identity, and Space”

Book project “Mapping Migration, Identity, and Space”

Call for Chapters – Abstracts due May 15, 2015

This interdisciplinary collection of essays focuses on the ways in which movements of people across natural, political, and cultural boundaries shape identities that are inexorably linked to actual and imagined space that individuals on the move cross, inhabit, and leave behind. As conflicts over identities and space continue to erupt on a regular basis, and while those from previous eras are far from resolved, this book provides readings of the relationship between migration, identity, and space from a fresh and innovative perspective.

A focus on space and place makes it possible to integrate field-specific research methods and formulate questions that are relevant and timely in different geographical contexts and historical periods. While the term mapping is often used as a metaphor for analyses that do not necessarily consider geographical space as a variable, this volume maps migration and identity. The essays showcase not only conceptual studies, but also include actual maps. The inclusion of graphic depictions of, for instance, the relevant landscapes allows the authors to evaluate the benefits and the shortcomings of adapting questions and findings into abstract or positivist representations of the world. While maps make it possible to analyze and visualize the ways in which migration, identity, and space are inherently connected, maps also may reduce the complexity and ambiguity of the persistent problems addressed in the essays.

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Exhibition and new volume: Camera Ottomana

Camera Ottomana

Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1840-1914

21 Apr 2015, 10:0019 Aug 2015, 18:30 Curated by

Zeynep Çelik, Edhem Eldem, Bahattin Öztuncay

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-18:30 / Sunday: 12:00-18:30

The exhibition explores some of the most striking aspects of the close connection between photography and modernity in the specificity of the Ottoman Empire. Curated by Zeynep Çelik, Edhem Eldem and Bahattin Öztuncay, the exhibition mainly consists of albums and archival materials from Ömer M. Koç Collection as well as photographs from the albums commissioned by the Sultan Abdülhamid II.

After the birth of photography in 1839, the Empire embraced the new technology with great enthusiasm. In fact, the impact and meaning of photography were compounded by the thrust of modernization and westernization of the Tanzimat movement. By the turn of the century, photography in the Ottoman lands had become a standard feature of everyday life, of public media, and of the state apparatus.

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Call for Papers: “Power and the Mediterranean”

November 13-15, 2015

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Keynote Speaker: Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona)

In the 2014 Blackwell Companion to Mediterranean History, Sharon Kinoshita notes, “As we approach the present, the Mediterranean, in the view of some historians, loses its power as a category of historical analysis.” In the same volume, Brian Catlos writes, “The ethno-religious diversity of the Mediterranean cannot be considered in isolation from the relationships of power that characterized the region.” What then, are these power relationships? What kinds of power – colonial, imperial, ethnic, religious, gendered, racial, symbolic – have been relevant to the Mediterranean area?

The conference is aimed at graduate students and junior faculty.We encourage submissions from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, literary studies, anthropology, sociology, history, political science and international relations, art history, women’s studies, classical and ancient studies, as well as other area studies.

Submission may address questions including: How have power relations in the Mediterranean been figured across history? When and how is power exchanged between states, communities, and individuals? How is power relevant to discussions of politics, culture, and the future of the Mediterranean? How are power relations affected by migration and movement within the Mediterranean region and beyond?

Submission Instructions: Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted via email by June 15, 2015 to Susan Abraham, atshoshan@umich.edu.

Colloque international « Une respublica marchande européenne (XVe -XVIIIe siècle) ? Mobilités, échanges, identités »

9 et 10 avril 2015 (jeudi et vendredi matin) Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne (salle de formation, D-032, 1er étage)

Organisation : Bertrand Haan et Jean-Philippe Priotti.

Avec le soutien du Labex ENHE (axe 3 – L’humanisme européen), de la Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, de l’HLLI (Université du Littoral), de l’Université ParisSorbonne et du Centre Roland Mousnier (Université Paris-Sorbonne/CNRS).

Journée du jeudi 9 avril 2015

9h00 – Introduction, par Jean-Philippe Priotti et Bertrand Haan

Formation d’une culture politique commerciale européenne, Session présidée par Jochen Hoock (Université Paris 7)

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