Mediterranean Mobilities and Borders

Workshop of the DFG-supported academic network "A Modern Mediterranean: Dynamics of a World Region, 1800-2000"
Istanbul, 21-24 June 2018

The workshop is part of an endeavor by the DFG-supported academic
network "A Modern Mediterranean: Dynamics of a World Region, 1800-2000"
and its partners to tie together the often disparate histories around the
Mediterranean to a history of the Mediterranean in modern times. Rather
than postulating a unity and specificity of the region though, we understand
the Mediterranean as a contact zone between Africa, Asia, and Europe,
which is in turn intertwined with other spaces of interaction. Within this
endeavor, the workshop aims to clarify the nature and quality of mobilities
around and across the modern Mediterranean as well as their limits.
With the advent of steamships, the region saw mobility on an
unprecedented scale, accelerating the movement of goods, ideas, and
people. Migratory movements, tourism, and pilgrimages evolved into mass
phenomena, but so did the regulatory mechanisms aimed at curbing,
channeling, or exploiting mobility. The workshop will investigate the
interactions and interdependencies of modern Mediterranean mobilities
with aspects of power, with class, gender, and generational identities, and
with images of the region. It aims to develop a common perspective on
these mobilities.

For participation in the workshop please register with Didem Balatlıogulları
(Istanbul Bilgi University, European Institute, Administrative Assistant)
at didem.balatliogullari@bilgi.edu.tr