Recent Publications

The Mediterranean Other - The other Mediterranean (2019)

Edited by Medardus Brehl, Andreas Eckl und Kristin Platt
Today, we particularly encounter the Mediterranean Other in the “refugee”. Scientific, political and public discourses on the Mediterranean are — continuously or most recently? — determined by hegemonial perspectives.
Considering other perceptions, interpretations and representations seems to be impossible in light of financial crises, the new South, blurring borders and unclear securities. The contributions in this volume dispute this form of thinking. The research papers do not only encourage the reader to critically examine current political developments. They also provide a framework for Mediterranean minorities, nongovernmental groups and diasporas in search of their own voice.
With contributions by Cristina Balma Tivola, Julia Blandfort, Paolo Giaccaria, Shlomo Lotan, Anna Piotrowska, Kristin Platt, Christopher Schliephake, Paul Silverstein, Anna Tozzi Di Marco, Felix Wiedemann.

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Mediterranean Rivers in Global Perspective (2019)

Edited by Johannes Bernhardt, Markus Koller, Achim Lichtenberger
Rivers in the Mediterranean have always been hotspots of social formation. From antiquity to the present, rivers were important sources of fresh water, transport routes and energy suppliers as well as spaces of interaction between sea, coast and hinterland. This volume takes up recent debates on the spatial turn and global history, which have fundamentally changed notions of the Mediterranean as a natural given and of larger areas as well-defined entities. After an introduction to the relevant research contexts, it offers a collection of articles on the conceptualization of river histories, the Mediterranean and its rivers, and river studies from around the globe.

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Initiatives of Regional Integration in Asia in Comparative Perspective. Concepts, Contents and Prospects

Edited by Anja Zorob and Howard Loewen
This volume offers to compare and explain variances of regionalism in Asia by disclosing the distinctive features of regional arrangements and how they evolved during the 1990s and 2000s against the background of a changing global environment. Moreover, it takes up a genuinely ‘inter-Asian’ perspective. By analysing and comparing diverse manifestations of regional integration agreements across Asia and its different sub-regions, it sets out to track their common characteristics and sub-regional facets with respect to their establishment, design and consequences. In addition, political processes accompanying their negotiation and implementation are scrutinized. The analysis encompasses nine case studies written by renowned scholars who together as a group combine an extraordinary mixture of different disciplinary backgrounds as well as expertise on shapes and processes of regional integration in different parts of Asia. The case studies seize on some of the most important features and controversial issues characterizing the second regionalism. Such are the emergence and impact of overlapping FTAs, regional financial and sub-regional economic integration and cooperation, power and the politics of regional integration as well as the nexus between conflict resolution, state failure and regional integration.

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Advancing Economic and Social Rights in the EuroMed Region.
Analysing the Economic and Financial Relations between the European Union and the South Mediterranean Countries


Anja Zorob
Report edited by Marc Schade-Poulsen and Marta Simplici, Copenhagen: EuroMed Rights.

This report aims to answer primarily two questions. First, did the developments before and during the Arab Spring or Arabellions, which started in Tunisia at the end of 2010, lead to any conceptual change in the EU’s policy towards its neighbours in the Southern Mediterranean or South Mediterranean Countries (SMCs)? Second, did they generate a stronger re-focussing in the scholarly debate among primarily economists in addition to social scientists and legal scholars on issues exploring the social impact of free trade and economic cooperation with the EU and how they affect social and economic rights of SMCs’ citizens? The economic and social rights (ESRs) looked at in the report cover the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to health and education, as well as workers’ rights to just and favourable working conditions. The definition of these rights is based on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966. Beyond the focus on ESRs and the social impact of trade liberalisation, the report explores recent developments in the contractual frameworks of SMC citizens’ migration to and working conditions in EU member countries as well as the latter’s evaluation in scientific literature.

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"Braudel in Algiers. The Colonial Roots of the 'Méditerranée' and the 'spatial turn'"


Manuel Borutta
Historische Zeitschrift, Vol 303,1 (August 2016) 1-38.

This article explores the colonial roots of Fernand Braudel's „La Méditerranée et le monde méditerranéen à l'époque de Philippe II“ and situates the study within current debates on the spatial turn. First published in 1949, „La Méditerranée“ is still regarded as a manifesto of Mediterranean studies, and as a prelude to the spatial turn. Recently, the work has been criticized as a document of colonialist discourse and –coevally – celebrated as an antecedent of post-colonial thought. The article explains this ambivalence by reconstructing connections of Braudel's academic and private life in Algeria and France between 1923 und 1984. By analyzing his publications on North Africa and the Mediterranean, mostly unknown ego documents, letters, television broadcastings, and oral history interviews with his family relatives, the article shows that „La Méditerranée“ was not only a seminal scholarly work but also a personal expression of post-imperial nostalgia. However, despite its colonial roots, „La Méditerranée“ remains an inspiring text and a powerful reminder of the physical dimension of space that recently has been neglected by some followers of the spatial turn.

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Series "Mittelmeerstudien": Recent Publications

The works below have been recently published as part of the publication series "Reihe Mittelmeerstudien" and can be purchased from the publisher (Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag und Wilhelm Fink Verlag). Please click on the respective work to see available ordering options and further information.

Konstruktionen mediterraner Insularitäten


Reinhard von Bendemann, Annette Gerstenberg, Nikolas Jaspert, Sebastian Kolditz (Hg.)

Das Konzept der Insularität kann wichtige Impulse für interdisziplinäre Forschungen zum Mittelmeerraum geben, weil es die spezifische »insulare« Dimension der Archipele und Inseln des »Mare Magnum« ins Zentrum der Betrachtung rückt. Der Begriff »Insularität« stammt eigentlich aus der Renaissance, blieb aber bis zu seiner Wiederentdeckung in der modernen Forschung weitgehend ungenutzt. Das mit ihm umschriebene wissenschaftliche Konzept ist eng verbunden mit der Frage nach spezifischen biologischen, ökonomischen, politischen, militärischen, kulturellen und religiösen Phänomenen auf Inseln, die gerade aus der Tatsache resultieren, dass Inseln komplett von Wasser umgeben und in ihren Ressourcen begrenzt sind. Bei näherer Betrachtung bedingen diese naturgegebenen Kriterien jedoch eine Vielfalt spezifischer Wege gerade im Mittelmeerraum, Insularität in Texten und Bildern zu konstruieren. Diesen unterschiedlichen Modi der Konstruktionen mediterraner Insularitäten widmet sich der vorliegende Band, dessen zehn Beiträge ein breites disziplinäres und chronologischen Spektrum abdecken: Es reicht von der alten und mittelalterlichen Geschichte über die Theologie und die Literaturwissenschaft bis zur Migrationsforschung, der Soziologie und der vergleichenden, systematischen Inselforschung (der Nissologie).

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New Horizons: Mediterranean Research in the 21st Century


Mihran Dabag, Dieter Haller, Nikolas Jaspert, Achim Lichtenberger (Hg.)

Die Mittelmeerstudien sind in Deutschland ein junges Fach. New Horizons stellt aktuelle und innovative Zugänge zur Mediterranistik vor und gibt transdisziplinäre Impulse für eine systematische Erforschung des Mittelmeerraums.
International führende Spezialistinnen und Spezialisten der Mittelmeerstudien geben in diesem Band Einblick in ihre aktuellen Forschungen. Die Aufsätze decken vor allem methodische Fragen der Mittelmeerforschung ab und entwerfen aus ihren jeweiligen Fallstudien heraus übergreifende mediterranistische Zugänge. Die Beiträge gehen auf eine 2013 veranstaltete Vortragsreihe am Zentrum für Mittelmeerstudien der Ruhr-Universität Bochum zurück.

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Handbuch der Mediterranistik


Mihran Dabag, Dieter Haller, Nikolas Jaspert, Achim Lichtenberger (Hg.)

Während in anderen Ländern ein systematischer Zugang zum Mittelmeer als Region institutionell und in der Wissenschaftstradition schon lange ausgebildet war, fehlte dies bislang im deutschsprachigen Raum. Das »Handbuch der Mediterranistik« leistet einen Beitrag zur Etablierung des Forschungsgebiets, indem unterschiedliche Disziplinen ihren jeweiligen Zugang zur systematischen Erschließung des Raumes vorstellen.

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Das Mittelmeer und der Tod: Mediterrane Mobilität und Sepulkralkultur


Alexander Berner, Jan-Marc Henke, Achim Lichtenberger, Bärbel Morstadt, Anne Riedel (Hg.)

Das Mittelmeer ist ein Raum der Mobilität, aber auch des Todes. Das Meer birgt Gefahren und bringt Menschen zueinander, aber auch auseinander.
Das Mittelmeer ermöglicht eine hohe Mobilität von Menschen, ihren Gütern und Ideen. Diese Kontaktmöglichkeiten fordern die Beteiligten stets zur Hinterfragung von Herkunft, Heimat und Fremde heraus. Insbesondere im Umgang mit dem Tod und den Toten lassen sich Aushandlungsprozesse sozialer Konventionen ebenso wie die jeweiligen Jenseitsvorstellungen fassen. Denn aus dem Tod in der Fremde ergaben sich Herausforderungen für die Bestattung. In dem Band werden verschiedene Aspekte aufgegriffen, die mediterrane Sepulkralkultur von der Antike über das Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart transdisziplinär beleuchten.

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