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    Introduction: Locating the Mediterranean

    Viscomi, Joseph and Rommell, C. (2022) Introduction: Locating the Mediterranean. In: Viscomi, Joseph and Rommel, C. (eds.) Locating the Mediterranean: Connections and Separations across Space and Time. Helsinki University Press, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9789523690776.

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    In recent years, the Mediterranean region has reasserted itself in the world: popular uprisings have unsettled long-standing political regimes, economic crises have generated precarity, and nationalist movements have reified some borders while condemning others. The circulation and stagnation of people, ideas, and objects provoked by these events draw attention to regional connections and separations that, in turn, challenge strict geopolitical renderings of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. In considering this resurgence of interest in the Mediterranean, this introduction asks: what role does ‘location’ play in our conception of region and region-formations? What kinds of locations are generated in the contemporary Mediterranean? How do historical, legal, political, and social connections and separations shape the experience of being located somewhere in particular? Furthermore, the introduction explores how, by placing in dialogue diverse approaches and traditions, this collective volume works on two levels at once. First, each contribution posits its own Mediterranean ‘constellation’. Second, the collective volume presents a wider understanding of what historically inclined anthropologists might conceive of as a Mediterranean ‘constellation’. In doing this, the introduction proposes a theoretical apparatus through which we can understand cultural and historical values of region and region-making in and beyond the Mediterranean.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Mediterranean studies, anthropology, history, methodology
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Joseph Viscomi
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 14:08
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:16

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