AccueilCrossing the divide: Exploring Mediterranean places across Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern Anthropology

AccueilCrossing the divide: Exploring Mediterranean places across Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern Anthropology

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Publié le mercredi 26 avril 2023

Résumé

Mediterranean Anthropology, European Anthropology and Middle Eastern Anthropology study overlapping areas of the Mediterranean region. Reflecting geopolitical divisions of the area, the three regional traditions have over the years developed their own theoretical concerns, ethnographic concerns,and political-ethical agendas. The 2023 MedNet workshop seeks to cross the traditional disciplinary division between the Southern, Eastern and Northern shores in order to foster productive intellectual crossings and ethnographic cross-pollination. We ask: how can we advance anthropology in and of the Mediterranean by bringing different regional traditions into closer conversation?

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Argument

Mediterranean Anthropology, European Anthropology and Middle Eastern Anthropology study overlapping areas of the Mediterranean region. Reflecting geopolitical divisions of the area, the three regional traditions have over the years developed their own theoretical concerns, ethnographic concerns, and political-ethical agendas. The 2023 MedNet workshop1 seeks to cross the traditional disciplinary division between the Southern, Eastern and Northern shores in order to foster productive intellectual crossings and ethnographic cross-pollination. We ask: how can we advance anthropology in and of the Mediterranean by bringing different regional traditions into closer conversation?

Following older and recent calls to expand the horizon of anthropology in the Mediterranean regions, the aim of the MedNet workshop is to consider how the exercise of anthropology in the Mediterranean has been shaped by disciplinary paths, institutional configurations, as well as by foreign policies. To facilitate our thinking across and along intellectual, geographical and imaginary boundaries, we introduce “crossings” as an analytical concept. “To cross” means to "go or extend across or to the other side of," often in relation to a stretch of land or water. But “to cross” can also refer to an intersection of routes that does not result in a joint path. The concept’s ambiguity– a crossing can be geographical, legal, institutional, or intellectual; it can be generative, leading to a new position, or result in non-generative overlaps –invites us to trace crossings of different natures and outcomes.

Through the workshop, we hope to learn more about the geopolitics, economic conditions, social-cultural lives, and intellectual circumstances that have contributed to the formation and maintenance of the regional anthropological traditions. We want to enhance our understanding of how shared histories and predicaments – dysfunctional rule, socio-economic precarity, postcolonial cartographies and environmental degradation – have played out on the ground, been imagined and intellectually conceptualized across the shores. We are also curious about methodological crossovers - be they academic, artistic or quotidian – that either render Mediterranean spaces and routes in novel ways or seek out the perspectives of interlocutors and institutional frameworks.

To better understand these overlapping and yet diverging regional conditions and anthropological traditions, we invite scholars working on the different shores and in different regional traditions – Mediterranean, European, and Middle Eastern anthropology –to join us in Aix-en-Provence, France, for a collective exploration of geographical, theoretical, and disciplinary divides and crossovers. How is it to do research on the different shores? What can we learn from each others’ research, raditions and experiences? For example, we welcome contributions that:

  • Outline and compare the different traditions. They could provide insight into different historical intellectual trajectories, past and present theoretical concerns, or geopolitical trends that have influenced the trajectories.
  • Engage with thematic commonalities and diverges. They might focus on how shared histories have affected citizenship, sovereignty and popular imaginaries differentl across the shores, or on how the densities of people and other living beings across the shores andwaters are intertwined by the region’s disproportionate burden of environmental degradation and global warming. Another potential theme is how similar modes of statecraft have been detrimental to social welfare, equality, and legal accountability, but with different outcomes and influence on social structures such as kinship, gender structures and patrimonial networks, and state institutions, such as freedom of speech, media regulation and justice. As important are contributions that pay attention to how the regional anthropological traditions have framed and analyzed these legacies and effects.
  • Zoom in on ethnographic or conceptual crossings. A focus on geographical and physical crossings (migration, trade, underwater cables and seabed mining) across the sea can shed light onto how borders are upheld and transgressed or help constitute the Mediterranean as a whole. The same is valid for metaphorical equivalents (intellectual trajectories or movement of ideas).
  • Explore methodological and institutional predicaments and interventions. Here we imagine contributions that provide insights into the conditions of production of knowledge across the region, whether considering the role of scholars, artists, civil rights activists and members in political and social movements. Another welcomed avenue is the manifold meanings attached to the production of anthropological knowledge “at home” or “away”, the interactions between ‘native’ and ‘foreign’ scholars and the financial conditions attached to such categories.

Submission guidelines

Please submit your abstract (no more 250 words) together with details of affiliation to: crossings.mednetworkshop@gmail.com

by 15th of June.

Scientific committee

  • Karin Ahlberg, Stockholm University
  • Carlo Capello, University of Torino
  • Panas Karampampas, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens
  • Gabriele Orlandi, Idemec (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS)
  • Manuela Vinai, University of Torino

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Lieux

  • Salle Duby, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme - 5, rue du Chateau de l'Horloge
    Aix-en-Provence, France (13)

Format de l'événement

Événement hybride sur site et en ligne


Dates

  • jeudi 15 juin 2023

Mots-clés

  • Méditerranée, anthropologie

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Gabriele Orlandi
    courriel : gabriele [dot] orlandi [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

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CC-BY-4.0 Cette annonce est mise à disposition selon les termes de la Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0.

Pour citer cette annonce

Karin Ahlberg, Carlo Capello, Panas Karampampas, Gabriele Orlandi, Manuela Vinai, « Crossing the divide: Exploring Mediterranean places across Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern Anthropology », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 26 avril 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1b1c

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