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  • Oxford

    Conference, symposium - Middle Ages

    Women and Violence in the Late Medieval Mediterranean, ca. 1100-1500

    A two-days international conference

    The last decades have witnessed an increased interest in research on the relationship between women and violence in the Middle Ages, with new works both on female criminality and on women as victims of violence. The contributions of gender theory and feminist criminology have renewed the approached used in this type of research. Nevertheless, many facets of the complex relationship between women and violence in medieval times still await to be explored in depth. This conference aims to understand how far the roots of modern assumptions concerning women and violence may be found in the late medieval Mediterranean, a context of intense cultural elaboration and exchange which many scholars have indicated as the cradle of modern judicial culture. While dialogue across the Mediterranean was constant in the late Middle Ages, occasions for comparative discussion remain rare for modern-day scholars, to the detriment of a deeper understanding of the complexity of many issues. Thus, we encourage specialists of different areas across the Mediterranean (Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world) to contribute to the discussion. What were the main differences and similarities? How did these change through time? What were the causes for change? Were coexisting assumptions linking femininity and violence conflicting or collaborating?

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  • Girona

    Conference, symposium - Urban studies

    Cathedrals and Mosques: Building Urban Memories and Landscapes in Southern Europe (12th - 14th centuries)

    This international conference will discuss interdisciplinary questions regarding the importance of cathedrals and mosques in the definition of memory and urban landscape in the medieval Mediterranean from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. Our research aims at analysing the role these two buildings played in configuring the urban fabric of the Mediterranean world. One of our primary objectives is to understand how these buildings defined medieval landscape and urban space. How did they modify and condition the social and functional organisation of their urban surroundings? What architectural features contributed to their place in civic memory (decoration, architectural style and building techniques)? We are interested in the place they occupy in their cities’ urban planning and topography.

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  • Florence

    Conference, symposium - Early modern

    Circulation of people, objects and knowledge across South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean (16th-19th Centuries)

    Through the prism of objects and material culture, the workshop intends to highlight broad patterns of transregional circulation of people and goods crossing the boarders of Ottoman, Venetian, Russian and Habsburg Empires. The papers will present and discuss a wide variety of unpublished textual and visual sources related to luxury consumption, fashion and dress codes; diplomatical and political exchanges; dowry contracts and travel journals.

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  • Aix-en-Provence

    Conference, symposium - History

    Climate and Societies in the Mediterranean during the Last Two Millennia

    Current State Of Knowledge and Research Perspectives

    This two-day international conference aims to highlight recent and challenging interdisciplinary studies dealing with complex historical climate/society interactions in Mediterranean during the last two millennia. The study of these existing connections can help in better understanding the role played by past climatic events in the eruption of regional conflicts, in forced migration and displacement of people, in periodically appearing infectious disease outbreaks or in subsistence crises like food shortages and famines Similarly, it seems necessary to identify and analyze socio-economic and technological responses (e.g. water supply systems) together with mitigation and general adaptation strategies, insofar as they existed, to cope with climate change.

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  • Lyon

    Conference, symposium - History

    Multidisciplinary Approaches to Food and Foodways in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean

    Within the rapidly expanding area of research on food and foodways, the medieval eastern Mediterranean is still very much an unexplored area. The aim of the POMEDOR project (People, Pottery and Food in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean) was to explore this new field in a multidisciplinary way and to stimulate further research.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Sociology

    South and east mediterranean youth policies on a tightrope

    The conference brings together a series of international researchers who examine youth policies within institutional structures and at the state level in six South and East Mediterranean countries (Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey). It sheds light on the politics of youth policies, sociological and economic obstacles to becoming "adults", and questions the historical turn after the 2011 "Arab Spring". Youth policies are examined at a macro-level in the areas of employment, family, migration and spatial planning in an attempt to understand the emergence of youth as a category, oftentimes identified with a public problem. The question of how various forms of marginalization and domination such as gender, social, urban/rural, ethnic, based on citizenship, etc. intersect and generate inequalities among youth in South and East Mediterranean countries is central to inquiry.

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  • Ramallah

    Conference, symposium - Sociology

    Contestations, Emotions! Social and artistic expressions in the Public Space

    A theoretical and practical perspective from the ground

    During the recent movements of contestation in Mediterranean countries different kind of aesthetic gestures using the streets and the public spaces as places for a public manifestation of some social, ordinary -or radical- critic. They proceed from an ordinary culture that is transformed, adapted then spread out upon a new form in artistic tracks taking place in public spaces. These actions have both a critical and aesthetic dimension. They rely on the environment, mobilize cognitive, memorial and cultural or ordinary patterns. They also mobilize a common culture . This is the case of rap, new uses of old music, villages against occupation, graphic art in Palestine, in Egypt or in Syria. The conference will present and analyse some forms of experimentations, and public and critical commitments. What kind of “public spaces” is in use nowadays? How it configures new spaces of critic and public space and a new environment ? The panel will adopt a trans-disciplinary perspective by bringing together social scientists and practicers or activists.

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  • Santiago de Compostela

    Conference, symposium - History

    James Zebedee, the "translatio" and the Jacobean pilgrimages

    7th International Colloquium Compostela

    The 7th International Colloquium Compostela aims at analysing the myth of the "translatio" of the body of Saint James from Palestina to Santiago de Compostela and its impact in the historical construction of the Jacobean pilgrimages.  As in the former editions, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach, the Colloquium analyzes the state of the art in the archeological research of Palestinian and Compostela in the early centuries, the studies about the traditions of the translatio, the iconography and the literary and social impact of the "translatio" and the current reality of pilgrimages to Compostella.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - History

    Concepts and their Transmission in the Medieval Euromediterranean. Theoretical and Visual Expressions of Political Thought

    Colloque international organisé par l'Institut historique allemand en coopération avec l'université Goehte de Francfort-sur-le-Main, 10 – 11 Septembre 2012, à l’Institut historique allemand.

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  • Basel

    Conference, symposium - History

    Fraud

    Norms, Institutions and Illegal Economic Practices in Mediterranean Europe (16th-19th centuries)

    La relation entre normes, institutions et développement économique fait l'objet d'importantes recherches récentes de la part des historiens et des économistes. L'atelier sur la « fraude » affronte cette question en proposant d'étudier, à partir des fréquentes pratiques illégales des acteurs sociaux, la régulation croissante du commerce méditerranéen à l'époque du mercantilisme.

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  • Nice

    Conference, symposium - History

    Southern Horrors. The Dark Side of the Mediterranean

    Alternative perspectives on the Mediterranean world in North Europe and America

    « The Mediterranean is the human norm. When men leave that exquisite lake […] they approach the monstrous and the extraordinary ». Cette opinion, formulée par un personnage de A Passage to India illustre à merveille, ce que fut, portée à son paroxysme, la « passion de la Méditerranée » dont John Pemble traita dans un de ses livres. Cependant la fascination dont les Européens du Nord (et un peu plus tard les Américains) firent montre, très tôt, pour « ce lac exquis », fut rarement assez forte pour que, venant d’un contexte politique, culturel, social très différent, ils ne découvrent pas aussi du « monstrueux » et de « l’anormal » sur les rivages de la Méditerranée. Mais si la beauté, la vitalité, la spiritualité, la sensualité des sociétés méditerranéennes vues du Nord ont fait l’objet d’études nombreuses et fouillées, on s’est moins systématiquement arrêté sur ce que des « peuples sévères à qui l’hiver convenait bien », pour reprendre un jugement de Charles Kingsley, devaient inéluctablement trouver de sombre en celles-ci. C’est cet envers où dominent cruauté, décrépitude, ignorance et oppression que ce colloque se propose d’explorer plus avant, non pas tant pour rechercher la « vérité » sur les « horreurs » du Sud méditerranéen que rapportent et décrivent (parfois imaginent) les écrits et les arts du Nord que pour tenter de cerner les conditions historiques, culturelles, sociales, esthétiques, personnelles qui dictèrent leur perception (ou leur invention) et inspirèrent leur représentation.

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  • Pula

    Conference, symposium - Prehistory and Antiquity

    Navigare necesse est: from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages

    XVII International archaeological symposium

    Dans la tradition des grands colloques internationaux en archéologie, le International Research Center for Archaeology, Brijuni-Medulin (Croatie), sous le patronage de l'Unesco et du Ministère de la culture de la République de Croatie à Zagreb, avec la collaboration de la Society for the History and Cultural Development of Istria, Pula, et le Centre for Historical Research, Rovinj (Centro di ricerche storiche, Rovigno) organise à Pula-Medulin-Rovinj (Croatie), les 23-26 novembre 2011 son vingt-septième symposium thématique sur la navigation ancienne de la Méditerranée nord-occidentale, de la Préhistoire jusqu'au début du Moyen Âge.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Sociology

    Media and migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region

    Colloque international à l'Institut national de l'audiovisuel, « médias et migrations dans l’espace euro-méditerranéen », les 17 et 18 novembre 2011, organisé dans le cadre du projet ANR Médiamigraterra, porté par le Cemti, Université Paris 8.

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  • Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

    Conference, symposium - History

    The Jews in Ecclesiastical, Roman-barbarian and Byzantine Laws, sixth to eleventh centuries

    Changes, ruptures, adaptations

    Ce colloque sera l'occasion d'une réflexion renouvelée sur la condition juridique des juifs dans les droits alti-médiévaux, byzantin et canonique.

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  • Conference, symposium - History

    Religious Community and Modern Statehood

    The passage from the Ottoman empire to modern states

    The conference aims to explore various aspects of the communal organization in the Ottoman Empire for regions such as Asia Minor, Middle East and the Balkans, and to present the changes that occurred within the religious communities during the 19th century and particularly during the period from Tanzimat reforms until the First World War. Key questions in relation to the modernization process of the Ottoman state and the functioning of religious communities, are a) how does the Sublime Porte understand the process of structuring a modern state with respect to religious communities, b) who is responsible for the modern institutions: the state or the religious communities, c) what is the reaction of the religious communities regarding the modernization process d) why and in what way the religious communities are changing on the light of this process.

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  • Thessaloniki

    Conference, symposium - History

    Religions and Politics in Europe's Orients (14th-20th c.)

    The goal of this conference is to explore a number of aspects of the relationship between the religious phenomenon and politics through the historical framework of political developments in what progressively will become, through interaction, the Orients of Europe, i.e. Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as the Eastern Mediterranean, an area so unorthodox and difficult to examine in terms of essentialist definitions. It is no accident that Samuel Huntington believed that what we call the ‘Orthodox East’ does not form a part of the West, but rather a sui generis encounter between Christianity and Islam at the borders of Europe. This theoretical scheme is not overturned by drawing the borders of Europe a little further to the East, as many believe, but by historicizing the issue of the relationship between religion and politics in the given geographical region through the comparative prism of what was occurring during the same period in Western Europe.

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  • Corfu

    Conference, symposium - Modern

    Society and Politics in South-Eastern Europe during the 19th century

    There has always been a negative image attached to South-Eastern European politics and polities and rarely has it been widely acknowledged (Mazower) that the process of state formation in the region was not just a pale and gruesome caricature of Western European models but rather a complicated affair involving juggling with various institutional models (local as well as imported ones), coping with societies of a sometimes inextricable ethnoreligious diversity and varying degrees of political allegiance to central power, dealing with foreign interference and tampering. 19th century visitors of the region contributed a lot to this negative image which still clings to the region (Todorova) and culturalists still like to refer back to the 19th c. as the genealogical matrix of all the region’s evils.

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  • Montreal

    Conference, symposium - Political studies

    Les murs en relations internationales - Fences and Walls in International Relations

    Depuis la Grande muraille de Chine, le mur d’Antonin ou celui d’Hadrien réalisé par les Romains, le Genkobori construit par les Japonais sur l’île de Kyushu, ou encore le Mur de Berlin durant la période contemporaine, le « mur » est une des clés constantes – en Orient comme en Occident - de la protection d’une entité constituée et souveraine. Plus récemment, avec la construction des murs en Palestine, à Chypre, autour de Ceuta et Melilla, au Sahara occidental, à la frontière mexicano-américaine, au Cachemire, à la frontière du Botswana, ces fortifications demeurent un symbole de sécurité dans les relations internationales. Pour séparer ou pour protéger, la version contemporaine du mur pourrait correspondre à la (re)polarisation du monde à la suite des attentats du 11 septembre et constitue le révélateur d’une nouvelle ère des relations internationales, fondée sur la « perception » de l’ennemi.

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  • Nice

    Conference, symposium - History

    L’irruption des États-Unis en Méditerranée, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles

    Si les opérations navales américaines au cours des deux conflits mondiaux et la présence permanente de la sixième flotte en Méditerranée depuis bientôt un demi-siècle révèlent clairement l’intérêt porté par les États-Unis pour cet espace, cet intérêt s’inscrit dans la durée. Dans un temps long, l’irruption des États-Unis en Méditerranée peut apparaître au fond comme le dernier épisode de la mainmise des puissances atlantiques sur les commerces méditerranéens esquissée par F. Braudel. Ce colloque réunissant des spécialistes de huit pays se propose d’étudier comment la jeune république américaine appréhende et investit l’espace méditerranéen au lendemain de son indépendance, quelles représentations de l’intérêt et de la géopolitique de cet espace elle se crée, comment les acteurs politiques et économiques américains se sont positionnés dans cette région.

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  • Aix-en-Provence

    Conference, symposium - History

    Lieux, places, espaces. Pratiques marchandes en Méditerranée (Moyen Âge - époque moderne)

    Colloque "Lieux, Places, Espaces. Pratiques marchandes en Méditerranée (Moyen Âge – époque moderne)" du 7 au 9 juin 2007 à Aix-en-Provence et Marseille.

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