The Mediterranean of Modernity: Global and Regional Perspectives (4-7.10.2022)

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October 4, 2022 to October 7, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Borderlands, Communication, Maritime History / Studies, World History / Studies

Mediterranean studies are booming. Yet, the modern Mediterranean remains a historiographical blind spot. Though historical research on the Mediterranean of the 19th and first half of the 20th century has grown massively during the last decade, the paradigm is still hardly established within the field of modern history where sub-, trans- and non-Mediterranean frameworks of analysis prevail. Since those area studies that do cover parts of the region are either also in an early stage of trans-regionalization or limit themselves to intraregional dynamics, a comprehensive view is missing. In order to change this, this workshop will revisit the genealogy of Mediterraneanism (1); discuss the place of the modern Mediterranean in the field of world history (2); compare the approaches of Mediterranean studies with those of neighboring and connected seas (3) and areas (4), and, finally, reflect upon the question how a history of the modern Mediterranean can be written (5-6). On a methodological level, we wish to define the relation of Mediterranean and global history with regard to the modern age, during which processes of regional and global integration overlapped and influenced each other on an unprecedented scale. The workshop will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin, 4-6 October 2022.

The sixth workshop of the DFG Research Network Modern Mediterranean: Dynamics of a World Region 1800 | 2000 is organized by Manuel Borutta, Malte Fuhrmann, Nora Lafi, Esther Möller and Daniel Tödt in cooperation with Forum Transregionale Studien, Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds (HISDEMAB), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) and Universität Konstanz. The Research Network Modern Mediterranean: Dynamics of a World Region 1800 | 2000 funded by the DFG aims to transcend the fragmentation of separate historiographies and to get a more integrated view of the modern Mediterranean. For further information see:


Tuesday, 4th October 2022

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal

Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin


Welcome & Introduction

by Daniel Tödt (Berlin) and Manuel Borutta (Konstanz)


Beyond Mediterraneanism

Chair: Esther Möller (Paris)

Fernando Esposito (Konstanz):

What time was the modern Mediterranean?

Paul Sant Cassia (Malta):

How to do Mediterranean anthropology today?

17:50-18:05 Break

Joseph Viscomi (London):

On perspective and possibility in Mediterranean history


Round Table:

The Modern Mediterranean in Global History

Chair: Georges Khalil (Berlin)

Manuel Borutta (Konstanz)

Ulrike Freitag (Berlin)

Khaled Kchir (Tunis)

Ilham Khuri-Makdisi (Boston)

Nora Lafi (Berlin)

Céline Regnard (Aix-en-Provence)

20:30 Reception


Wednesday, 5th October 2022

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin

Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin



by Ulrike Freitag (Berlin) and Nora Lafi (Berlin)


Connecting Mediterranean & Sea Studies

Chair: Andreas Guidi (Paris)

Ulrike Freitag (Berlin): Red Sea & Indian Ocean

Andreas Eckert (Berlin): Atlantic Ocean

10.30-11.00 Break

Borut Klabjan (Koper): Adriatic Sea

Dilek Akyalcin Kaya (Rethymno):

Eastern Mediterranean Sea

12:30 Lunch (ZMO)


Connecting Mediterranean & Area Studies

Chair: Rachid Ouaissa (Marburg/Tunis)

M‘hamed Oualdi (Paris): North Africa

Hannes Grandits (Berlin): Southeastern Europe

Liat Kozma (Jerusalem): Middle East

16.00-16.15 Break

Martin Baumeister (Roma): Western Europe

Cristina Lombardi-Diop (Chicago): Sub-Saharan Africa


Keynote Lecture: Spring Equinox in North Africa: Wrecks, People, and Things in the Sea. Or How Do We Do Mediterranean Histories?

by Julia A. Clancy-Smith (Tucson)

Chair: Nora Lafi (Berlin)


Thursday, 6th October 2022

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin

Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin

09:00-13:00 (in a hybrid form)

Writing the Modern Mediterranean I

Chair: Malte Fuhrmann (Berlin)

SPACE: Manuel Borutta (Konstanz)

Comment: Jürgen Osterhammel (Freiburg)

TIME: Fernando Esposito (Konstanz)

Comment: Sebastian Conrad (Berlin)

VIOLENCE: Patrick Bernhard (Oslo)

Comment: Yektan Türkyilmaz (Wien)

KINSHIP: Paul Sant Cassia (Malta)

Comment: Lene Faust (Bern)

REVOLUTIONS: Maurizio Isabella (London)

Comment: Ilham Khuri-Makdisi (Boston)

TOURISM: Jasmin Daam (Bonn)

Comment: Valeska Huber (Wien)

11:00-11:30 Break

FAITH: Karima Direche (Aix-en-Provence/Berlin)

Comment: Zeynep Türkyilmaz (Potsdam)

MISSIONS: Esther Möller (Paris)

Comment: Nazan Maksudyan (Berlin)

IDEOLOGY: Fabian Lemmes (Bochum)

Comment: Sana Tannoury-Karam (Beirut)

MUSIC: Yektan Türkyilmaz (Wien)

Comment: Diana Abbany (Berlin)

13:00 Lunch (ZMO)


Writing the Modern Mediterranean II

Chair: Fernando Esposito (Konstanz)

MEDIA: Arthur Asseraf (Cambridge)

Comment: Frank Bösch (Potsdam)

MIGRATION: Nora Lafi (Berlin)

Comment: Julia A. Clancy-Smith (Tucson)

COSMOPOLITANISM: Malte Fuhrmann (Berlin)

Comment: Robert Ilbert (Paris)

ILLEGALITY: Andreas Guidi (Paris)

Comment: Cyrus Schayegh (Genève)

17:00-17:15 Break

TRADE: Sakis Gekas (Toronto)

Comment: Funda Soysal (Istanbul)

AGRICULTURE: Heinrich Hartmann (Hamburg) Comment: Joseph Viscomi (London)

ENVIRONMENT: Joseph Viscomi (London) Comment: Heinrich Hartmann (Hamburg)

AFRICANS: Daniel Tödt (Berlin)

Comment: Cristina Lombardi-Diop (Chicago)



by Robert Ilbert (Paris)

Contact Info: 

Jovo Miladinovic

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