Mare Nostrum. Negotiating European Values and Norms in the Mediterranean / Mare Nostrum. Verhandlungen europäischer Werte und Normen im Mittelmeer

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September 4, 2017 to September 8, 2017
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Course Description:

When Paul Valéry wrote his Essay on “La crise de l'esprit” in 1919 by which he addressed the crisis of the European mind he depicted the Eastern part of the Mediterreanean Sea as a ‘sort of pré-Europe'. “Les Celtes, les Slaves, les peoples germaniques; ont subi l'enchantement de la plus noble des mers; une sorte de tropisme invincible, s'exerçant pendant des siècles, a donc fait de ce basin aux formes admirable l'objet du désir universel et le lieu de la plus grande activité humaine”(P. Valéry, Oeuvres 1, 1957, 1005). For centuries the Mediterranean Sea has been a space of transcultural exchange. Today we face the Mediterranean Sea as a mass grave for thousands of refugees aiming for Europe where they hope to find better living conditions. Europe, however, closes its borders. The course will investigate in a historical and theoretical perspective the role of the Mediterranean Sea for the development of Europe as a cultural idea and political entity. We will read and discuss philosophical and literary texts, essays and literary works (e.g. by Homer, Ovid, Shakespeare, Goethe, Bahr, Nietzsche, Valéry, Camus, Derrida, Agamben) in order to understand better the contemporary developments – and especially the importance of the Mediterranean for the future (of) Europe. Participants’ own ideas and projects are welcome.

The course directors cannot cover travel and accommodation expenses or the course fees for participants. Students who would like to collect ECTS-Credit Points will have to give a paper. Costs for Travel and Accommodation as well as the Course Fee will not be compensated.

  • Course Language: German Course
  • Fee: € 80,-

Please apply via the IUC Website ( or direct your application by June 30 to: Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf ( or Prof. Dr. Tomislav Zelić (

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Graduate Course at the Inter University Centre Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Course Directors:

  • Florian Kläger, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Alfred Sproede, University of Münster, Germany
  • Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, University of Münster, Germany
  • Tomislav Zelić, University of Zadar, Croatia
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