Podcast: “The Global Mediterranean” - The Mediterranean Seminar Winter/Spring 2021 Workshop (February-April)

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February 5, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Ancient History, Area Studies, Classical Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

The Mediterranean Seminar and The Ohio State University announce that The Mediterranean Seminar Winter/Spring 2021 virtual workshop on  “The Global Mediterranean” to be held via Zoom from February through April 2021, and organized by Harry Kashdan (OSU), Brian Catlos (CU Boulder) and Sharon Kinoshita (UCSC) will be available as podcast.


Access the recorded meeting podcasts here at www.mediterraneanseminar.org.


The Global Mediterranean


“To claim that there is a global Mediterranean which in the sixteenth century, reached as far as the Azores and the New World, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, the Baltic and the loop of the Niger, may appear an unwarranted exaggeration of its boundaries. . . [Yet] what boundaries can be marked when we are dealing not with plants and animals, relief and climate, but men, whom no barriers or frontiers can stop?”

Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, 168.


This is the first (and we hope the last) Mediterranean Seminar workshop that will be held virtually. The workshop is a collaborative and interactive event in which attendees are given the opportunity and are expected to participate.


The program takes place over the course of five two-hour sessions held on Fridays in February, March and April.


Workshop papers will be pre-circulated. Authors will make a short presentation, followed by comments from a respondent, leading to a moderated discussion involving all participants.

Round-table presenters will pre-circulate short position papers, and will make very brief comments leading into a moderated discussion involving all participants.


Registration to the live sessions is closed, but streamed version of these meetings will be available shortly after each meeting for a limited period of time. Workshop papers are distributed only to attendees of the “live” meeting; to obtain a copy of workshop materials, contact the individual workshop presenters.



Workshop Sessions:Friday, February 5, 3:00 PM Eastern

“The Birth of a Mediterranean Global Imaginaire”

• Marcus Ziemann, (Classics, The Ohio State)

Response: Sean Burrus (Bowdoin College Museum of Art)


Friday, February 19, 3:00 PM Eastern

“Shrinking Mediterranean, Expanding Atlantic: The Genoese between the Ottoman and Iberian Empires, 1435-1492"

• Padraic Rohan (History, Stanford University)

Response: Andrew Devereux, (History, UC San Diego)


Friday, March 5, 3:00 PM Eastern

“Working the Global Mediterranean: Mezemorta Hüseyin Paşa as Corsair, Captive, Dey, and Admiral in the Late Seventeenth Century”

• John J. Curry (History, U of Nevada-Las Vegas)

Response: Fariba Zarinebaf (History, UC Riverside)



Friday, April 9, 3:00 PM EasternRound Table 1. Area Studies: Global Mediterranean/Global Middle Ages: Eurocentric or Revisionist?

1. Allen Fromherz (History, Georgia State)

2. Kathryn Hain (History, Northeast Community College)

3. Ian Merkel (History, University of Miami)

4. Melinda McClimans (Middle East Studies Center, The Ohio State)

5. Erik Scaltriti (French and Italian, The Ohio State)

6. Danielle Schoon (Near Eastern Studies, The Ohio State)

7. David Wacks (Romance Languages, University of Oregon)


Friday, April 16, 3:00 PM EasternRound Table 2. Circulation: Is it Anachronistic to Frame Mediterranean Circulation as Global?

1. Demetrio Antolini (French and Italian, The Ohio State)

2. Sean Burrus (Bowdoin College Museum)

3. Anny Gaul (Center for the Humanities, Tufts)

4. Albert Gelmi (Comp Lit, CUNY Graduate Center)

5. Carolina López-Ruiz (Classics, The Ohio State)

6. Enrico Zammarchi (French and Italian, The Ohio State)

7. Oumelbanine Zhiri (Literature, UC San Diego)


This event is made possible by the support of the following units of The Ohio State University: Arts & Humanities Large Grants Program, Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme, Global Mediterranean Working Group, Department of African American and African Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Classics, Department of Comparative Studies, Department of French and Italian, Department of History, Department of History of Art, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Humanities Institute, International Studies, Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Migration, Mobility, and Immobility, Office of International Affairs, and with the support of the CU Mediterranean Studies 

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