CFP: "Currents and Currency: Cultural Circulations in the Mediterranean and Beyond," 3 day Workshop (Funded), Antalya, Turkey

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“Currents and Currency:CulturalCirculationsin the Mediterranean and Beyond”  

3 day Workshop 


Koç UniversitySuna& İnanKıraçCenter for Mediterranean Civilizations   

Antalya, Turkey  

June 13-15,2019  


Convenedby C.CeyhunArslan and Megan C. MacDonald   


Deadline for abstracts: January 15, 2019  


Dear All,  

Weinvite abstract submissions for the3-dayworkshopCurrents and Currency: Cultural Circulationsin the Mediterranean and Beyond,tobe heldin Antalya, Turkey,at theKoç UniversitySuna& İnanKıraçCenter for Mediterranean Civilizations(AKMED)on June 13-15, 2019.Antalya isa Mediterranean inlet, an overlapping archive of historical legacies, andTurkey’s gateway toitssouthern Mediterraneanshores.

The current emphasis on migrations and cultural circulations in humanities correspondsto a re-turn to theMediterranean in literary and cultural studies.Currents and Currency: Cultural Circulations in the Mediterranean and Beyondaims to bring togethercultural works that constitute alternative archives of the Mediterraneanin order toreassessthe current geographical divides that shape typical understandingsof the Mediterranean and beyond. It thusopens upcomparative paradigms that suggestnewperspectives on translation, circulation, migration, art, and literature.What can circulation and currency tell us about current Mediterranean cultural productions? How do they travel? Do they leave traces?  

We encouragesubmissionsengaging withdiverseMediterraneancultural andartistic productions from the 19thto the 21stcentury, including,but not limitedto:literature,photography,artistic productions,travelnarratives,cinema anddocumentaries,as well asTVseries.   

All workshop participants will be eligible for travel assistance/funding (details below).  

We are particularly interested in the following topics:  

·       Cultural circulationsinthe Mediterraneanambient  

·       “Mediterranean literatures”and/or“Mediterranean art” ascategories of analysis  

·       Colonialism and imperialismin the modern Mediterranean  

·       Migration and the Mediterranean  

·       Mediterranean Archives  

·       The Black Mediterranean  

·       A “Mediterranean Turn” in literary studies  

·       Mediterranean Literature as World Literature  

·       Gender and sexuality in the Mediterranean basin  

·       Conceptual, temporal, and geographical bridges of/inthe Mediterranean  

·       “Non-Mediterranean”workson the Mediterranean   

·       Connecting/Comparative Seas(Black Sea, Marmara Sea, and Red Sea in particular)  

·       Mediterranean“Blind spots”or “neglected”Mediterraneans(Literary traditions, productions, and/ortime periods thatdonot receiveadequateattention in a Mediterranean framework)  



300 word abstracts andabbreviatedCVs are to be sent to C.CeyhunArslan and Megan C. MacDonald ( 15, 2019.   

Weare attentive tothediversity of participants in terms of career stage and geographicalbase, and particularly encourage ABDs, early-career, and mid-career researchers to apply.   



Workshop papers will be pre-circulated among participants, and participants will be expected to send a short draft of their paper (8-10 pages) by May 15, 2019.   

The workshop will be conducted in English.  

We plan to follow the workshop with a special journal issue basedon the workshop theme.   



“Currents and Currency:CulturalCirculationsin the Mediterranean and Beyond” is funded byMarie-SklodowskaCurie Actions(Grant No795465) under the Horizon 2020 Framework of the European Commission.   

The following expenses will be coveredfor all participants:  

·         Accommodation for up to three nights   

·         Breakfast and lunchduring the workshop days, and group dinners (two nights)  

·         On-site trips in Antalya   

·         One round-trip economy ticket to Antalya(ticketsreimbursedup to 500 Euros).   


Should you have any questions or concerns about theworkshop, please do not hesitate to contactus.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Antalya,    

C.CeyhunArslan and Megan C. MacDonald  

C. Ceyhun Arslan 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Fellow (2018-2020) 

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature 

Koç UniversityIstanbul 


Megan C. MacDonald 

EURIAS fellow (2018-2019)  

Fondation IMéRAUniversité Aix-Marseille 

(Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions - COFUND Programme - FP7) 

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature 

Koç UniversityIstanbul