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The Mediterranean Seminar Winter Workshop 2024, Intermediaries, Middle Grounds, Middle Sea

February 9 - March 10
Royce Hall 306 and 314, 10745 Dickson Court
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The CMRS Center for Early Global Studies invites you the Mediterranean Seminar Winter Workshop for 2024, titled Intermediaries, Middle Grounds, Middle Sea. The workshop will take place from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, February 10 in Royce 306 and 314.

As the theater of engagement and integration of communities originating on the shores or from the hinterlands of Africa, Asia, and Europe, the Mediterranean region served as a dynamic center of interaction and exchange from Antiquity through early modernity. Even as it began to lose political and economic centrality, it has remained a zone of engagement of diverse peoples and cultures into the Modern era. This engagement is both the product and the catalyst of continuous dialectical processes of translation, transculturation, colonization, and syncretism across the gamut of human experience and expression: in art, literature, language, music, religion, media, material culture, and folk practices, as well as in social, economic, political, and institutional dynamics.

The Winter 2024 Mediterranean Seminar Workshop focuses on the agents (the “go-betweens”) and the currents (the “in-betweens”) of such dialectics. Typically invisible or, at best, marginalized in traditional historiographies and disciplines, intermediaries and middle grounds (synthetic texts, translations, objects, institutions and strategies, and the individuals and communities who were their agents and products) are crucial to the understanding of the history and culture of the Mediterranean, and of the historical processes which gave rise to many aspects of the modern world.

The workshop will also feature two keynote presentations:
Rustam Shukurov (University of St Andrews), Friday
Claire Gilbert (Saint Louis University), Saturday

Register to attend in person

Organizers – Brian A. Catlos, Sharon Kinoshita, and Zrinka Stahuljak 

Hosted and Sponsored by CMRS Center for Early Global Studies at the University of California Los Angeles

Center for Near Eastern Studies
Department of Art History
Department of European Languages & Transcultural Studies
Department of History (Wellman Chair in Medieval History)
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Department of Spanish & Portuguese



Royce Hall 306 and 314
10745 Dickson Court
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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