Rethinking Imperial Space: Trans-Mediterranean Perspectives

Rethinking Imperial Space: Trans-Mediterranean Perspectives

Mediterranean Platform / Dr. K.H. Eberle Research Center "Cultures of Europe in a Multipolar World" / Center for Cultural Studies (University Konstanz) (University Konstanz)
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Universität Konstanz: The Key Lecture Y311 and the Workshop K7
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13.07.2022 - 14.07.2022
Jovo Miladinovic, Fachbereich Geschichte, Universität Konstanz

The Mediterranean Platform, the Dr. K.H. Eberle Research Center "Cultures of Europe in a Multipolar World" and the Center for Cultural Studies of University Konstanz are organizing a two-day international workshop entitled "Rethinking Imperial Space: Trans-Mediterranean Perspectives". The workshop is taking place between 13 and 14 July 2022 at University Konstanz.

Rethinking Imperial Space: Trans-Mediterranean Perspectives

A great deal of world history is imperial history. The Mediterranean in particular was strongly affected by empires across the ages. Some of them, like the Roman, remained “long-lasting reference points for later empire-builders” worldwide, while others, such as the Umayyad caliphate or Habsburg Spain, had a global impact as well. Thus the region seems to be a good starting point to rethink imperial space. Although the Roman Empire has been researched extensively, the ‘new Mediterranean studies’ have neglected the topic of empire so far , and the post-Roman Mediterranean has been no privileged area of investigation for imperial history. Against this background, our workshop compares trans-Mediterranean empires that had a firm basis in the region but also transcended it. Since empires are large political bodies, they are fundamentally challenged by spatial distance. Therefore, we will focus on the imaginary geographies and spatial practices of trans-Mediterranean empires in order to understand how imperial space within and beyond the region was conceptualized, shaped and remembered. We will do this with a threefold aim:

(1) By contrasting distinctions between ‚cores and peripheries‘ or ‚metropoles and colonies‘ that are well established in theories of empire, with alternative forms of political organization such as the ‘municipality’, the ‘commonwealth’, or the ‘nation-state’, we wish to sharpen our understanding of imperial space.
(2) By comparing pre-modern with modern empires, we try to overcome the narrow time range of the ‘new Mediterranean studies’ that often exclude the modern age or relegate responsibility to anthropologists when the latter is concerned.
(3) By focussing on empires that all transcended the region, we wish to intensify the dialogue between Mediterranean and global history.


Wednesday 13 July 2022
Universität Konstanz, Y311, 78462 Konstanz

Rethinking Imperial Space

17.15h Keynote Lecture by Jane Burbank & Frederick Cooper (New York): Rethinking Imperial Space

19.00h Reception

20.30h Dinner: Hafenhalle, Hafenstr. 10 78462 Konstanz

Thursday 14 July 2022
Universität Konstanz, K7, 78462 Konstanz

Trans-Mediterranean Perspectives

09.00h Manuel Borutta (Konstanz): Introduction

09.15h Ulrich Gotter (Konstanz): Communities, the Imperial Framework, and the Sea: The Mediterranean Dimension of the Roman Empire

10.15h Coffee Break

10.45h Daniel G. König (Konstanz): From Caliphate to Commonwealth: Political Fragmentation and the Resilience of Imperial Standards

11.45h Kirsten Mahlke (Konstanz): Imperial counternarrative(s) in 16th Century South American Chronicles

12.45h Lunch Break

14.15h Nora Lafi (Berlin): Rethinking Ottoman Imperiality: an Urban and Mediterranean Perspective

15.15h Manuel Borutta (Konstanz): Rethinking Modern France: Algeria, Corsica, and the Midi

16.15h Coffee Break

16.45h Malte Fuhrmann (Berlin): Germany's Mediterranean Empire: Colonial Fantasies and Bloody Consequences

17.45h Andreas Guidi (Konstanz): Fascist Colonialism as Post-Ottoman History: Imperial Continuities in a changing Mediterranean Space viewed from Rhodes

19.00h Final Discussion

20.30h IKRAMS, Bodanstrasse 4, 78462 Konstanz


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