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15th EASA Biennial Conference
European Association of Social Anthropologists Association Européenne des Anthropologues Sociaux
Locating the Mediterranean : Connections and Separations across Space and Time Location
Stockholm 14 -17 Août 2018
Over the last century, scholarly understandings of the Mediterranean have gone through multiple transformations. Braudel saw the Sea as overlapping temporal durations (1949). Following this, anthropologists of the mid-twentieth century conceived of shared norms and practices that united peoples 'of' the Mediterranean
Their conceptions were ruptured by critique that dissolved regional unity (Herzfeld 1984). More recently, historians and anthropologists have explored how micro-regions and small-scale ecosystems conjoin to shape a Mediterranean of both 'connectivity' and 'separation'
In conjunction with contemporary events, these debates have recently generated a new wave of interest in Mediterranean region-formation. Popular uprisings unsettle regimes, economic crises uproot families, right-wing nationalist movements call for expulsion of those rendered different, and violent wars force people to abandon homes. The processes of people, ideas and goods moving, settling, and staying provoked by these events question connections and separations between Southern Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. What historical, legal, political and social threads weave together this Mediterranean constellation? What are the particular epistemologies, logics, materials, infrastructures, and discursive systems calibrating value and meaning across this maritime space-time? How are experiences of 'being somewhere in particular' generated by and within these 'locating regimes', which simultaneously comprise and dissolve the Mediterranean ?
This symposium intends to put into conversation intellectual traditions that have all too often been developed in isolation. We thus invite papers that explore these questions through historiography, ethnography, and rigorous crossings of these disciplinary boundaries.
The Mediterranean Sea in the Arab Historiography
A preliminary approach of Arab-Mediterranean Perceptions and Outlooks
Dr Mohieddine Hadhri
The present paper aims at placing the Mediterranean sea within the cultural perceptions and literary productions of the Arab World, through the medieval ,modern and contemporary eras, with a particular focus on the Maghreb countries. How do collective consciousness and cultural representations in the South see the Mediterranean as a heritage of civilization? Does the Mediterranean exist at all for Arabs? Or does it holds at least a marginal place in the Arab cultural and scientific productions? If the latter hypothesis were true, what are the underlying reasons for this relative marginality of the Mediterranean? These are some of the questions we will try to answer, the goal being to make some clarifications on the outlook of Southern Mediterranean countries towards the Mediterranean cultural heritage.
For this purpose , this paper will refer to the description of the Mediterranean sea within the manuscripts produced by some renowned Arab scholar such as the Sicilian Al Idrissi geographer , the Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta and the historian Ibn Khaldun .Moreover, this preliminary approach will be completed by further references and details on the contemporary perceptions of Arab thinkers towards the Mediterranean area and its place in the Arab visions and outlooks such as the Egyptian Taha Hussein , the Tunisian novelist al Douagi and the Lebanese philosopher Rene Habachi .