Monthly Archives: September 2019

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PIMo Newsletter 2019/1

By |2019-09-26T10:27:16+00:00September 25th, 2019|Newsletters|

Welcome message from the Chair: On 26 June 2017, when opening the International Seminar Series ‘Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World’, from which the PIMo Action would then spring, I pointed out that despite its transdisciplinary capacity to overturn or revitalize consolidated approaches and historiographic methods, the emotional turn in historical studies might soon lose its innovative force, unless, that is, it broadened its horizons, exploring emotional cultures, lexicons, and taxonomies and investigating their porosity and their entanglements. It seemed necessary then, I noted, ‘that the project inaugurated in Naples should seek to involve an increasing number of institutions and scholars with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, but who are willing to explore the historical and enduring complexities of cross-cultural dynamics.’ Two years later, here we are, a community of 117 scholars from 40 nations. The Cost Action 18140 People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean, or PIMo, is a four-year global research project being undertaken by scholars from the humanities and social sciences, including historians, philosophers, mathematicians, and experts from fields as diverse as [...]

Susan Broomhall, ‘Hercules at the Hippodrome: Cycles of displacement across the Mediterranean’

By |2019-09-12T12:20:38+00:00September 9th, 2019|Reflections|

At the turn of the sixteenth century, a young boy, the son of a Greek Christian sailor from Parga, was forcibly taken from his home, sold to a widow in Manisa who educated the intelligent child and taught him the violin, an instrument he learned to play “to perfection”. Later, he would become the property of a young prince who was born the very same week as himself, a youth who would become Sultan Süleyman I. Such were some of the tales of origins that were told by and about this intriguing Muslim convert to Christian ambassadors who wrote with fascination about the powerful, trusted official of the sultan, İbrahim Paşa (1493/4?–1536). To read the reports of those Christians, İbrahim Paşa never lost his interest in the Christian world that vied with the Ottoman Empire for control of the Mediterranean at this period. They noted optimistically the tastes of the sultan’s wily grand vizier for luxury art and design from the West and of friendships cultivated with Christian advisors. After the 1526 Ottoman victory over the Kingdom of Hungary, led [...]

Ships and Caravans

By |2019-09-02T22:48:11+00:00September 1st, 2019|Calls for papers|

Ships and Caravans, Wrecks and Bounties: Travelling and the Exchange of Objects (Fifteenth – Twenty-first Centuries) Date: 14-15 February 2020 Venue: University of Zadar Convenors: Irena Radić Rossi, Tülay Artan, Luca Molà, Mirko Sardelić Proposals are encouraged which address the study of maritime transport; the circulation of objects (by land and by sea) from multidisciplinary perspectives; or which present original research on case studies engaging with any of the following topics: ports and markets as crucial points of contact and for the exchange of objects; shipwrecks as sources of ancient objects, and as tangible evidence of how they were packed, sorted, arranged, or stored; movable objects as elements of individual/collective identity; the displacement, dispossession, and the loss of objects; the recovery of precious objects (either from the sea floor or from enemy hands); emotional attachments to important religious or personal objects, in the past and present. Abstract submission (deadline and details): Researchers interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit proposals with a title, an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief bio (100-150 words) to [...]