Area Studies

The project is structured around three related methodological and theoretical complexes: area studies, mental mapping, and conceptual history.

 

Workshop 2014

Comparative Area and Transregional Studies.
A Framework for the Baltic and the Mediterranean

Venice, 13 – 14 November 2014

First Workshop of the «Spaces of Expectation» Research Project

13 November
Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani
Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza, San Polo 2765 A

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14:00-14:15 Presentation

14:15-15:45 – Project input statements
Norbert GÖTZ, Janne HOLMÉN, Jussi KURUNMÄKI, Deborah PACI, Rolf PETRI, Vasilis PETROGIANNIS

Break

16:15-17:45 Historical Regions
Diana MISHKOVA (Sofia): Conceptualization of historical regions and boundaries
David G. KIRBY (London): From conflict to collaboration: changing concepts of the Baltic
Comment: Jussi KURUNMÄKI

18:00-19:00 Keynote
Martin BAUMEISTER (Rome): The return of Ulysses. Varieties of the ‘New Mediterranean’ between Mediterraneanism and Southern Thought

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14 November
Università Ca’ Foscari – Dip. Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati
Palazzo Cosulich, Dorsoduro 1405, Fondamenta Zattere: Sala Media

09:30–11:00 Narratives
Jörg HACKMANN (Szczecin): Between domination and co-operation. Narratives of Baltic space in Central and Eastern Europe
Luis F. BENEDUZI (Venice): Representations of the Mediterranean in Latin-American narratives
Comment: Deborah PACI

11:30–13:00 Region Building
Mark BASSIN (Stockholm): Eurasia: a postmodern trans-regional region
Paolo GIACCARIA (Turin): Genealogies for a post-colonial sea: from Vidal de la Blache to Bruxelles
Comment: Janne HOLMÉN

Break

14:30–16:30 Roundtable ‘Area Studies’
Bo PETERSSON (Malmö): ‘We don’t do Area Studies’: Regional studies from a Political Science perspective
Matteo LEGRENZI (Venice): The Oxford ‘School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies’: a critical evaluation
Markus KOLLER (Bochum): Perspectives on Mediterranean Studies: the Centre for Meditarranean Studies at the University of Bochum
Rebecka LETTEVALL (Stockholm): Constructing area studies after the cold war: a critique from a cosmopolitan point of view

Break

17:00–18:00 Discussion and Conclusion
Henrik STENIUS (Helsinki): General Remarks
Moderation of the final debate:
Norbert GÖTZ, Rolf PETRI

PDF Version of the Program

Photos: Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venedig

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