Introduction

THE ITALIAN AND MEDITERRANEAN COLLOQUIUM

In recent years scholars have revisited in new and creative ways the Mediterranean as a category of historical, cultural and anthropological analysis. The spatial turn in the humanities has led them to look beyond the narrow lenses of their case studies and to reframe their research within a wider regional and even global perspective. At the same time, new migratory and refugee paths have reshaped (and are constantly reshaping) the landscape of the sea, inviting us to reexamine the human face of its adjacent lands and to resketch the geography of our countries, challenging conventional boundaries between East and West, North and South, distant and close seas.

It is these tendencies that the “Italian and Mediterranean Colloquium” aims to grasp and record. In welcoming a series of scholars, artists and intellectuals working on these themes, the Colloquium intents not only to place Italy and the Italian studies within a Mediterranean and global framework, but also to yield the floor to voices studying different aspects of Mediterranean history, culture, literature and anthropology, from the early modern to contemporary times. It aspires thus to be a crossroad of people and ideas and a common space of discussion for scholars and students alike.

 

Pier Mattia Tommasino

Konstantina Zanou

For the Department of Italian, Columbia University