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Entangled Histories of Things in the Mediterranean World

Date: Thursday 14 December 2017
The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia 
Convenors: Giovanni Tarantino (giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au), Susanne Meurer (susanne.meurer@uwa.edu.au), Arvi Wattel (arvi.wattel@uwa.edu.au).

FREE EVENT, but RSVP requested to convenors by Thursday 7 December for catering purposes.

Contact: Giovanni Tarantino (giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au)  

This workshop will have a particular focus on the interactions of subject, material and emotional formations, applying a ‘new materialities’ analytical paradigm to examine the entangled trajectories, transmissions and transfers of people, ideas and objects across Mediterranean spaces. It thus advances research on the interconnected histories of people, places and things in circulation in the Mediterranean world over a long historical timeframe. The workshop seeks to apply new methodological lenses to the complex and entangled history of the geo-cultural space the Mediterranean World. These new analytical frameworks demand that we consider people, places and things as having entangled subjective, affective, emotional and material lives that are mutually constitutive. As such, these theories suggest that we cannot study individuals and societies outside of their interactions with material entities such as spaces and places and affective experiences, but only in relation to them – and likewise, spaces, objects and emotional experience as relational constructs produced through interactions with people. Thus, people, places and things are ‘entangled’.

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