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Convenors

Giovanni Tarantino
The University of Western Australia
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Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World

The cluster aims to apply new methodological lenses to the complex and entangled history of the geo-cultural space of the Mediterranean.

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Entangled histories (Espagne, Kocka, Werner, Zimmermann) have explored 'mutual influencing', 'reciprocal or asymmetric perceptions', and the intertwined 'processes of constituting one another'. In his highly informed interdisciplinary work Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (Duke University Press, 2008), Iain Chambers has provided a timely reminder that the Mediterranean is a fusion of European, African and Asian influences. He explores what he calls the 'liquid materiality' of the area: the ways in which 'overlapping territories and intertwined histories' suggest 'the making of a more multiple Mediterranean', where borders are 'both transitory and zones of transit'. The Mediterranean is an extensive geopolitical space which has long acted as a flexible locus of exchange for a multitude of cultural transactions. In it, North, South, East and West are all 'entangled in a cultural and historical net cast over centuries, even millennia'.

In more recent comparative work, scholars have increasingly engaged with what Serge Gruzinski has described as the 'alchemy of hybridisation'. The term 'hybridity' has been the subject of debate ever since Homi Bhabha’s seminal work The Location of Culture appeared in 1994. Within the context of globalisation in particular, cultural transformations are being increasingly analysed as hybridisation processes. Although hybridity itself is often treated as a specifically postcolonial phenomenon, Peter Burke has shown that a high level of cultural intermingling is an intrinsic part of human experience. Not less importantly, historians of emotions have begun to investigate and problematise the transcultural translatability of emotions. Despite its transdisciplinary capacity to upset or revitalise consolidated approaches and historiographic methods, the emotional turn in historical studies might soon lose its innovative force, unless it broadens its horizons, exploring emotional cultures, lexicons and taxonomies and investigating their porosity, hybridisation; in a word, their entanglements.

Convenors

Giovanni Tarantino (The University of Western Australia) giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au
Susanne Meurer (The University of Western Australia) susanne.meurer@uwa.edu.au
Arvi Wattel (The University of Western Australia) arvi.wattel@uwa.edu.au

Collaborating Members

Nadia Al-Bagdadi (Central European University)
Daniel Barbu (CRASSH Cambridge/ CNRS Paris)
Stefano Carboni (Art Gallery of Western Australia)
Randi Deguilhem (Aix-Marseille University/CNRS/MMSH)
Graziano Gentili
(INdAM/University of Florence)
Daniela Hacke (Freie Universität Berlin)
Lauren Jacobi (MIT Architecture)
Catherine Kovesi (The University of Melbourne)
Luca Molà (European University Institute)
Luisa Simonutti (CNR/ISPF Milan)
Hélène Sirantoine (The University of Sydney)
Anastasia Stouraiti (Goldsmiths University of London)
Ann Thomson (European University Institute)

Cluster Activities

International Seminar Series 'Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World' (in collaboration with the Society for the History of Emotions):

  1. 'Cultures in Movement: New Visions, New Conceptual Paradigms', Naples (Italy), 26 June 2017.
  2. ‘Ports and Portals: Spaces of Encounter, Entanglement and Exchange’, Palace Milesi, Split (Croatia), 25 September 2017.
  3. 'Entangled Histories of Things in the Mediterranean World', The University of Western Australia, Perth (Australia), 14 December 2017.
  4. 'People in Movement: Mediterranean Encounters', European University Institute, Florence (Italy), 5 February 2018.
  5. 'Religious Sentiments across Central and Eastern Europe', Central European University, Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest (Hungary), 18 June 2018.

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Main Outcomes

Research and publishing on Entangled Histories of Emotions

Workshops, symposia and conferences

Interdisciplinary grant applications

Public engagement activities

Work in progress

Cromohs special issue 'From Comparative to Global History: Assessing Relational Approaches to the Past' in preparation


Image: Johannes (or Johann) Lingelbach, Harbour on the Mediterranean (1670), Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

CHE Members

Lisa Beaven

The University of Melbourne

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Jane-Héloïse Nancarrow (2016)

The University of Western Australia

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Umberto Grassi

The University of Sydney

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Katrina O'Loughlin

The University of Western Australia

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Elizabeth Reid

The University of Western Australia

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Andrea Rizzi (2015-2017)

The University of Melbourne

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Mirko Sardelic

The University of Western Australia

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Yasmin Haskell

The University of Bristol

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Louise D’Arcens (2012-2017)

The University of Wollongong

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Susan Broomhall (Full term)

The University of Western Australia

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