Crossings: Negotiating borders and boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean

Crossings: Negotiating borders and boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean

Saturday, 29 April 2017 - 9:30am to Sunday, 30 April 2017 - 6:00pm
Radcliffe Humanities Building, University of Oxford
Clare Azzopardi (University of Malta Junior College)
Yiannis Papadakis (University of Cyprus)
Kristina Gedgaudaite, DPhil Candidate, Modern Languages; Suja Sawafta, DPhil Candidate, Oriental Studies

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Participants have been encouraged to think of borders and boundaries not only in geographical terms, but also as a more general category denoting limits – be it the limits of genre, identity or culture. What continuities and ruptures are invoked in the making of borders and boundaries? How are they delimited, and what are their markers, if any? What is it that crosses borders (people, products, stories) and what stays behind? What cultural processes take place as a result of such crossings? How do the crossings manifest themselves in our everyday? Do the traditionally perceived binaries between self and other still hold at the liminal spaces of crossings? The conference called postgraduate students to explore these questions through the lens of history, geography, politics, anthropology, sociology, media studies, translation, literature, performance and visual arts, cultural and religious studies, and other relevant disciplines.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • State borders, geographical boundaries, and transitory spaces
  • Cultural and religious minorities and multicultural identities
  • Sites of memory and cultural heritage as spaces of cultural negotiation
  • Crossings through time: uses of the past in the present
  • Crossings in literature, film, theatre, music and visual arts
  • Translation, transliteration, and translingualism across literary traditions
  • Bodily boundaries and the politics of gender and sexuality
  • The role of media, Internet, and social networks
  • Transcultural and transnational networks and the processes of globalization

The Conference is organized thanks to a grant by the TORCH-AHRC Graduate Fund, and is supported by the Sub-faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek, Oxford, The Middle East Centre and South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) at St Antony’s College, and the Onassis Foundation.