The Transregional Academy was held 19–29 September 2016, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno (Crete).
The Transregional Academy “De-Framing the Mediterranean from the 21st Century” aimed at gathering a group of doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from fields of anthropology, migration and urban studies, cultural and area studies, economics, political science, law, geography and history whose current work relates to the Mediterranean so as to probe, discuss and generate new ideas, concepts, tools and methodologies for a better understanding of current dynamics. The idea was to provide a laboratory for rethinking and discussing the history of the Mediterranean, the Mittelmeer, the “White Sea” from todays’ perspectives and challenges.
We invited participants to share approaches, insights and theories from a variety of disciplines and regional traditions in order to contribute a more inclusive position. While combining local and transnational perspectives, the Academy sought to reconsider not only the usual disciplinary divisions but the spatial ones as well (North/South and East/West) so as to encourage new research approaches from still dominated or marginalized areas and perspectives. We aim to enhance participants’ digital savoir-faire through studies of data networks and the circulation of information while also closely heeding the concrete dimensions of space, geography and agency in its concrete contexts, dimensions and scales.
The Transregional Academy was chaired by Leyla Dakhli and Teresa Koloma-Beck (Centre Marc Bloch), Zaal Andronikashvili (Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin; Ilia State University Georgia), Marinos Sariyannis and Apostolos Delis (Institute for Mediterranean Studies), Carolina Kobelinsky (Centre for Ethnology and Comparative Sociology, Paris), and Mayssoun Sukarieh (King’s College London).
The Transregional Academy was part of the strategic cooperation between the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland. It was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).