Spring School Mediterranean History

University of Konstanz, 28 - 30 March 2023

Explore the Liquid Continent:
Spring School Mediterranean History

University of Konstanz, K7

28-30 March 2023

Manuel Borutta, Sven Reichardt (Konstanz)

Fernando Esposito, Bianca Gaudenzi, Marc Gehrmann, Ulrich Gotter, Daniel König, Jovo Miladinović, Alejandro Peláez Martín, James Wilson (Konstanz) and Nora Lafi (Berlin)

The Mediterranean is a contact zone of Africa, Asia and Europe that was closely intertwined long before modern globalization: a ‘liquid continent’ where borders have constantly shifted since ancient times. Today the region is in the focus due to multiple crises and conflicts. Many of these current problems have a deep history.

The Spring School will shed light on them in a longue durée perspective. Together with students from different countries from Europe and the Mediterranean distinguished scholars and experts from all periods of Mediterranean history we will highlight crucial topics such as power, violence and representation, social inequality, religion and mobility across the ages. Concise lectures and intensive group work with sources will be combined to provide an understanding of epoch-spanning features and epoch-specific problems of the region that are also relevant to its present and future. Participants will receive a reader in advance.

The Spring School is primarily aimed at advanced BA students from various disciplines (e.g. History, Islamic, Jewish or Ottoman studies, Arabic or Romance studies) who are interested in the planned new Master’s programme Mediterranean History at the University of Konstanz, which is expected to start in the winter term 2023/24. The Spring School will be accompanied by an attractive supporting programme including excursions to the city and the lake of Constance. Costs of travel and accommodation for external participants can be covered to a certain extent.

For BA students of the University of Konstanz, attendance of this compact course is credited with 3 credit points. Language of instruction is English. Please register via ZEUS by 15 December 2022.

For students from other universities, both domestic and international, travel and accommodation costs can partly be reimbursed. Please send your application (CV, letter of motivation Transcript of Records) to Jovo Miladinović by 15 December, 2022.


Monday, 27 March 2023
Arrival of external participants

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

09:00    Welcome and Introduction
10:00     Presentation of sources by Marc Gehrmann
10:15      Student group work
11:00     Coffee Break
11:30      Presentation of results
12:15      Final Discussion of the Ancient Mediterranean
13:00     Lunch at Mensa
14:00     Ulrich Gotter: Mare Nostrum: How to Govern a Sea?
15:30     Boat to Unteruhldingen
16:00    Pfahlbauten-Museum
19:00    Bus and Ferry to Staad
20:00   Dinner at Restaurant Hohenhegg

Wednesday, 29 March 2023

09:00    Daniel König: The Post-Roman Mediterranean and the Rise of Islam
10:00     Presentation of sources: Daniel König, Alejandro Peláez Martín, James Wilson
10:15      Student group work
11:00      Coffee Break
11:30      Presentation of results
12:15      Final Discussion of the Medieval Mediterranean
13:00    Lunch at Mensa
14:00    Bus to Konstanz
14:30    Guided Historical Walking Tour
18:00    Nora Lafi: The Ottoman Mediterranean: Geopolitics and Historical Anthropology
20:00   Dinner at Constanzer Wirtshaus

Thursday, 30 March 2023

09:00    Manuel Borutta and Sven Reichardt:
                 Mare Nostrum 2.0: Genealogy of the Present
10:00     Presentation of sources by Manuel Borutta, Fernando Esposito, Bianca Gaudenzi,
                Jovo Miladinović and Sven Reichardt
10.15      Student group work
11:00      Coffee Break
11:30      Presentation of results
12:15      Final Discussion of the Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean
12:30     Presentation of Planned New Master Programme
13:30    Lunch and Mensa
14:30    Bus to Konstanz
15:00    Catamaran to Friedrichshafen
16:00    Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen
18:00    Catamaran to Konstanz
19:00    Dinner at Restaurant Beyzade in Konstanz

Friday, 31 March 2023
Departure of external participants