The Mediterranean City: Space

The first of a series of three colloquia on The Mediterranaean City, jointly organised with the British School at Rome, took place on 24th November, generously hosted by the Institute of Medieval Studies of the University of St Andrews.

The purpose of these events is to provide a venue for discussion on themes in the history of the Mediterranean City. The conscious intention is to allow a sharing of perspectives between scholars with expertise in different aspects of the civilizations bordering the ‘middle sea’.  The chronological focus moves out from the medieval millennium, creating a conversation between classicists, medievalists and early modernists.

The first workshop centred on the concept and practice of space in the Mediterranean City. The speakers were: Trevor Dean, Hugh Kennedy, Patrick Lantschner, Paul Magdalino, Louise Revell, Jo van Steenbergen. The programme for the day's proceedings is available to download.

In addition, you can access additional materials from this page. Two graduate students, Erin Maglaque (University College, Oxford) and Steven E. Watts (St Andrews), were asked to act as rapporteurs for the day. The reports produced by both Erin and Steve can be downloaded. Another participant has commented on-line about the colloquium.

One of the speakers, Prof. Paul Magdalino, has also kindly made available the slides the accompanied his talk.

The Mediterranean City: Religion

The second of the series of three colloquia on The Mediterranaean City, jointly organised with the British School at Rome, took place in Rome on Tuesday, 19th March 2013.

It followed the successful first colloquium, on Space, which took place in St Andrews and, like it, provided a context for lively and informal (but always informed) discussion. As with the other colloquia, the conscious intention was to allow a sharing of perspectives between scholars with expertise in different aspects of the civilizations bordering the ‘middle sea’.  The chronological focus moved out from the medieval millennium, creating a conversation between classicists, medievalists and early modernists.

This second colloquium took Religion as its theme and the short papers provided a range from ancient Rome via Byzantium, Jerusalem, Cordoba and Narbonne to late medieval Italy. The programme of the day's events is available to download.

As with the first colloquium, we asked a graduate present to act as rapporteuse for the day, and Dhwani Patel (King's College, London) ably filled the role. Her report is also available to download. Another continuity is that one of the participants at the colloquium has once again posted some reflections on-line.

The Mediterranean City: Connectivity

The third and final of the series of colloquia on The Mediterranaean City, jointly organised with the British School at Rome, will take place in Oxford on Saturday 23rd November, 2013.

It builds on the success of the first two colloquia, on Space, which took place in St Andrews and Religion, held in Rome. These events have shown themselves well able to provide a context for lively and informal (but always informed) discussion. As with the other colloquia, the conscious intention is to allow a sharing of perspectives between scholars with expertise in different aspects of the civilizations bordering the ‘middle sea’.  The chronological focus moves out from the medieval millennium, creating a conversation between classicists, medievalists and early modernists.

This final colloquium will take Connectivity as its theme. The speakers will include Mike Carr (Royal Holloway, London), Georg Christ (Manchester), Jeremy Johns (Oxford), Andrew Jotischky (Lancaster), Simon Keay (Southampton), Joanna Kostylo (BSR), Nicholas Purcell (Oxford) and Magdalena Skoblar (York).

The programme for the day is available to view here.

The colloquium will take place in the Colin Matthews Room, History Faculty, University of Oxford, George St., Oxford, OX1 2RL, between approximately 10.15am and 6pm.