Monday, April 02, 2007

Researching the Mediterranean in the North West of England

Invitation to a social event – Researching the Mediterranean in the North West of England. Following a good response to the idea of creating a network of young researchers studying the Mediterranean in the NW of England, we are glad to announce the first meeting on the 18th of April in Manchester.

Date: 18th of April 2007 - Time: 3pm

Venue: Room 0.2.29. School of Social Sciences, Manchester University.

Located in the second floor of the Dover Street (Old Wing) building. Please see this link for directions.

Conceived as informal social events, these meetings will provide the opportunity to talk about our own research with colleagues sharing similar concerns and to develop a trans- and post-disciplinary dialogue. While these meetings might be of obvious interest to researchers in International Relations and European and Middle East studies we want to encourage scholars whose object of research is in the Mediterranean but who might not have thought of themselves as doing ‘Mediterranean studies’. In this respect academics looking at issues as diverse as urban transport, culinary cultures, uneven regional development, coastal erosion, networks of cities or migration, might benefit from thinking about their object of study in the broader geographical, geopolitical, economic and cultural context of the Mediterranean and how different ‘Mediterranean’ policies, discourses and projects shape the processes under study.

In our first meeting we will be discussing forthcoming activities so please bring ideas about possible future projects. Thus far we have received expressions of interest from more than 20 people and attendance to the first meeting is expected to be good. Our colleague Dimitiris Papadimitriou has kindly booked the room for the event and will be our host in Manchester. After the meeting those wishing to stay longer will go for a drink in a bar nearby.

Hakim Darbouche (

Javier Caletrio (

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