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Attend: Bridging Seascapes, from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and Beyond (10–11 June: Rethymno)

An international conference, “Insularities Connected: Bridging  Seascapes, from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and Beyond,” will be held at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas in Rethymno, Crete on 10-12 June 2016,  organised by: Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FO.R.T.H., York University, Canada, and Koç University Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations's (AKMED), as part  of the Marie Curie Actions-funded project 'Mediterranean Insularities: MedIns' (project rference: 630030).
Insularities Connected is an international conference dedicated to the study of islands as a constituent part of seascapes, imperial contexts or any other conceptual framework. Going beyond mere typologies of islands, or the study thereof as a distinct object of inquiry, we invite conference participants to consider the spatial attributes of islands in different historical coordinates. In other words, how insularity, i.e. the condition of being an island, changes over time, place, and context. The study of islands as a spatial category situated within a bigger analytical whole has offered new perspectives in Mediterranean, Caribbean or Indian Ocean studies; we aspire to bring the insights gained by those approaches in a trans-regional dialogue of global scope. The conference therefore enquires into what can be gained by looking at islands not as scattered parts of a regional maritime story, but scans the horizon from the vantage point of islands themselves to find broader, less obvious connections.
Provisional Program
Friday, 10 June

Welcome/Introductory Remarks (10:00-10:20)
Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FO.R.T.H.)
Insularity: Envisioning Space across Time, Place, and Context
Panel 1: Colonial Regimes (10:20-11:40)
Sakis Gekas (York University, Canada)
Regimes of Territoriality in the Ionian Islands. Colonial and National Constructions of Insularity in the Ionian Islands during the Nineteenth Century
Valerie McGuire (New York University)
Mobility in Insular Spaces: Mediterraneanism and Italian Rule in the Dodecanese Islands
Panel 2: Material Connections (12:00-13:20)
Ersin Hussein (Warwick University)
If You Make Sure You’re Connected, the Writing’s on the Wall: The Role of Inscriptions in Displaying the Connectivity of Roman Cyprus in the Mediterranean.
Sarah Longair (British Museum)
Objects of Empire: Collecting and Imagining Islands of the Indian Ocean in the Age of High Imperialism

Panel 3: Centres of Diffusion (15:00-16:20)
Dorit Brixius (European University Institute, Florence)
Of Bread, Breadfruit, and Botanists: Eighteenth-Century Isle de France and the Search for
Food Crops
Simon Jackson (University of Birmingham)
From São Paulo to Cyprus: Ottoman-American Auxiliaries of French Empire and Wartime Insular Space, 1916-1918
Panel 4: Mediterranean Frontiers, Mediterranean Seascapes (16:40-18:00)
Joshua White (University of Virginia)
Ottoman Malta: Connecting Mediterranean Legal Space
Elias Kolovos (University of Crete, I.M.S./FO.R.T.H.)
Insularities (Dis)Connected: The Ionian Islands on the Ottoman-Venetian Frontier (Late 15th-Late 17th Century)
Saturday, 11 June
Panel 5: Discussing Island Seascapes I (9:00-10:20)

Roxani Margariti (Emory University)
Red Sea Islands and Indian Ocean Historiography
Romain Bertrand (Sciences Po, Paris)
Revisiting the 'Southeast Asian Mediterranean'. Coastal Polities, Maritime Networks, and Long-Distance Trade Connections in Eastern Indonesia and the Philippines in the 16th Century
Panel 6: Discussing Island Seascapes II (10:40-12:00)
Eleftheria Zei (University of Crete)
Microinsularities: Theory and Politics in Modern Times
Benoît Bérard (Université des Antilles et de la Guyane)
From Landscapes to Seascapes, from Island to Archipelago: How to Redefine the Pre-Columbian Territories and Maritories in the West Indies
Sunday, 12 June
Panel 7: Denizens and Corsairs (9:00-10:20)

Fatma Şimşek (Akdeniz University)
Of Islanders and Corsairs: The Struggle between the Ottoman State and the Island of Meis (Kastellorizo)
Louis Sicking (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Universiteit Leiden)
Islands, Pirates and Privateers in the Pre-Modern Period in a Comparative Perspective
Panel 8: Looking into the Maritime Horizon (10:20-11:40)
Bronwen Wilson (University of California, Los Angeles)
Marco Boschini’s Island Navigations
Michael Talbot (University of Greenwich)
Separating the Waters from the Sea: The Place of Islands in Ottoman Maritime Territoriality in the Eighteenth Century
Panel 9: Peripatetic Islanders (12:00-13:20)
Güneş İşiksel (Istanbul Medeniyet University)
Islanders in Between: Taxation of Tinotians in the Ottoman Lands during the 17th Century
Reshaad Durgahee (University of Nottingham)
Connected Islands: The Indentured Archipelago, 1829-1916
Concluding Remarks (15:20-16:20)

Organising Committee
Antonis Hadjikyriacou, Marie Curie Intra European Fellow, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FO.R.T.H
Sakis Gekas, Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History, York University
Conference Secretariat
Katerina Stathi
The conference is the third meeting of the ‘Islands in the Mediterranean’ network
Coordinating Committee:
Alexis Rappas, Koç University
Valerie McGuire, NYU
Antonis Hadjikyriacou, I.M.S./FO.R.T.H.
The conference is organised with the financial support of: European Commission Marie Curie Actions (Mediterranean Insularities project),  Koç University Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations's (AKMED) & the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, York University, Canada.

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