Appel à communications : Time, Temporality, and the Mediterranean, RSA, date limite le 15 août 2022

The Mediterranean winter was a time of peace and rest. The calendar was commander in chief. The seasonal rhythms of the desert were the reverse of the Mediterranean. These were just some of the conclusions Braudel drew when studying the Mediterranean as a physical unit united not only by space, but by time.

When Braudel described the seasonal rhythms that characterized the shores of the Mediterranean, he was more concerned with whether one could detect a kind of seasonal determinism than with what the inhabitants of those shores thought of those rhythms. This latter kind of thinking characterizes the more recent temporal turn, which allows historians to view time not as an indiscriminate force but as something entangled with human perceptions and configurations. This panel seeks to continue Braudel’s original aim with a view towards temporality. Papers focusing on any aspect of Mediterranean culture concerned with questions of time, temporality, seasonality, social rhythms and more are invited for a session at the Renaissance Society of America conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 9-11, 2023.

The panel would welcome topics such as the following and more:

  • cross-cultural temporalities of the Mediterranean
  • the calendar and Mediterranean rhythms
  • seasonal or environmental temporalities
  • historiographical analyses of the temporal turn

To participate, please send proposals for 20-minute papers to Maryam Patton (maryam_patton@g.harvard.edu) by August 10th, with the following details, per RSA guidelines:

  • full name, current affiliation, and email address.
  • paper title (15-word maximum)
  • paper abstract (150-word maximum)
  • PhD or other terminal degree completion year (past or expected)
  • Selected panelists will also be asked to submit their resume by the August 15th submission deadline.

 

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