Seminar 14: Mediterranean Borders: History

As a spatial island the Mediterranean bridges, borders and cross-borders. Like a frontier, it influences the creation and recreation of identity. As the 21st century advances, movement and connectivity are affecting relations in the ‘Mare Nostrum’ in major ways. Working through theories, discourses, conflicts, memory and migration policies, we seek to better understand the historical transformation of its boundaries, the development of international norms, and its ongoing relationships of border construction.


  • R. D. Sack, Human Territoriality: Its Theory and History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986
  • H. Lefebvre, The Production of Space, Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1991
  • I. Gjergji, Lost in the Mediterranean: Theories, Discourses, Borders and Migration Policies in the ‘Mare Nostrum’, RCCS Annual Review, 7, 2015
  • I. Kovras, S. Robins, ‘Death as the border: Managing missing migrants and unidentified bodies at the EU's Mediterranean frontier’, Political Geography, Volume 55, November 2016, pp.40-49

Researcher: Pablo Ouziel holds a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the department of Political Science, the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS), and the project Borders in Globalization (BIG) at the University of Victoria. He is also president of the Young Researchers Network and Academic Liaison Officer with Eucanet (European Canada Network). Currently Pablo is working on a book on borders in the Mediterranean with Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly.

This seminar will be held on April 23rd, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.