Seminar 15: Mediterranean Borders: Culture

Mare nostrum, a sea in between earths. A complex ensemble of ideas that connect peoples through shared common places and cultures. The kaleidoscopic Mediterranean world is a place which for more than 2000 years has been bringing together people coming from different places. As a site of and for cultural hybridity its geo-cultural ensemble takes us beyond thinking of this sea as the border of Europe and thinking of it instead as a universe of frontiers. Its imaginary composed by a multiplicity of narratives presents a fertile site for intellectual curiosity.


  • A. Camus, ‘The New Mediterranean Culture, in Modern French Identities 38, Albert Camus’s ‘The New Mediterranean Culture’: A Text and its Contexts, translated and annotated by Neil Foxlee, 1953, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 37-50.
  • I. Betts, “Towards a Mediterranean Solution? Implications for the Region of Origin,” International Journal of Refugee Law, 21(1), 2006, pp. 19-42.
  • M. Paradiso, The Mediterranean: Bridging, Bordering and Cross-bordering in a Global Mobile Reality, European Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2016, pp.105-131
  • P. Giaccaria and C. Minca, ‘The Mediterranean alternative’, in Progress in Human Geography, Vol 35, Issue 3, September 2010, pp. 345 - 365

Researchers: 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. Currently, Pablo is working on a book on Mediterranean borders with Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly.

This seminar will be held on May 14th, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.