Mediterranean Cities. Myth and/or Reality?
The conference will be held at Monte Verità, 26-29 September 2012, Ascona, Switzerland.
The conference is organised by Istituto Studi Mediterranei and the Master in Intercultural Communication (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano) in association with Università di Bergamo, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Centro Stefano Franscini.
For centuries, the Mediterranean has been, if not the first, at least the largest urban space. It was probably the world’s most urbanized area until the sixteenth century. The phrase “Mediterranean cities” suggests a multitude of images, representations, even preconceptions and stereotypes. Volumes have been written, from a variety of perspectives, on Mediterranean cities: travellers, merchants, historians, geographers, writers and, more recently, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, architects, urban planners, politicians… Films have been made where the Mediterranean city features prominently. In the academic context, several disciplines promote research and projects on Mediterranean urban space.
Proposals on the following topics are particularly welcome:
Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited on any aspect concerning the relationship between Mediterranean cities and narratives and representations, without restriction on disciplinary approach or period.
The official languages are English, French and Italian. We kindly advise participants to choose one of these languages and to prepare a power-point presentation in another.
Federica Frediani, Università della Svizzera italiana
Please send a 300 word abstract along with a short biographical notice to
Istituto studi mediterranei, Università della Svizzera italiana