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M.A. Mediterranean Studies




Mediterranean Deja-vu: a return to the classics in the anthropology of a region

The Mediterranean Institute is honoured to host the renowned anthropologist Prof. Jon Mitchell from the University of Sussex. Prof. Mitchell has worked extensively on the Anthropology Malta and the Mediterranean Region and he will be addressing a public talk on the return to the anthropology of the Mediterranean. 
For an anthropologist of Southern Europe, recent events in two countries bordering the Mediterranean – Malta and Spain/Catalunya – have a decidedly nostalgic feel. Debates about patronage, clientelism and corruption were central to the Mediterraneanist agenda of the 1960s and 70s, but fell out of popularity as attention was turned towards Europeanisation and the migration crisis. Nationalism and separatism emerged centre stage in the Europeanist agenda of the 1980s and 90s, but again this rather ebbed away after the Yugoslav wars to be replaced by multiculturalism and neo-nationalism as research agendas. In the case of both corruption and nationalist separatism, the consolidation of the European Union appeared to at least promise the possibility of their eradication, but the recent death of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, and the moves towards independence by the government of Catalunya have brought them back into the frame. This paper represents an attempt to think through the implications of these two sets of events, and how a return to more classical themes in the anthropology of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe might help us to understand them.

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