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Mediterranean under Quarantine Conference held at the Valletta Campus

13 Nov 2014

Espousing innovative theoretical approaches and a strong multi- and trans-disciplinary outlook, Mediterranean under Quarantine brought together a series of cutting-edge research contributions focused on numerous epidemiological, medical, social, political and cultural issues tied to Quarantine within the Mediterranean context and beyond. The conference offered a particularly strong specialism in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century histories of Quarantine – from global histories to more context-specific purviews, the conference sessions were focused on the geopolitics and diplomacy of Quarantine, the construction of identities in relation to Quarantine, space, architecture and territorial projections in the Quarantine context, as well as a focus on Quarantine institutions, technologies and the state as well as the extensive debates on the aetiology of contagious disease from the 19th to the 20th century.

Presentations included studies of Quarantine in relation to Oceanic histories and Transatlantic perspectives, the Napoleonic Mediterranean, regional diplomatic crises, Quarantine under the Habsburg monarchy, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and other Mediterranean polities, as well as commentaries on Quarantine and early modern state-formation, the construction of the ‘Contagious Arab’, and various location-specific studies of Quarantine histories around the littoral, from the ports of southern Italy and France to Tangier, Ceuta, Malta, the Balearic islands, Ancona, Venice, Piraeus, Syros, Beirut and other Quarantine-related sites.

Besides enhancing the further growth of the Quarantine Studies Network, Mediterranean under Quarantine has initiated a productive and timely debate in the context of the outbreak and spread of Ebola (after the 2003 outbreak of SARS and the influenza pandemics of 2009), and stimulated new conversations amongst an extensive community of scholars and specialist departments from the region and beyond, ranging from Cambridge (UK) and Princeton (US) to Pennsylvania, Toronto Basel, Tunis, Malta, Sydney, Graz, Marseilles, Catania, Barcelona and further afield.

Click here for information on future activities co-ordinated by the Quarantine Studies Network.

Information on the Mediterranean Institute’s various forthcoming activities and projects is available on the Mediterranean Institute website.



Mediterranean under Quarantine Programme and Abstracts

27 Oct 2014



Mediterranean under quarantine - UPDATE

20 Jun 2014

The Registration for the upcoming conference  'Mediterranean Under Quarantine', organised by the Quarantine Studies Network is now open. The conference is hosted by the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta. Dates: 7-8 November 2014. Venue: Old University Campus, Valletta. Please follow this link for Registration and direct payment as well as for information re. accommodation and social program: http://www.um.edu.mt/events/mediterranean2014/form 



Call for Papers - Thalassic Imaginaries: the Mediterranean Sea in Language, Art and Other forms of representation

28 Mar 2014

This is the third conference in the series organised by the Mediterranean Institute and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. The conference will be held on 23-24 January 2015. Further information can be obtained here.



Public Seminars

28 Feb 2014




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