at the University of Malta
The workshop will integrate two different perspectives. It will look at the role that emotions have played in the construction of ‘moral reason’ in the Mediterranean. What is the relationship between morality, emotions and rationality in the different societies of the region? When are sentiments valid grounds for moral action? The workshop will also look at specific emotions whose proper object could be identified as ‘moral’ (pride, shame, guilt, compassion and humility, for example). Are there regional similarities in the ways in which such emotions are understood and the actions they impel? Do the the local semantic inflections of such moral sentiments underscore a different understanding of morality and/or the emotions? Were there significant historical shifts in the ways in which such emotions are articulated within the economic, political and social currents in the region? How are moral sentiments engendered in the Mediterranean?
Recognising that such emotions, if not socially constructed are at least socially articulated, contributors to this workshop will look at varieties of moral sentiments in the Mediterranean and its narratives. Contributors can focus on individual emotions (past and present), look at the deployment of emotions or conduct a comparative study of one or more emotions within a society or across different societies across the Mediterranean basin.
Session 1: The Moral and the Political in Turkey
Session 2: At the Borders of Morality: Anthropological Perspectives on Morality and Sentiments in the Mediterranean
Abstracts and Bio-notes
Norbert Bugeja is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta. He has lectured at the universities of Warwick (UK), Kent (UK) and Malta. His published research in Postcolonial and Mediterranean Studies includes the volume Postcolonial Memoir in the Middle East (Routledge, 2012) as well as book chapters, guest-edited journal special issues and peer-reviewed articles. He is General Editor of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies.
Modifying the Moral Self Through Sufi Music Pedagogy in Turkey
Dr Banu Senay is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has extensive research expertise in the areas of migration, transnationalism and diasporic politics, and is the author of Beyond Turkey’s Borders: Long-distance Kemalism, State Politics and the Turkish Diaspora (I. B. Tauris, 2013). Her current research on Islamic art pedagogies in Istanbul engages with debates in anthropology about skilled learning, ethics, and Islamic cultural politics. She has a forthcoming monograph on this research project titled Musical Ethics: Islam, Self-Making, and the Ney in Turkey.
Jean Paul Baldacchino is Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Malta.