Mediterranean Studies


Claudio Fogu (Professor, French and Italian),
Edward English (Visiting Associate Professor, Medieval Studies and History),

Mission Statement

The RFG on Mediterranean Studies has recently been organized around a thematic focus on travel in the Mediterranean region. By organizing a series of public talks and workshops around this topic, stretching from the odysseys of antiquity to contemporary mass tourism, the RFG aims to explore the status of the Mediterranean as a space of exchange—at once cultural, social, political and economic—that links as well as differentiates north and south, Christian and Muslim, Roman and “barbarian”, developed and developing worlds, EU and Arab League. This space is traversed at different points in time by traders, colonists, military forces, merchants, artists, explorers, pirates, intellectuals, exiles, wanderers, tourists, immigrants, and many others heading from north to south or south to north, from east to west or west to east; their varying itineraries and aims help us to see the Mediterranean as a polyvalent, over determined “place” joining together the histories of three continents connected to it.


Robert Williams (Art and Architecture)
Carole Paul (Art and Architecture)
Francis Dunn (Classics)
Robert Morstein-Marx (Classics)
Michael O’Connell (English)
Maurizia Boscagli (Emglish)
Cythnia J. Brown (French and Italian)
Catherine Nesci (French and Italian)
Cynthia Skenazi (French and Italian)
William F. Prizer (Music)
Richard Hecht (Religious Studies)
Roger Friedland (Religious Studies)
Viola Miglio (Spanish and Portuguese)
Harvey Sharrer (Spanish and Portuguese)
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi (Sociology)
Hillary Bernstein (History)
Debra Blumenthal (History)
Carol Lansing (History)
Sharon Farmer (History)
Elizabeth Digeser (History)
Stephen Humphries (History)
John Wolte Infong Lee (History)
Michael Osborne (History)
Erika Rappaport (History)