'PROVINCIALIZING EUROPE'? TOWARDS A LOCAL HISTORY OF MAGHRIBI MODERNITY
Mediterranean Research Meeting, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
March 24-27, 2010.
During the nineteenth century, the states of the Maghrib found themselves engaged in a struggle for survival in an increasingly hostile world where the rules of relative equality and reciprocity which had long characterised the Mediterranean were suddenly rewritten to their detriment. Maghribi states underwent a profound series of reforms and transformations with significant repercussions on their structures and capacities and on the nature of state-society relations. As the twentieth century progressed, the consolidation of colonial regimes and their destruction, restructuring, or reinvention of pre-existing state forms, their introduction of new practices and prerogatives of the state, wrought even greater shifts in the region’s systems of governance and their relation to Maghribi societies.
This workshop will explore the concrete historical content of this period, focusing on the specific local nature of the large-scale processes (subsumed under the notion of a ‘passage to modernity’) that shaped the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in North Africa. We envisage revisiting the experiences of the construction of modernity in the region, in both its long-term continuities and its sometimes sudden transformative dimensions, as the product of locally grounded histories that cannot be adequately captured by the simplifying scheme of ‘European impact’ and ‘Middle Eastern response’. In this sense, the workshop will seek to pursue the agenda of ‘provincialising Europe’ by viewing the local construction of Maghribi modernity as the complex, dialogical working-out of local struggles to meet the demands of a world under stress, in crisis, and yet managing to survive.
There will be no registration fee. Most selected participants are eligible for a bursary from the RSCAS towards meeting travel and accommodation costs. This will be paid at a fixed rate (irrespective of actual costs) according to your country of residence/departure. Participants from Southeast Europe, Turkey and Middle Eastern countries will receive a lump sum of 550 euros to cover their expenses (airfare, accommodation). Participants from Western Europe, the USA and Canada will receive a lump sum of 130 euros. Participants from within Italy are unfortunately not eligible for a bursary. For details, please see http://www.eui.eu/RSCAS/Research/Mediterranean/mrm2010/pdf/MRM2010-InfoParticipants.pdf#page=3
Participants will be accommodated in one of the hotels in Montecatini Terme booked for the MRM. All hotels are within walking distance of each other and offer the comforts of a 4-star hotel. The discount rate prices per night at these hotels range from ca. 35 to ca. 75 euros, hence totaling 100-250 euros, according to your preferences, for all three nights.
The participants will be required to pay for their rooms themselves upon check-out.
Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are provided for, save for the dinner on Thursday, March 25.
Paper proposals must be submitted online before July 15, 2009.
The online form can be found at http://www.rscas.org/medform.asp
Please note that abstracts should be in English, though papers may be presented in English or French. The MRM organisers advise that for participation in the meeting, a good working knowledge of English is required.
July 15, 2009: deadline for submission of abstracts.
September 15, 2009: results of selection process announced
January 15, 2010: deadline for submission of papers
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