The Mediterranean and Mediterraneans in Global History


Location: London Global Gateway

The Mediterranean is the world's most studied sea. Debate about Mediterranean civilization - does it exist and if so what is it? - has ignited controversy about other rimlands all over the world and about the role of seas in global history. Do seas divide or unite their shores? Does culture seep across them or get diluted by them? Do they register their chief impact on adjoining lands as routes of exchange, or pools of resources; cauldrons of climate, or traps for winds and currents? Some of the world's leading experts - including the authors of 'The Corrupting Sea', 'The Making of the Middle Sea', and 'The Great Sea' - gather to air the issues.
The second Global History Seminar of the season is a panel discussion featuring David Abulafia (Professor of Mediterranean History, University of Cambridge), Cyprian Broodbank (Disney Professor of Archaeology, University of Cambridge), and Paolo Luca Bernardini (Professor of History, University of Bergamo, Italy). Peregrine Horden (Professor in Medieval History, Royal Holloway) chairs the panel. Nick Purcell (Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford) will initiate the discussion.
This event will take place at Fischer Hall (1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG)
Speaker Bios
​Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and an Extraordinary Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.  He is co-author, with Nicholas Purcell, of The Corrupting Sea (Wiley-Blackwell, 2000), and is at work on its sequel, Liquid Continents. He co-edited, with Sharon Kinoshita, A Companion to Mediterranean History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).  He also writes on the history of charity and medicine.  His recent publications include Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages (Ashgate, 2008), and he is writing The First Hospitals, a world history of its subject.
This event will take place at Fischer Hall (1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG)