This powerful documentary captures some of the most difficult moments of migration via the Mediterranean today. What were your thoughts watching this film? How did it speak to discussions or readings we’ve done in this class? Discuss your thoughts/comments of the film’s the reflections on the common humanity and of thinking with the heart.
Please share your thoughts on the readings for this week. What themes about the Mediterranean appear in Pamuk’s writing about Istanbul? How does he capture views from locals and outsiders of the city? How do different historical changes leave a trace on this city?
Pamuk describes an emotion specific to the city of Istanbul that he describes as “huzun”. What is this emotion? How does it relate to the city’s history as a former capital of Empire to a marginalized city of the east. More generally, how does the east/west tension of the Mediterranean reflect on Pamuk’s memories of the city? How does the east/west dichotomy structure the culture and feelings of this city?
How, according to Meneley, are imaginaries of virginity & Mediterranean culture used to represent extra-virgin olive oil in international markets? How do cultural imaginaries play into global commodities such as olive oil?
What are some o the claims made by the protesters in any of the Mediterranean cities that we are reading about? What are some of the practices that these protesters use to make their claims?
Why are Barcelona residents weary of tourism? What are some of the challenges facing Mediterranean cities like Barcelona today?
How does the author reframe cosmopolitanism/multiculturalism in chapter 7?
The introduction of “The Mediterranean Incarnate” engages with some of concepts and theories about the study of the Mediterranean that we have done in this course. The intro wants to make a case that the Mediterranean as a unit of cultural relatedness is not dead. What does the author suggest as an appropriate lens for studying the Mediterranean today? (read especially section on “A Transnational Community of Disagreement” p.12)
In the two articles and/or the forum articles assigned this week, what are the different pushes and pulls to migration across the Mediterranean? What are the bridges and barriers to migration?
How does migration affect cultural developments in Morocco? What is the cultural significance and histories of migration and mobility within and outside Morocco? How are remittances transforming social hierarchies in Morocco?