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?