Island Insularity and Connectivity: an interdisciplinary symposium on Cypriot island identity in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the present day

[reposted from here]

Friday 1st May 2015, 12-5 pm
The Wolfson Research Exchange, Main Library, University of Warwick
(Please note the change of venue)

All are welcome to attend. Registration is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please email by Thursday 23rd April 2015 to register your attendance.

Keynote speaker Professor Nicholas Purcell (Classics, University of Oxford)

Confirmed Speakers

Fatos Eren Bilgen (Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick): Negotiating identities in prolonged liminality: The case of Turkish Cypriot lecturers’ identity negotiations during uncertainty and redundancy.

İlke Dağlı (Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick): Essentialist Identity Limbo: Broadening the scope of the “ethnic-conflict” in Cyprus

Josette Duncan (History, University of Warwick): Isolation, Segregation and Connectivity: Medical Institutionalisation and Public Health Restrictions on Prostitutes, Lepers and Quarantined peoples in British Cyprus (1878-1914)

Stuart Dunn (Digital Humanities, King’s College London): “Inscriptions Engraved on the Soil”: The Heritage Gazetteer of Cyprus

Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Marie Curie Intra-European fellow Institute for Mediterranean Studies/Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas): Insularity and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean: The production of space in Ottoman Cyprus

Marios Hadjianastasis (Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
University of Birmingham): Post-conquest identities in early Ottoman Cyprus

Georgios Markou (History of Art, University of Cambridge):Title TBC

George Petrou (Royal College of Art)

Anna Reeve (Classics, University of Leeds): John Holmes and the construction of ancient Cyprus in late nineteenth century Yorkshire

Dimitrios Stamatis (Faculty of Philosophy, National & Kapodistrian
University of Athens): Aphrodite and Adonis A sacred marriage of civilizations on Cypris’ island.
Conference Abstract

As the world’s largest inland sea joining the continents of southern Europe, northern Africa, Anatolia and the Levant, the Mediterranean Sea has long been identified as a unique maritime arena, the connectivity of which influenced the emergence of cultures and societies in its earliest history. The ecology, geography and climate, along with the movement and settlement of people across the region driven by trade, war, conquest, colonisation and tourism, has shaped the character of the Mediterranean as a region, particularly its islands.

Since antiquity, the island of Cyprus has acted as an important hub in the Mediterranean: situated at the crossroads of the eastern and western worlds, the combination of Cyprus’ geographical location, natural resources, political and commercial connections has rendered the island as an attractive proposition for many. The island continues to be identified as a cultural melting pot where cross cultural exchanges, from the distant past to the present day, continue to be seen and experienced in the fabric of its culture and society.

Building upon an initial workshop that took place in October 2013 at the Institute of Advanced Study (University of Warwick), this interdisciplinary symposium will explore the complex topic of ‘Cypriot island identity’. Papers presenting case studies that consider this theme from Cyprus’ ancient history to the present day, as well as comparative case studies taken from other Mediterranean islands, are welcome.

Topics of discussion can include (but are not limited to):

• The ecology and geography of the Mediterranean as a region and the impact of this on the connectivity and insularity of Cyprus.
• The internal insularity and connectivity of local Cypriot communities and the impact of this on issues of identity.
• The legacy of empires: annexation, colonisation, administration.
• The movement and settlement of communities.
• The emergence of, and tensions between, multiple and competing local identities.
• Cyprus and the EU.
• The articulation of Cypriot identity in literature and in visual material culture.
• How archaeology and ancient history has been used to define Cypriot identity.


To be confirmed.

For directions on how to reach Warwick Campus please follow this link and for how to get to the Wolfson Research Exchange, click here

Organised by Dr Ersin Hussein (IAS| Department of Classics and Ancient History). Sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Study and Warwick Global Research Priorities, Connecting Cultures.