Networks, Contact Zones and the Trans-Local Dimensions of the Imperial Mediterranean


  • Gavin Murray-Miller Cardiff University



The Ottoman Empire, The Mediterranean, France, Syria, Exile, Journalism


Recent histories of the Mediterranean have drawn attention to the region’s internal diversity and provided a basis for considering the sea and its surrounding coastal areas as a place of trans-national entanglements. While this space was a contact zone between cultures, the dynamics and practices of Mediterranean imperialism frequently extended beyond a strict colonizer-colonized relationship. By examining networks forged through émigré communities, journalism, religion and finances, we can rethink concepts of the contact zone within a trans-imperial context. Assessing forms of engagement across and between imperial frontiers allows us to question the familiar metropole- periphery relationship and examine the connective webs that linked nodal cities and multiple peripheries spanning Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.


Gavin Murray-Miller, Cardiff University

Gavin Murray-Miller is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University and a senior research fellow at the State Academic University for the Humanities in Moscow. In the past, his work has appeared in such journals as French Historical Studies and French History. He is the author of the recent book “The Cult of the Modern: Trans-Mediterranean France and the Construction of French Modernity.” 





Murray-Miller, G. „Networks, Contact Zones and the Trans-Local Dimensions of the Imperial Mediterranean“. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Bd. 13, Dezember 2019, S. 58-63, doi:10.17192/meta.2019.13.8075.