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Crosslocations in the Mediterranean: rethinking the socio-cultural dynamics of relative positioning

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
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 Total cost 2˙433˙233 €
 EC max contribution 2˙433˙233 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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 Project objective

The Mediterranean, a key socio-cultural, economic and political crossroads, has shifted its relative position recently, with profound effects for relations between the peoples associated with its diverse parts. Crosslocations is a groundbreaking theoretical approach that goes beyond current borders research to analyse the significance of the changes in relations between places and peoples that this involves. It does this through explaining shifts in the relative positioning of the Mediterranean’s many locations – i.e. the changing values of where people are rather than who they are. Approaches focusing on people’s identities, statecraft or networks do not provide a way to research how the relative value of ‘being somewhere in particular’ is changing and diversifying. The approach builds on the idea that in socio-cultural terms, location is a form of political, social, economic, and technical relative positioning, involving diverse scales that calibrate relative values (here called ‘locating regimes’). This means locations are both multiple and historically variable, so different types of location may overlap in the same geographical space, particularly in crossroads regions such as the Mediterranean. The dynamics between them alter relations between places, significantly affecting people’s daily lives, including their life chances, wellbeing, environmental, social and political conditions and status. The project will first research the locating regimes crossing the Mediterranean region (border regimes, infrastructures; digital technologies; fiscal, financial and trading systems; environmental policies; and social and religious structures); then intensively ethnographically study the socio-cultural dynamics of relative positioning that these regimes generate in selected parts of the Mediterranean region. Through explaining the dynamics of relative location, Crosslocations will transform our understanding of trans-local, socio-cultural relations and separations.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Joseph John Viscomi
Mediterranean Futures: Historical Time and the Departure of Italians from Egypt, 1919–1937
published pages: 341-379, ISSN: 0022-2801, DOI: 10.1086/703189
The Journal of Modern History 91/2 2019-10-07
2019 Sarah Green
published pages: , ISSN: 0886-7356, DOI: 10.14506/ca34.3
Cultural Anthropology 34/3 2019-10-07
2016 Phaedra Douzina-Bakalaki
Volunteering Mothers: Engaging the Crisis in a Soup Kitchen of Northern Greece
published pages: , ISSN: 1758-6453, DOI:
Anthropology Matters Journal 2019-06-13
2018 Carl Rommel
Men in Time
published pages: 341-362, ISSN: 1097-184X, DOI: 10.1177/1097184X17748173
Men and Masculinities 21/3 2019-06-13
2018 Annalaura Turiano, Joseph John Viscomi
From immigrants to emigrants: Salesian education and the failed integration of Italians in Egypt, 1937-1960
published pages: 1-17, ISSN: 1353-2944, DOI: 10.1017/mit.2017.47
Modern Italy 23/01 2019-06-13
2017 Sarah Green
published pages: , ISSN: 0886-7356, DOI:
Cultural Anthropology 2019-06-13
2018 Martin Holbraad, Sarah Green, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Veena Das, Nurit Bird-David, Eduardo Kohn, Ghassan Hage, Laura Bear, Hannah Knox, Bruce Kapferer
What Is Analysis?
published pages: 1-30, ISSN: 0155-977X, DOI: 10.3167/sa.2018.620103
Social Analysis 62/1 2019-06-13
2017 Sarah Green
Relations and Separations
published pages: 530-532, ISSN: 0002-7294, DOI: 10.1111/aman.12918
American Anthropologist 119/3 2019-05-27

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