At History’s Edge: The Mediterranean Question

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2022 Number 106

At History’s Edge: The Mediterranean Question
Iain Chambers, Marta Cariello pages 6-24
DOI: 10.3898/NEWF:106.01.2022


This essay seeks to puncture prevalent European understandings of the Mediterranean. The colonising impulse inscribed in Occidental historiography cannot be undone simply by adding previously repressed and unacknowledged histories. Instead, a re-examination of the premises and procedures that produced such exclusions leads to a change in coordinates. A predominantly ocular order of knowledge that creates subaltern objects of study to reconfirm European centrality and subjectivity is interrogated. Insisting on a politics of registration and listening, further critical incentives drawn from literature, music and cinema are deployed to query existing representations. In conclusion, a more exposed, heterogeneous and turbulent Mediterranean is brought to bear on how today we might think with the Balkans.

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Iain Chambers, Marta Cariello (2022) At History’s Edge: The Mediterranean Question, New Formations, 2022(106), 6-24.

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