Cultural Contact: Mediterranean Connections

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Doel vak

After completing this course, students are able to
• identify and summarize the essential viewpoints dealt with in a number
of influential (inter)disciplinary studies in the field of cultural
contact and connectivity;
• apply these viewpoints to case studies in the (cultural) history and
archaeology of the Mediterranean world;
• identify and reflect on the influence of geography and connectivity in
history and in cultural historical discourse;
• formulate research questions from an interdisciplinary approach and
select the appropriate research strategies for solving these questions;
• report on their research findings in writing in a consistent, clear
and concise manner.

Inhoud vak

The Mediterranean has long been an area characterized by strong
connections between its distinct geographical and cultural regions.
Material as well as written sources bear witness to the interactions
between various inhabitants of the Mediterranean world in all historical
periods. In this course, cases of such interactions ranging from the
Bronze Age to Late Antiquity will be presented and problematized. How do
exchange networks, for instance, relate to the Bronze Age Collapse? What
networks defined the extent and limits of the Greek world? How did cults
spread across the Mediterranean? In each session, the historical and/or
archaeological evidence for specific interactions will be studied
through the reading and discussion of influential interdisciplinary
studies devoted to cultural contact and connectivity, and the
perspectives and approaches chosen by these modern researchers will be
critically assessed. The course aims to offer an overview of
20th-century and 21st-century approaches to connectivity in the ancient
Mediterranean and to help students formulate and address their own
research question related to the central topic.


The sessions will combine introductory lectures by the lecturers with
student-led discussions of the literature and assignments to train
research skills, which include both in-class exercises and formal


1. Participation (includes active participation in discussions in class
+ submission of formative assignments).
2. Written take-home exam: 50% of final grade
3. Academic paper of ca. 3000 words: 50% of final grade


Reader (in CANVAS).


BA-students Oudheidwetenschappen / Ancient Studies
The course is also available as an elective for those students who meet
the entry requirements (having completed the courses Cultural History of
the Ancient World 1 and 2)

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Cultural History of the Ancient world 1; Cultural History of the Ancient
world 2.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAOHW212
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. S.M.J. Remijsen
Examinator dr. S.M.J. Remijsen
Docenten prof. dr. J.P. Crielaard
dr. S.M.J. Remijsen

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