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                                META Humanities
         MEditerranean Summer School of Theoretical and Applied Humanities


                          "Waters in the Mediterranean"

             University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities Koper, Slovenia
                               29th June - 10th July 2009

The 2009 META Humanities Summer School will focus on “Waters in the Mediterranean” – a
humanistic, epistemological, existentialist and applied perspective.

Whereas the 20th century was marked by petrol as the main source of energy and the
principal industrial resource of the planet, in the 21st century this role is being assumed by
water. In the Mediterranean region a lack of natural sources of water has generated
cultural and environmental strategic adaptations throughout history, thus defining
economic and cultural patterns, rich traditional practices and knowledge – especially in
terms of tracing, saving and distributing water resources economically - that can nowadays
help economists, politicians, environmental protectionists and human scientists appraise
water resources and suggest new strategies for its exploitation.

The Summer School consists of:
Plenary session: Perspectives of Living Together in the Mediterranean Contact Area,
Course A: Water - Environmental Conditions and Economic-Geographical Perspectives,
Course B: Perceptions of Water within the Anthropological and Historical Context of
the Mediterranean,
Course C: Representation of Water in Mythology, Literature and Language


Plenary session
Perspectives of Living Together in the Mediterranean Contact Area

This plenary session (for all the courses) will provide an overview of the history of the
development and the problems in the Mediterranean area and its actual developmental
processes. The lectures will serve as an introduction to the Summer School.

Whereas the 20th century was marked by petrol as the main source of energy and the
principal industrial resource of the planet, in the 21st century this role is being assumed by
water. In the Mediterranean region a lack of natural sources of water has generated cultural
and environmental strategic adaptations throughout history, thus defining economic and
cultural patterns, rich traditional practices and knowledge – especially in terms of tracing,
saving and distributing water resources economically - that can nowadays help economists,
politicians, environmental protectionists and human scientists appraise water resources and
suggest new strategies for its exploitation.

Coordinator of the plenary session:
Gorazd Bajc, gorazd.bajc@fhs.upr.si




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COURSE A
Water - Environmental Conditions and Economic-Geographical Perspectives

Course A deals with water(s) in the Mediterranean through representation of the dynamic
processes on the contact of the sea and land space, connected by the water cycle and th e
variety of other elements in the landscape. Its integral part is of course the human with its
numerous activities on and by the water/sea. The economy of survival in the water deficit
Mediterranean has always presupposed adequate water supply, while the sea has provided
mainly fish and salt, and with the expansion of trade enabled the development of maritime
transport and ports. Nowadays, an important share of the economic activity in the
Mediterranean is based on seaside tourism. There rises a question, taking into account the
growing pressure on the coastal area (littoralisation), how to make the concept of sustainable
development work, preserve the areas of cultural and natural importance (e.g. wetlands and
saltpans) for the next generation, and finally, how to ensure suitable and adequate water
supply.

Course A consists of two inter-connected thematic sets, containing the combination of
environmental and economic-geographical contents:

      Water and sea – physical environment and humankind (hydro- and bio-geographical
       characteristics, marine biodiversity, protected areas, environmental aspect of water
       supply etc.).

      Water and sea in the economic perspective (fishing and salt production,
       maritime/shipping, role and meaning of ports, tourism development, water supply on
       the Adriatic islands etc.).

Coordinator of the Course A:
Simon Kerma, simon.kerma@fhs.upr.si


COURSE B
Perceptions of Water within the Anthropological and Historical Context of the
Mediterranean

The water as an essential and existential resource of survival will serve as a referential
framework within which we will discuss the common social practices, symbolic meanings,
breaches and life strategies in the Mediterranean.

We will present different historical and anthropological theories of the concept of the
Mediterranean. We will point out that migrations, especially daily and local ones, are one of
the main problems of the Mediterranean area. W e will also point out that the contemporary
illegal (non-documented) migrations open new dilemmas about what the Mediterranean
really is – a place of contact, obstacle or filter. We will discuss the meanings of
»Mediterranean« within the anthropology of senses in connection to water, Mediterranean
food and different bodily and kinship practices. History tells us that the discontinuity of the
development of this area is constant while anthropological research in everyday life confirms
that the continuity of the Mediterranean remains strong.

Coordinators of the course B:
Eva Brajkovič, eva.brajkovic@fhs.upr.si
Tomaž Gregorc, tomaz.gregorc@fhs.upr.si
Karmen Medica, karmen.medica@fhs.upr.si


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COURSE C
Representation of Water in Mythology, Literature and Language

Course C will consider the topic of water and water creatures in the Mediterranean through
the prism of myth and ritual; these will be treated primarily as the treasury of the archaic
conceptualizations and personifications of water which sought to explain its origins and
various forms. Further, we will analyze the cultural and artistic practices which have
preserved these notions, such as literary narrations, visual representations and idiomatic
expressions in languages. Moreover, we will discuss the adaptations of these
representations to various social environments and their contribution to the formation of
material strategies and cultural patterns.

Coordinators of course C:
Mojca Marija Terčelj, mojcamarija.tercelj@zrs.upr.si
Barbara Zorman, barbara.zorman@fhs.upr.si




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