Lumières on the Mediterranean

Lumières on the Mediterranean intends to improve a new perspective of being citizen, passing through the construction of a
common lexicon about fundamental themes for our era in which the Mediterranean represents the privileged roundtable talk.
The debate we have opened continues its course thanks to the contribution of new entries:

  • The Mediterranean Society of Enlightenment Studies
  • MicroMega
  • Basso Foundation
  • Mimesis – Jouvence
  • OCSM (Observatory on Cooperation and Security in the Mediterranean – University of Salerno)
  • University of Rome “La Sapienza”
  • University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • University of Messina

This page is projected as a meeting space dedicated to promoters, on which will be shared study materials, articles, reviews, multimedia contents and internal-external communications in Italian, English and French.
The terms of the debate will be developed according to three areas of reflection, following a method that includes them: memory (historical disciplines), reason (philosophy), imagination (law, economics, politics and literature).

With this division we intend to deepen each concept in a specialized way in order to develop them into a common and interdisciplinary perspective. In this common project, which aims the meeting of the two shores of the Mediterranean, the role of translation will be central. The fundamental assumption is to allow cultures to confront each other and to avoid the persistence of a monochromatic use of language. Among the various topics at stake, the concepts of freedom, universalism, citizenship and the relationship between science and humanism will be central. Assuming the Mediterranean and its history as a paradigm of human coexistence, we will also interrogate about the vision of this experience from the other West.

The international conference will take place on the 17th and 18th of June at La Sapienza University and at Tor Vergata University.

Antonio Cecere e Dionysis Drosos
Editorial staff:
Maria Chiarappa, Antonio Coratti, Giacomo De Rinaldis, Milena Durante, Laura Paulizzi.
Scientific Committee:
Domenico Bilotti; Maurizio Caserta; Giorgio Cesarale; Alessandro Corbino; Piero Dominici; Dionysis Drosos; Giorgio Fazio; Francesco Fronterotta; Giovanni Giannoli; Antonino Infranca; Gaetano Lettieri; Alessio Lo Giudice; Giovanni Magrì; Gianfranco Macrì; Tito Magri; Bruno Montanari; Halima Ouanada; Fania Oz- Salzberger; Stefano Petrucciani; Paolo Quintili; Mario Reale; Roberto Revello; Cinzia Sciuto; Aris Stilianou; Fathi Triki; Rachida Triki.



Scientific Contents

Secularisation through images. Between East and West, South and North.

by Domenico Bilotti (University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro) The history of secularisation is a regulatory history of images. The Grand Chamber of the Strasbourg Court stated it too, deciding on the recourse about the exposition of the Crucifix in Italian classrooms. That verdict, while agreeing on the defensive memory of Italian Government (the exposition of […]

The narratives of European modernity: An exceptional time or a historical context?

by Mustapha Ben Temessek (University of Tunis) The controversial narratives of modernity now lead to two approaches: the first advocates a decontextualized or even transhistorical modernity; the second (which we support) attempts to re-anchor modernity in its European context in order to put these dubious universalizing aspirations into a specific perspective. The resulting hypothesis is […]

Secularism, what can we learn from history?

by Khadija Ben Hassine (University of Tunis) I always thought that words have a history. Sometimes I feel, in front of the pages of a historical dictionary, the same sense of intrigue which one experiences in front of an archaeological site. It seems to me that by digging a little, I could clear the vestiges […]