Transregional: Global, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific, Maritime
The History Department has numerous faculty members whose work focuses on global connections with a particular focus on transoceanic spheres. A number of faculty are interested in the ways that oceans and seas have not so much constituted geographic boundaries and barriers between peoples throughout history, but rather served as avenues of connection.
For instance, many of our faculty study aspects of the Mediterranean world. History faculty members are connected to the Mediterranean Research Collaborative of the College of Liberal Arts; many colleagues are involved in interdisciplinary activities across the college and encourage their students to embrace interdisciplinarity as one of the givens in the Mediterranean field and one of the strengths of the History Department. The Mediterranean Research Collaborative has focused its research on the theme, “Mediterranean Identities,” which is a much-contested analytic category. Despite this imprecision and ambiguity inherent in the construct, it allows for examination of hybridities and cultural translations that enrich our understanding of interactions and exchanges among peoples of the Mediterranean. Minnesota scholars interested in the Mediterranean teach graduate courses in wide-ranging interdisciplinary and broad chronological explorations of this world. Students working in the ancient Mediterranean, the medieval Mediterranean, the early modern Mediterranean, and the modern Mediterranean can find faculty and courses at Minnesota, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.