Mediterranean Platform

National Network

Universitätsstraße 10
Universität Konstanz, Neuere und Neueste Geschichte, Fach 6
78464 Konstanz

Organisation Type
Public Institution
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Research
  2. Youth and education
General Information

The Mediterranean Platform was founded in 2019 with the aim of bringing together and making visible different cultural Mediterranean research approaches at the University of Konstanz. Arising from a joint initiative of historians and literary scholars it discusses current research projects and new perspectives of Mediterranean Studies. At the same time, the platform serves to network on-going and to initiate future research projects with a Mediterranean focus. Since 2020 it has been supported by the Committee on Research (AFF) of the University of Konstanz. The platform currently has 17 internal and 4 external members. The platform maintains partnerships with partners: 1. international research network GlobalMed (coordinated by the MMSH Aix-en-Provence) 2. interdisciplinary research laboratory Mediterranean Liminalities (University of Cologne)

Mission and Objectives

For a long time, the Mediterranean has been described with magic formulas. Due to actual crises and conflicts we think that a new narrative is required. The Mediterranean Platform Konstanz brings together historical and literary approaches in order to understand cultural heritage and historical perspectives of the region and to sharpen our view for future options. In this sense, our research puts the plurality of Mediterranean spatial configurations in the spotlight. First, in a genealogical perspective, we try to reconstruct marginalised (Arabic, insular, meridional and Ottoman) representations of the region. Second, on the basis of new present-related topics we investigate cross epochs in which way natural, cultivated and imagined spaces as well as their relations to the past and future influenced each other. Third, comparative and entangled historical perspectives point out clearly how the Mediterranean interacted with other world regions and that it can certainly be compared to them.

Main Projects / Activities

Research colloquium: Research projects: MA Mediterranean History:

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Historical and literary research on the Mediterranean region Transfer to university teaching

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We would like to use the ALF to network and exchange ideas with other partners in the Mediterranean region.

Contact (1) Full Name
Prof. Dr. Manuel Borutta
Job Title
Professor of Modern History, Speaker of Mediterranean Platform
Head of the organisation
Prof. Dr. Manuel Borutta
Contact (2) Full Name
Dr. Jovo Miladinović
Job Title (2)
Academic Staff Member, Coordinator of Mediterranean Platform