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ILCAA Joint Research Project

The Mediterranean as a Connecting Sea (jrp000281)



  • Mediterranean Sea
  • History
  • Connectivity
  • Cross-border Movement


  • Europe
  • North Africa
  • West Asia



About the Project

Project term: April, 2022–March, 2025

From antiquity to the present day, the Mediterranean Sea has connected the regions along its coasts and enabled the movement of people, goods, information, and more. As the networks established by the sea were dynamic ones—rather than static ones—linked to the states controlling these lands, they created historical and regional diversities. This project focuses on the roles of people moving across diverse boundaries—be they political, sectarian, or ethnic— in the region. By so doing, it elucidates the formation of Mediterranean networks without losing this history to nationalist narratives. The project will involve researchers specializing in various periods and be based at the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) in Beirut.

Tomoaki SHINODA, Project Coordinator



  • Tomoaki SHINODA


  • Hidemitsu KUROKI

Joint Researchers

  • Abdulrahim Abu-Husayn
  • Abdulrahim Benhadda
  • Felix Arnold
  • Naoko FUKAMI
  • Takashi OSHIO
  • Georg Christ
  • Wakako KUMAKURA



The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Mon 20 Mar 2023 9:00–13:00
  • Venue: Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Beirut (JaCMES), Online meeting
  • Language: English
  • Organized by ILCAA
  • The second meeting of the Joint Research Project, “The Mediterranean Sea as a Connected Sea”, will be held at JaCMES in Beirut on 20 March.
    The presenters are as follows:
    Felix Arnold (ILCAA Joint Researcher, German Archaeological Institute) “Domed audience halls across the Mediterranean in the 14th century CE”
    Georg Christ (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Manchester) “A Transmediterranean Network? Multilayered statehood and trade connectivity in the Mediterranean and Red Sea”
    Tomoaki SHINODA (ILCAA) “Muslims or Christians? Learning agnosticism in Saadian Marrakesh”
    Haruka SUEMORI (Hokkaido University) “Ottoman-Venetian Maritime Regime on Piracy in the Early Modern Mediterranean”
    Chair: Tomoaki SHINODA

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Tue 14 Jun 2022 16:00–18:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by ILCAA
  • 16:00–16:20 All the participants
    16:20–16:40 Tomoaki SHINODA (ILCAA)
    Explanation of the joint research project's aim and details
    16:40–17:30 All the participants
    Discussion for each participant's research plan
    17:30–18:00 All the participants
    Discussion for the next workshop

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