The mediterranean alternative

Paolo Giaccaria, Claudio Minca*

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This paper is a critical review of Italian and French Mediterranean studies from a postcolonial and geographical perspective. It claims that the relationship between contemporary Mediterranean geographies and mainstream European modernities has been overlooked by the Mediterraneanist literature, a literature from which geography has been surprisingly absent. We hope to begin addressing this gap, rethinking the Mediterranean as a postcolonial sea. In its real and metaphorical 'liquidity', the Mediterranean represents a fertile ground for the exploration of 'other spaces', capable of recovering the ambiguities and plurality of voices that make it a source of inspiration for experiencing 'alternative modernities'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-365
Number of pages21
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • alternative modernities
  • geography
  • Mediterranean
  • pensiero meridiano
  • postcolonialism


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