Historically a source of cultural and economic dynamism, the circulation
of people, objects, ideas and ways of life across the Mediterranean has
taken a new edge with current global geopolitical and geo-economic processes.
In the midst of this greater connectivity and fluidity of exchanges the
Mediterranean re-emerges as a hotspot for international conflicts. Analysts
predict a deterioration of political stability in the region in the coming
decades due to, inter alia, acute environmental degradation,
scarcity of fossil fuels, and growing structural economic and demographic
disjunctures between Europe, the Maghrib and sub-Saharan Africa. Understanding
these challenges in an age of globalisation requires theoretical and methodological
tools that account for the increasingly transnational nature of social,
political, economic and environmental processes and the role of digital
and mobile technologies in the emergence and pattering of social and political
life in the Mediterranean.
mediterranean mobilities looks at the region in innovative and
critical ways that highlight its transnational complexity and aims at
generating and disseminating policy relevant intelligence on Mediterranean
mobilities in the 21st century, especially in relation to issues of critical
cosmopolitanism and sustainability. Of particular interest for mediterranean
mobilities are transnational initiatives such as the ill fated Barcelona
Process: Union for the Mediterranean and the United Nations Blue
Plan for Development and the Environment in the Mediterranean.
Specific aims of mediterranean mobilities:
- To raise awareness about the interconnectedness and interdependence
of peoples and places across the Mediterranean, now, historically and
in the future;
- To promote comparative, postdisciplinary and historically sensitive
research on Mediterranean mobilities;
- To enrich mobilities research with Mediterranean concerns, problems
- To liaise with existing networks and organise and contribute to seminars,
conferences and symposia nationally and internationally;
- To bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers;
- To serve as a centre for exchanging information between civil society
actors and the academia;
- To support research students in the UK with an interest in the Mediterranean.
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an academic perspective.
supports 'slow science'.
THE SLOW SCIENCE MANIFESTO
We are scientists. We don’t blog. We don’t twitter. We take
Don’t get us wrong—we do say yes to the accelerated science
of the early 21st century. We say yes to the constant flow of peer-review
journal publications and their impact; we say yes to science blogs and
media & PR necessities; we say yes to increasing specialization and
diversification in all disciplines. We also say yes to research feeding
back into health care and future prosperity. All of us are in this game,
However, we maintain that this cannot be all. Science needs time to think.
Science needs time to read, and time to fail. Science does not always
know what it might be at right now. Science develops unsteadily,
with jerky moves and unpredictable leaps forward—at the
same time, however, it creeps about on a very slow time scale, for which
there must be room and to which justice must be done.
Slow science was pretty much the only science conceivable for hundreds
of years; today, we argue, it deserves revival and needs protection. Society
should give scientists the time they need, but more importantly, scientists
must take their time.
We do need time to think. We do need time to digest. We do need time
to misunderstand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue
between humanities and natural sciences. We cannot continuously tell you
what our science means; what it will be good for; because we simply don’t
know yet. Science needs time.
—Bear with us, while we think.
The Slow Science Academy