Where Civilizations meet. Thessaloniki, Multiculturalism and Port-Cities in the Black Sea and the Εastern Mediterranean
This course examines Thessaloniki within the framework of the major port cities of the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea. The subject is approached in an interdisciplinary way, following topics such as geography, transport, economics, politics, sociology, religion, anthropology, city-planning, and architecture.
Identification of entrepreneurial linkages between the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean will also focus on the largest eastern Mediterranean port-city, Istanbul, which was actually the main economic and maritime intelligence center of all Black Sea ports.
The course will also study the process of modernization that concern the town planning and the architecture of these cities during the last period of the Ottoman rule, as well as the growth and the role of that particularly transforming class that were the “levantines”. Another aim of the course is to analyze and understand how much this model of port-cities was the result of the interaction of the traditional Islamic states of the region with the recently imposed semi-colonial model and the imported, western cosmopolitanism.
Upon completing the course the students will have gained: