Nina Maria Gorrissen Lecture
Lampedusa: Island of Muslim-Christian Trust, 1200–1700
In the late medieval and early modern periods, the Mediterranean Sea connected Muslims and Christians in a relational web of war, trade, and cultural exchange. Islands in the Mediterranean were frequented by Muslim and Christian pirates, escaped captives, and corsairs—including the island that today has gleaned a particular political charge: Lampedusa. In this talk, Brown University professor Amy Remensnyder offers a historical perspective on the contemporary refugee crisis by tracing the genealogy of the outsized role played in this emergency by Lampedusa and other small Mediterranean islands that belong politically to Europe but that geographically hug the coasts of North Africa and Turkey.