Die Insel als Grenz- und Möglichkeitsraum.

Kreta in der politischen Imagination des Mediterranen

In: Jahrbuch für Europäische Ethnologie
Author: Regina Römhild

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The Island as Border Region and Sphere of Possibility: Crete in the Political Imagination of the Mediterranean

Revisiting my fieldwork on and beyond Crete, I argue that islands in the Mediterranean (but not only there) are political laboratories dedicated to the boundary work of borders and identities. Conflicting perceptions of belonging as well as intersecting maritime, transnational and transcontinental mobilities and relations intervene in diverse hegemonic narratives of national and European unity. The article argues that “thinking with islands” is a helpful perspective in order to productively decentralize and “migrantize” static geopolitical geographies.