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Mediterraneanizing Europe: The Project of Subaltern Race and the Postimperial Search for Hybridity (2021)


This essay explores the predicament of subaltern self-racializing in terms of European political and scientific modernity by tracing attempts to reconsider and appropriate the “Mediterranean race” concept on behalf of new and underrecognized nationalisms. The essay develops a perspective that brings together the least obvious global “coauthors” of the counternarrative of the “Mediterranean race”—such as Russian Zionism, turn-of-the-century Italian nationalism, and W. E. B. Du Bois’s “Negritude” nationalism—which were equally engaged in self-racializing and claiming the status of archetypal Europeanness. Jewish self-racializing, in particular, which is usually interpreted as a response to racial anti-Semitism or as an expression of self-hatred, is treated here as a paradigmatic case of subaltern nationalism and subaltern science. Ultimately, the essay explores the hybridizing potential and politics of comparison embedded in the “Mediterranean race” counternarrative that continue to inspire historical and cultural revisionism today.

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Authors & Contributors
English, Daylanne K.
Aguilar, Filomeno V., Jr.
Weindling, Paul J.
Wortham, Robert A.
Aviles-Galan, Miguel Angel
Willis, William Shedrick
Journal of Asian Studies
Bulletin of Latin American Research
Physics in Perspective
Comparative Studies in Society and History
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Social Studies of Science
University of Chicago Press
University of North Carolina Press
American Philosophical Society
Fordham University Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Palgrave Macmillan
Science and race
National identity
Science and politics
Du Bois, William Edward B.
Boas, Franz
Freud, Sigmund
Rossi, Bruno Benedetto
Aḥad Haʻam (1856-1927)
Hurston, Zora Neale
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
United States
Habsburg, House of
Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946)

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