Lecture by Julia Clancy-Smith; Spring Equinox in Tunisia: Wrecks, People and Things in the Sea


Monday, March 9, 2020, 5:00pm to 7:30pm


Tunisia Office Center for Middle Eastern Studies Harvard University, Les jardins du Lac II, Tunis

Clancy-Smith- Lecture- March 2020

As part of its forthcoming Mediterranean Studies workshop: Mapping Tunisia in Mediterranean Studies, to be held in Tunis on March 9 and 10, 2020,the Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University is pleased to present:



Or How Do We Do Mediterranean Studies?


A lecture by Professor Julia Clancy-Smith

Professor of History at the University of Arizona



“By scrutinizing shipwrecks along the North African coast, particularly in Tunisia, this paper argues for a land and perspective for modern Mediterranean history. Such an approach offers clues about how things traveled and the afterlives of commodities thrown upon the shores by tumultuous storms. It also provides insights into the limits of early modern states and the nature of trans-Mediterranean commerce. Finally, my view from the water’s edge steers us toward uncharted turning points in the many histories of North Africa, France, the Ottomans, and the global economies.”



Julia Clancy-Smith is a Tenure-Track Regent's Professor of History at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is the author of two awarded scholarly monographs:


  • Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900 (California UP, 2010) (won the 2011 French Colonial Historical Society Book Award)
  • Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904) (California UP, 1994)


She edited and co-edited numerous volumes:

  • Co-editor, introduction, and chapter. Domesticating the Empire: Languages of Gender, Race, and Family Life in French and Dutch Colonialism, 1830-1962. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998.
  • Editor. North Africa, Islam, and the Mediterranean World from the Almoravids to the Algerian War. London: Frank Cass Publications, 2001.
  • Co-editor and introduction. French Historical Studies 27, 3 (summer 2004): 497-505. Special issue “Writing French Colonial Histories.”
  • Co-editor, introduction, and chapter. Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image. Los Angeles and Seattle: The Getty Research Institute and the University of Washington Press, 2009. 
  • Co-editor and introduction, “Fathers and Daughters in Islam.” Special issue of the Journal of Persianate Studies 4, 1 (2011).
  • Editor and introduction, “Maghribi Histories in the Modern Era.” Special issue of the International Journal of Middle East Studies 44, 4 (November 2012).

Julia Clancy-Smith has also authored and edited textbooks as: Co-author, The Modern Middle East and North Africa: A History in Documents. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013 and author and editor, A History of North Africa in the Modern Period. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. And she has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book/film reviews.

She was awarded prizes for her books and teaching:

  •  First Middle East Studies Association 2013 Undergraduate Education Award [With Charles D. Smith]
  • 2011 Alf A. Heggoy Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2011 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Award for Best Subsequent Book2013 L. Carl Brown AIMS Book Prize for Mediterraneans.
  • 1995 Albert Hourani Book Award, the Middle East Studies Association, 1995 Alf A. Heggoy Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 1995 Book Award, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society for Rebel and Saint.
  • 2010 Collectively conferred 2011 Barbara Kanner Book Prize, the Western Association of Women Historians for her chapter in: Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources. [With Nupur Chaudhuri, Sherry Katz, and Mary Elizabeth Perry].
  • 2010 American Historical Association, William Gilbert Award for Best Article on Teaching.
  • 2006-2007 American Historical Association, James Harvey Robinson Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching and Learning of History. Collectively awarded to the contributors to the World History Matters, Center for History and New Media Project, George Mason University, 2006-07.
  • 2003 University of Arizona, SBS Most Distinguished Teacher in Graduate Level Courses.

Read more on Prof. Julia Clancy-Smith on the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies University of Arizona website, here https://menas.arizona.edu/user/julia-clancy-smith

Join us in Tunis on:
Monday, March 9, 2020, from 5 to 7:30PM
At the Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University