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Humans, Drugs, and Arms : Illicit Trafficking in the Mediterranean

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Mardi 27 juin 2023

École française d’Athènes
Didotou 6, Athens

Atelier coorganisé par Kostis Gkotsinas et Pierre Salmon.

The workshop will gather specialists within the domains of trafficking in humans, narcotics, and arms, who will explore the topic of illegal circulation in the Mediterranean between 1870 and 1960. By shifting the focus to agents and regulations, this workshop aims to connect historiographies that have been considered unrelated to the present day. Consequently, methodology and the use of sources will be central topics of our discussions. The workshop revolves around the hypothesis that individuals involved in trafficking—whether it be in humans, drugs, or arms—share similar profiles and are often subjected to comparable restrictive measures both at the national and international levels.

9:30 – 10:00


Gilles de Rapper, Director of Modern and Contemporary Studies, École française d’Athènes


Pierre Salmon, École Normale Supérieure, & Kostis Gkotsinas, National Hellenic Research Foundation

10:00 - 11:30 | Session 1 : Places

Small Places, illicit Directions : Smuggling and the Age of Globalization

Ramazan Hakkı Öztan, Bogaziçi University

Illicit Circulations in Marseilles, ‘Capital City of Crime’ (1820-1940) : Assessment of a situated Investigation and further new Insights

Laurence Montel, Université de Poitiers

‘Mediterranean’ Trafficking ? The Area Studies Approach and the spatial Logic of Smuggling

Andreas Guidi, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales

11:30 - 11:45 | Coffee break

11:45 - 13:45 | Session 2 : Agents

Cosmopolitan Underworld : Opium Refinement in Prohibition-Era Istanbul

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal, British Institute at Ankara

Moving Arms and People in the 1930s Mediterranean in Times of escalating Tensions

Mogens Pelt, Danish Institute at Athens

When the French Riviera’s Milieu was involved in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) : Rethinking the Intermediarity of illegal Networks during Conflicts

Pierre Salmon, École Normale Supérieure

Going international : global Dimensions of Greek Drug Smugglers’ Activities

Kostis Gkotsinas, National Hellenic Research Foundation

13:45 - 16:00 | Lunch break

16:00 - 17:30 | Session 3 : State Control

Smuggling in Greek Macedonia : Between Empires and State Building

Dimitris Mitsopoulos, Columbia University

The Visibility of Pimping in the departmental Archives of Bouches-du-Rhône from 1885 to 1939

Samantha Pratali, Université Catholique de Lille

Israel and the Dialectics of the War on Drugs : Detoxicating ‘Outsiders within’, Intoxicating ‘foreign Enemies’

Haggai Ram Ben Gurion, University of the Negev17:30 - 17:45 | Coffee break

17:45 - 19:00 | Session 4 : Round table

Sources on the History of illicit Trafficking

Publié le 14 juin 2023, mis a jour le mercredi 2 août 2023

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