Mediterranean Imaginaries


Education, Healthcare & Medicine, and Performance Art

The Mediterranean is a symbol of human flourishing. Popular images of olive oil, sunny beaches and spas in Italy and Greece plague the collective imagination. In this podcast, our host surveys inter- and non-disciplinary students who have fallen ill in their attempts to study the Mediterranean “way of life.” By way of meandering conversations and drifting tangents, the playful episodes work under the notion that imaginaries help science take unreasonably things seriously. We explore how “The Mediterranean,” real or imagined, is made possible with critical multimodal academic inquiry.


How to Design a Dwelling Podcast: Doctor-Prescribed Mudwraps in Montenegro…

Alen speaks with architectural historian and filmmaker, Anna Ulrikke Andersen, visiting scholar at Vanderbilt. Anna discusses her research on a rehabilitation center in Montenegro frequented by Norwegians with rheumatic illnesses by the request of their medical doctor, plus her work on architect Christian Norberg-Schulz. Alen reflects on his failed attempts to reach the Mediterranean, raising […]

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