International workshop

Koper - Capodistria, February 15th, 2019

The workshop aims at examining one of the most important and yet little studied aspects of the Colombian exchange: the introduction and diffusion of maize in Mediterranean Europe. While the potato and its impact has been studied in quite some detail thanks to a great number of articles and monographs, the same cannot be said for maize, despite the incontrovertible importance this plant took on as a crop and as foodstuff in many rural areas of Mediterranean Europe.
The workshop concentrates on the northern Mediterranean area comprising the Alpine and south-eastern European regions and examines the following aspects from a comparative perspective:
1. Chronology and geography of the diffusion of maize in the northern Mediterranean and south-eastern European regions;
2. Ways in which the diffusion took place, examining the reasons for its success or lack of success;
3. Links between greater (or lesser) success of maize and land ownership and tenancy;
4. Impact and consequences of the spread of maize on grain markets and on peasant diets;
5. Possible link between the increased cultivation of maize and the diminishing cases of famine.
Venue: University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Titov trg 5, lecture room Maestral 1


Organisers: Luca Mocarelli, Aleksander Panjek.
Organisation: University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History and Institute for Intercultural Studies, with the support of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural
Sciences and Information Technologies.