Upcoming Event: Mediterranean Connectivities and Religious Communities, Los Angeles, 2-3 May

With the collaboration and support of the Spain-North Africa Project (SNAP), and Loyola Marymount University, the Mediterranean Seminar/University of California Multi-Campus Research Project invites participants to the Spring 2014 workshop on “Mediterranean Connectivities,” to be held at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, 3 May, 2014. This event is presented in conjunction and collaboration with the SNAP conference, “Power Relations & Religious Communities,” to be held on Friday, May 2 at LMU. seal

Mediterranean Connectivities – Workshop
Saturday, 3 May, 9:30am—5:15pm
A workshop consisting of three pre-circulated papers and a talk by our featured scholar:
• “Commercial Conflict Resolution Across the Religious Divide in the Thirteenth-Century Mediterranean”, Travis Bruce – History, Wichita State University
• “ Conceptualizing Cultural Interaction in Twelfth-Century Eastern Anatolia”, Sergio La Porta – Armenian Studies, CSU Fresno
• “The Extraterritorial Mediterranean: Consular Courts and Connectivity in Nineteenth-Century Morocco”, Jessica Marglin- Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Featured scholar: Adam Sabra (History, University of California Santa Barbara): “Mediterranean Connections of a Sixteenth-Century Egyptian `alim”

All interested graduate students and scholars are welcome. Pre-registration for the Saturday workshop is required; attendance is limited so please register soon. UC-and LMU-affiliated scholars may register immediately, others on or after April 1. Lunch will be provided on both days for attendees who register prior to April 15.
To register and receive the workshop papers prior to April, 1, please contact Sharon Kinoshita (sakinosh@ucsc.edu); on or after April 1, please contact Courtney Mahaney (cmahaney@ucsc.edu) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. UC-affiliated faculty and graduate students will be eligible for up to $350 for travel expenses; non-UC participants may apply but support will granted as available (contingent on availability and attendance at both events).
Limited accommodation is available through the workshop at a rate of approximately $125/night; those who register on or before April 1 should indicate if they are interested.

Power Relations & Religious Communities – Conference
Friday, 2 May, 9am—7:30pm

9:00-09:30 Registration
Registration on site: $15 for public, $10 for students, free for members of LMU community. Pre-register athttp://bit.ly/1isAGME

9:30-09:50 Opening Remarks
Welcome: Andrew Devereux (Loyola Marymount University)
Dean Michael O’Sullivan (BCLA, Loyola Marymount University)
Opening Remarks: Sharon Kinoshita and Brian Catlos, co-directors
UC Mediterranean Studies Multicampus Research Project (MRP)
Yuen-Gen Liang (Wheaton College, Massachusetts)

9:50-11:50 WORKSHOP: The Consolidation of Identity on the Margins in North Africa
Moderator: Paul Sidelko (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
Mohamad Ballan (University of Chicago), “‘They shall come to you from the West with God’s religion’: Ibāḍī Doctrine and Berber Identity in Ibn Sallām’s Kitāb (ca. 875)”
Commentator: Paul Love (University of Michigan)
Manuela Ceballos (Emory University), “Power and Vulnerability in the Biography of a Sixteenth-Century Moroccan Saint”
Commentator: Emily Gottreich (University of California, Berkeley)

11:50-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-15:15  PANEL: Expressions of Power
Chair: Najwa al-Qattan (Loyola Marymount University)
Discussants: Abigail Krasner Balbale (Bard Graduate Center) & Camilo Gómez-Rivas (The American University in Cairo)
Yoshihiko Ito (Tokyo University of Science), “New Power, Old Territory, and Renewed Architecture in the 10th-Century Kingdom of León”
Thomas Devaney (University of Rochester), “From Tension to Violence: Inciting a Riot in Fifteenth-Century Castile”
Marya T. Green-Mercado (University of Michigan), “Prophecy as Diplomacy: Morisco Prophecies of Henry IV of France”
Sasha Pack (University of Buffalo), “Francisco Merry y Colom and the Ambivalent Spanish Encounter with Moroccan Jewery, 1860-1864”

15:15-15:30 COFFEE BREAK

15:30-18:00 TALKING ARTIFACTS: Geographies of Power
Chair: Yuen-Gen Liang (Wheaton College, Massachusetts) Discussant: Audience
Josie Hendrickson (University of Alberta), “Power and Pilgrimage: al-Burzulī (d. 1438) on Sailing with Christians”
Karen Pinto (Gettysburg College), “Islamic Maps as Maghrib/Mediterranean Artifacts”
Gil Klein (Loyola Marymount University), “Subverting Cities: Roman Land and Rabbinic Assumption of Imperial Power in the Eastern Mediterranean”

18:00-19:30 RECEPTION

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