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Call for papers: Mediterranean Visions/ Mediterranean Frame

MediterraneanOn 13-15 June 2014, the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento will host two events: a conference “Mediterranean Visions: Journeys, Itineraries and Cultural Migrations/ Visioni Mediterranee: Viaggi, Itinerari e Migrazioni Culturali” and a symposium, “History, Literature and Culture in a Mediterranean Frame.”

Paper proposals are being accepted for “Mediterranean Visions” (13 & 14 June), organized by Giovanni Spani (College of Holy Cross) and Marco Marino (Sant’Anna Institute). This conference will focus on the perceptions of the journey to/from/around the Mediterranean Sea, moving from Italian, European and extra-European perspectives (and with specific reference to the Americas), and concentrating on the theme of immigration/emigration to/from the Mediterranean Basin), the intercultural exchanges occurring between its shores, as well as new challenges (social and economic) facing the region from the globalized society and from the increasingly urgent democratic imperatives of the populations inhabiting it.

Selected conference papers will published in a volume of proceedings.

In conjunction with the conference, the symposium, “History, Literature and Culture in a Mediterranean Frame,” co-organized by Wake Forest University and the Mediterranean Seminar with the sponsorship of Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana, will be held on 15 June, and is open to all.
Confirmed speakers include:
Brian A. Catlos (University of Colorado Boulder/University of California Santa Cruz)
John Dagenais (University of California at Los Angeles)
Sharon Kinoshita (University of California Santa Cruz)
Roberta Morosini (Wake Forest University)
Pasquale Sabbatino (Universita’ degli studi “Federico II’ di  Napoli)
Carlo Saccone (Universita’ di Bologna)
Roberto Tottoli   (Universita’ degli studi di Napoli  “L’Orientale”)
Prof. Giuseppe Gargano (Honorary President, Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana)

For information regarding the symposium, please contact: mailbox@mediterraneanseminar.org

Conference Proposals
Please send your proposal (2 paragraph maximum) in Italian, English, Spanish, or French, along with a brief CV, to the conference Organizing Committee at mediterraneanvisions@gmail.com by April 10, 2014.

Please visit http://santannainstitute.com/en/conference-at-sant-anna-institute.php for more details and the list of topics.

Call for Participants: Roots and Routes III – Sociability and Material/Digital Mediterranean (26 May – 3 June 2014, Toronto)

Unlike traditional academic conferences, the Roots & Routes Summer Institute features a combination of informal presentations, seminar-style discussions of shared materials, hands-on workshops on a variety of digital tools, and small-group project development sessions. The institute welcomes participants from a range of disciplines with an interest in engaging with digital scholarship; technical experience is not a requirement. Graduate students (MA and PhD), postdoctoral fellows and faculty are all encouraged to apply.
Hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough, the institute allows participants to develop a more coherent and explicitly transdisciplinary analytical framework for future scholarship using digital tools and methodologies. Participants will explore new formats for conducting research and presenting their findings. By teaming up with information technology specialists and digital scholarship experts working outside the Mediterranean, participants will have a chance to develop long-term collaborative projects to enhance their ongoing individual research agendas. In order to maximize the potential for future collaboration and broad, thematic conversations, groups will be composed of participants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and at different stages of their scholarly careers, from senior scholars to advanced undergraduates. Participants are encouraged to engage each other’s materials, bring insights from their own fields of expertise to a broader methodological and conceptual discussion, and begin to draw out connections between what are often seen as disparate fields of knowledge.

Annual theme:
This year’s theme, “Sociability and Materiality,” aims to capture a range of historical problems and their attendant methodological and epistemological challenges. Participants are invited to define and approach this theme from the position of their individual disciplines and research interests. For example, what place does “the Mediterranean” have in discussions about manuscript, print, and digital cultures and their interpretation? What can historians, art historians, archaeologists, and other scholars learn from one another when tackling these problems? (How) are themes such as sociability and materiality useful in the study of the premodern Mediterranean? How can attention to materiality and sociability make salient the various practices of knowledge production of different disciplinary traditions, and what do such practices entail? What new ways of envisioning archives (as processes as well as products) are being facilitated by digital technologies? How do digital media and methodologies change the ways in which we identify, access, and interpret historical records? What might “collaborative research” in digital environments have to learn from (and teach) the history of earlier forms of scholarly sociability? How does the recent resurgence in the history of material culture speak to longer-term interest among historians of the book in the materiality of textual artifacts?

Application Guidelines:
Applicants should submit  a CV and a brief proposal (up to 600 words) that includes a discussion of their current research and a specific object they would like to present and further develop digitally. This object may be a text, an artifact, a dataset, or a cluster of any of the above. Once accepted, participants will be asked to compile a bibliography of relevant readings to share with others in advance, as well as to install and become familiar with a few digital tools (e.g. Zotero), to allow us to explore more advanced features and digital skills at the institute itself. Participants are not expected to have prior programming knowledge or other advanced digital skills, but should be genuinely interested in the potential of digital tools to challenge and transform current research practices.
Application deadline: March 21, 2014

See http://ocs.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/utsc/RRSI3/announcement/view/139
** Travel bursaries may be available for some out-of-town graduate student participants. **
Please contact the organizers at rrsi2014[at]utsc.utoronto.ca for further information or to get involved in the organizing process.
“Roots & Routes: Scholarly Networks and Knowledge Production in the Premodern Mediterranean and in the Digital Age” is a three-year Summer Institute (2011, 2012 & 2014) hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough and is generously supported by a grant from the University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund.

Call for Papers: “Muslim Subjects and Clients in the Pre-Modern Christian Mediterranean,”

The Mediterranean Seminar is seeking proposal for two proposed panels, on “Muslim Subjects and Clients in the Pre-Modern Christian Mediterranean,” organized by Abigail Balbale [Bard Graduate Center/University of Massachusetts Boston] and Brian Catlos [Religious Studies, CU Boulder/Humanities, UC Santa Cruz] to be submitted for consideration for the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association to be held November 22-25 in Washington DC. Prof. Stephen Humphreys (Emeritus, History, UC Santa Barbara) will provide comment.

Islam was conceived as a universal religion and social organization, and a ideology of liberation rooted in the correct expression of divine sovereignty. The first era of Islam was characterized by a wave of conquest that only reinforced the faith’s universal aspirations — in space of less than a century, Arab Muslims and their clients brought the former Persian Empire, much of Byzantium, the Maghrib and the Iberian Peninsula under their rule. Both Revelation and the practica associated with this conquest led Muslims to develop a formal position in which members of monotheistic religions (in principle, Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians) were incorporated into dar al-Islam as subject peoples or dhimmis. This phase of ebullience coincided with the formulation of Islamic law and the crystallization of Islamic institutions.

Beginning in the mid-eleventh century, however, the political tide in the Mediterranean turned, as Latin Christian powers began to expand at the expense of Muslim princes, and began to conquer and colonize substantial areas in the Islamic Mediterranean. For the first time Islam was confronted with the situation of substantial populations of Muslims living under non-Muslim rule  (“mudéjares”/“mudajjan”) — a state of affairs that flew in the face of fundamental principles. Moreover, Muslim princes who had previously held the upper hand in relationships of clientage with Christian rulers, now found themselves in a subordinate role in the Latin-dominated Mediterranean.

In the last four decades, subject Muslims in Iberia, Italy, Ifriqiya, and the Eastern Mediterranean have been the subject of intense historical study, most of it locally or regionally-based and finely focused in terms of chronology or approach.  In March 2014, Cambridge University Press will publish “Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, ca. 1050–1614” the first monographic study of the experience of subject Muslims across the Christian West — an attempt to synthesize the work of scholars of subject Muslims to date.  To mark this occasion, and to showcase the newest and most original research in this field, we are seeking papers for two panels: “Theory,” and “Practice.”

“Theory” will examine how Islam grappled with the problem of Muslim submission to infidels from the point of view of ideology, whether religious or political, and may include studies from disciplines including, for example, history, literature, legal history and philosophy.

“Practice” will look at the dynamics of Muslim clientage and submission “on the ground” and may include economic, political, and social history, the study of art, architecture and material culture, and literature, to name but a few.

We are particularly interested in papers that cross or interrogate categories of analysis (such as “Muslim” and “Christian”), that examine issue of Muslim heterodoxy and diversity, that examine Muslims’ relations with other minority communities (e.g.: Jews), or that engage with relatively neglected areas of mudéjar studies, such as gender, conversion, and slavery.

Please submit a proposals for 20-minute papers to be presented in person to Abigail Balbale (balbale@bgc.bard.edu) and Brian Catlos (bcatlos@ucsc.edu) on or before Tuesday, February 11 for consideration. Include a 150-200 word abstract and a 2-page CV and indicate whether you will need to request AV equipment.

Workshop and Symposium: Minorities in the Mediterranean (7 & 8 March, San Francisco)

The Mediterranean Seminar/University of California Multi-Campus Research Project and the departments of Comparative and World Literature, History, Jewish Studies, and the Spanish Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University invite participants to a two-day, two-part event on Medieval and Early Modern Minorities in the Mediterranean, to be held on 7 & 8 March 2014at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. Participants from the broadest range of relevant disciplines are welcome and encouraged to register.

Mediterranean Minorities – Symposium
Friday, 7 March, 10am—5:30pm
Humanities Bldg, Rm 587
A one-day symposium consisting of three round table discussions:
1)  Opportunity
2)  Assimilation and Exchange
3) Vulnerability
Fred Astren (Jewish Studies, San Francisco State)
Jeremy Brown (Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University)
Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, CU Boulder/ Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz)
Tom Dandelet (History, University of California at Berkeley)
John Dagenais (Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA)
Federica Francesconi (Jewish Studies, University of Oregon)
Paolo Girardelli (History, Boğaziçi University)
Mike Hammer (Spanish, San Francisco State)
Joshua Holo (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)
Slobodan Dan Paich (Artship Foundation, San Francisco CA)
Jonathan Ray (Jewish Studies, Georgetown University)
Jarbel Rodriguez (History, San Francisco State)
Stefan Stantchev (History, Arizona State University)
David Wacks (Romance Languages, University of Oregon)
Valerie Wilhite (Romance Languages, University of Oregon)
Megan Williams (History, San Francisco State)

Mediterranean Minorities – Workshop
Saturday, 8 March, 9:30am—5:15pm
Humanities Bldg, Rm 587
A workshop consisting of three pre-circulated papers and a talk by our featured scholar:
• “Do Mediterranean Studies Speak to Latin American Colonial Studies? A Suspected German Lutheran Conquers A Suspected “Morisco”in the Canaries Before Taking On the New World”
Giovanna Montenegro (Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis);
• “Alexandria ad Aegyptum”
Dan Selden (Literature, University of Californi,a Santa Cruz)
• Being Different in the Medieval Middle East? The Poet’s Story”
Jocelyn Sharlet (Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis)

Featured scholar:
Stephen Humphreys (History, University of California Santa Barbara):
“Adapting to the Infidel: the Christian Communities of Syria in the Early Islamic Period”

Full program for conference and workshop available soon at http://mediterraneanseminar.ihr.ucsc.edu/overview/.

All interested graduate students and scholars are welcome. Both events are free but pre-registration is required; attendance is limited so please register soon. UC-and SFSU-affiliated scholars may register immediately, non-UC scholars on or after February 7. Lunch will be provided on both days for attendees who register prior to February 26.

To register for the workshop and/or conference and receive the workshop papers, 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).

The Mediterranean Seminar is an interdisciplinary scholarly forum, the aim of which is to promote collaborative research and the development of the field of Mediterranean Studies. The UC Mediterranean Studies Multi-Campus Research Project is funded by the UC Office of the President and is administered by the Institute for Humanities Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Call for Papers: Culture, Power and Identity in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean

sealThe Mediterranean Seminar is seeking proposals for panels on “Culture, Power and Identity in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean,” organized by Brian Catlos [Religious Studies CU Boulder/Humanities UC Santa Cruz] and Sergio La Porta (Armenian Studies, CSU Fresno)  to be submitted for consideration for the annual meeting of the American Historical Association to be held January 2-5, 2015 in New York City.

Mediterranean Studies represents an approach that is transforming our view of the history of Pre-Modern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by taking an inter-disciplinary and comparative approach to the history of the Medieval West (ie.: the area west of the Indus), by “provincializing” Europe, eschewing grand teleological narratives, and by interrogating essentializing categories that have dominated historical analysis when deployed uncritically and universally (e.g.: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Europe, Byzantium, the Near East…).

We are seeking proposals that focus on the intersection of culture, power and religious and ethnic identity, on communal relations, and/or on processes of acculturation, translatio, and conflict in the broader Mediterranean.

In principle we will propose two panels: “Ideals” and “Action” — the former focusing on the ideology of pre-Modern identity politics and its expression, and the latter on the outcomes of  policy and practice in this regard.

Papers focusing on social, political and economic history are welcome, but we are particularly interested in papers that are interdisciplinary in nature and/or that focus on art history, musicology, architecture, philosophy, history of science and medicine, the construction of class and/or gender identity, material culture or literature, and/or that focus on traditionally understudied groups (e.g.: Berbers, Copts, Armenians) and/or that combine approaches or take a chronologically or regionally comparative approach.

Please submit a proposals for 20-minute papers to be presented in person to Brian Catlos (bcatlos@ucsc.edu) and Sergio La Porta (slaporta@csufresno.edu) on or before Thursday, February 6 for consideration. Include a 150-200 word abstract and a 2-page CV, and indicate whether you will need to request AV equipment, and put “AHA Proposal” in the subject line.