Palermo, Sicily Preliminary Sessions Post 3-1-2016

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19th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Congress

Palermo, Sicily

Preliminary Sessions Post 3-1-2016


These sessions are not in any particular order; lease make sure the following are correct:

  • Title of your paper

  • Your name

  • Your university

If you are giving your paper in a language different from that indicated in the session, please give us the paper title in the correct language. If you have suggestions for changes, please let us know. However, also be aware that as people withdraw, sessions will change. Some sessions will disappear and new ones will be created. We will try to accommodate your requests, but also understand that if we move your paper to a different session, we must move someone else out of that session. But if you believe your paper is not appropriate for the session in which it has been placed, let us know. The papers that were submitted as sessions will also not be changed (they have been highlighted as such). If you are willing to chair a specific session, send us a message.
In some cases, scholars proposed panels with only two papers. Given the high number of people attending this year, we cannot afford the luxury of two-paper panels. In those cases, we have assigned one or two extra papers on related topics to your session.
Send all changes to all three: Ben Taggie/Louise Taggie (, and John Watkins (


PROGRAM—The corrected sessions will be organized into the final program, which will be made available on the website around April 15.


REGISTRATION (last call April 8): If your plans changed and you are not going to attend the Congress, please let us know. If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you have not registered by the time we finalize the program, YOUR PAPER WILL BE REMOVED from the program.
1. Non-State Actors in Mediterranean Politics I

Chair: John Watkins, University of Minnesota

Michael Lower, University of Minnesota, “Mercenaries as State Actors in Thirteenth-Century North Africa”

Diego Pirillo, University of California at Berkeley, “Cross-Confessional Networks in the Anglo-Venetian Renaissance”

Etty Terem, Rhodes College, “Navigating Modernity: Lessons in Government and Statecraft in Precolonial Morocco”

John W.Head, University of Kansas, “Restoring Ecological Integrity to the Mediterranean Basin: ‘Ecozone Sovereignty’?”

2. Conceptualizing the Mediterranean in World War II and the Early Cold War

Chair: Bernard Rulof, Maastricht University (Submitted as a session)

Marco Maria Aterrano. University of Naples “Federico II” The American Intervention in Italy and the Origins of the Cold War in the Mediterranean, 1943-45”

Andrew Buchanan, University of Vermont, “We Are All Mediterraneanites Now”: American Grand Strategy and the Wartime Establishment of Hegemony in the Mediterranean, 1940-1945”

Douglas Porch, Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School, “The Mediterranean Origins of the Liberation of France”

Pablo del Hierro, Maastricht University, “Meddling in Spanish-Italian Relations: The Rise of the US as a hegemonic power in the Mediterranean, 1945-1957”

3. Roger II and the Mediterranean

Chair: Dawn Marie Hayes, Montclair State University (Submitted as a sessio

Matthew King, University of Minnesota, “Count Roger II and the Islamicate Mediterranean, 1112-1130”

Dawn Marie Hayes, Montclair State University, “Kinship and Aspiration in the Medieval Mediterranean: Identity and Shared Experience during the Reign of Roger II of Sicily, c. 1112-1154”

Sarah Davis-Secord, University of New Mexico, “King Roger II and the Byzantine Empire: Invasion and Imitation in the 1140s”
4. Three Literary Explorations of Goodness

Chair: Patrick Corrigan, Assumption College (Submitted as a session)

Ann Murphy, Assumption College, “‘To Make Love Necessary’: The Meaning and Memory of Goodness in ‘Fugitive Pieces’

Patrick Corrigan, Assumption College, “The Education of a Virtuous Woman: Lucrezia’s Rinascita in Machiavelli’s Mandragola

Paul Ady, Assumption College, “‘But he is a complete man as well—a good man’: The Influence of Aristotelian Ethics upon Characterization in James Joyce’s Ulysses
5. The Classical Legacy in the Christian Mediterranean

Chair, David D’Andrea, Oklahoma State University (Submitted as a session)

Louis I. Hamilton, Drew University, “From the Lares augusti to ‘Pope Joan’: The Origins of the edicole sacre di Roma

Cynthia White , The University of Arizona, “Keats’ ‘solution sweet’: An Epithalamium for Saint Agnes”

David D'Andrea, Oklahoma State University , “The Early Christian Baptistery of Nocera and the Grand Tour”
6. Communication in Text and Matter in the Ancient World

Chair: Elad Filler, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Submitted as a session)

Karni Golan and Haim Goldfus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “From Polytheism to Christianity: Artistic Communication in the Architectural Decorations of the Byzantine Negev, Israel”

Shamir Yona and Elad Filler, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “The Communication Between the Ancient Sources: The Story of Lot's Wife”

Peter Fabian, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “Can Jars Communicate? The Gazean and Ashkelonian Wine Jars as a Test Case”
7. Servants and Masters in Greek Theater and Cinema: Fiction, Allegory and Reality

Chair: Panayiota Mini, University of Crete (Submitted as a session)

Ioulia Pipinia, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, “Servants, From Genre to Class: Dramatic Stereotypes and Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century Greek Drama”

Constantina Georgiadi, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology, “Sex and Romance between Maids and Masters in Gregorios Xenopoulos’s Plays: Class, Gender, and History”

Panayiota Mini, University of Crete, “The Female Domestic Servant in Greek Film Comedy”

Anna Stavrakopoulou , Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, “The Use of Servants in the Time of Crisis: Beckett’s Endgame in Recent Greek Productions”

8. Italy and Sicily in Modern Arabic Literature: Cultural Contacts

Chair, Rasha Alkhatib, Arab Open University (Submitted as a session)

Rasha Alkhatib, Arab Open University, “Arabic Studies on Literature in Muslim Sicily”

Judi Al-Bataineh, Jerash University, “Italy in Issa Al-Naouri’s Literature and Translations”

Arwa Rabee’, Jerash University, “Italy in the (A Night on the Train) by Issa Alnaouri”

Kayed Hashem, Arab Thought Forum, “Dr. Ihsan Abbas and his works on Muslim Sicily”

9. Shakespeare and the Mediterranean

Chair: Geraldo Sousa, University of Kansas (Submitted as a session)

Geraldo Sousa, University of Kansas, “Adrift in the ‘wild wat’ry seas’ of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors

David M. Bergeron, University of Kansas, “Shakespeare and Sicily”

Gaywyn Moore, Missouri Western State University , “‘Was my sister drowned’: Voyaging While Female in Twelfth Night”

Richard Raspa , Wayne State University, “Language and Leadership: Names, Nicknames, Name-Calling and Other Speech Acts in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

10. The Mediterranean Sea – Meaning and Function in Jewish Culture

Chair: Tamar Alexander, Ben-Gurion University (Submitted as a session)

Tamar Alexander, Ben-Gurion University, “‘Todo el mal se vayga a las profondinas de la mar’ – ‘All the evil will disappear into the depths of the sea’: The Power of the Sea in Judeo-Spanish Magic”

Alisa Meyuhas Ginio, Tel-Aviv University, “The Mediterranean World of Jacqueline Kahanoff (1917-1979), author of Jacob's Ladder (1951)”

Eliezer Papo, Ben-Gurion University, “The Trans-Mediterranean Nature of the Sephardic Culture”

Gila Hadar, Haifa University, “Jewish Fishermen from Salonika as part of Mediterranean Net(work)?”

11. Naples and Southern Italy between Middle and Modern Ages: History and Historiography

Chair: Salvatore Bottari, University of Messina (Submitted as a session)

Luigi Andrea Berto, Western Michigan University, “The Others and Their Stories: Byzantines, Franks, Lombards, and Muslims in Ninth-Century Neapolitan Narrative Texts”

Franca Pirolo, University of Catania, “Trattati di pace e scambi commerciali tra Regno di Napoli e Tripoli nel Settecento” (“Peace Treaties and Trade Between the Kingdom of Naples and Tripoli in the Eighteenth Century”)

Maria Sirago, Liceo Classico Jacopo Sannazzaro, “The Maritime Policy of Viceroy Don Pedro Giron de Osuna in Sicily and Naples During the First Years of the Seventeenth Century

12. Culture, Religion and Society in Sicily between Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

Chair: Luigi Berto, Western Michigan University (Submitted as a session)

Elisa Vermiglio, Università per Stranieri di Reggio Calabria "Dante Alighieri,” “Il Santo cavaliere e i Normanni: il culto di san Giorgio tra strategia politica e forma di comunicazione di potere” (“The Holy Knight and the Normans: The Cult of St. George Between Political Strategy and Form of Communication of Power”)

Lavinia Gazzè , University of Catania, “I reduci delle guerre di Carlo V in Sicilia” (“The Veterans of the Wars of Charles V in Sicily”)

Salvatore Bottari, University of Messina, “Cultural Institutions and Intellectual Exchanges in Seventeenth Century Sicily: The Messanense Studium Generale and the Accademia della Fucina”

Delphine Montoliu, CNRS (CLLE-Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès), “Spanish Culture in Palermo in the Seventeenth-Century”

13. History of Western Mediterranean Studies Group (GEHMO): Society, Power and Culture in the Early Modern Age (I)

Chair: Miquel-Àngel Martínez, Universitat de Barcelona (Submitted as a session)

María de los Ángeles Pérez Samper, Universitat de Barcelona, “The Mediterranean Food in Early Modern Age: Bread, Wine, Pot”

Angel Casals, Universitat de Barcelona, “Mediation and Repression Against Banditry as Political Use Tool”

Montserrat Molina, Biblioteca de Catalunya Maria Caterina, “Brondi: An Example of Baroque Spirituality”
14. History of Western Mediterranean Studies Group (GEHMO): Society, Power and Culture in the Early Modern Age (II)

Chair: Miquel-Àngel Martínez, Universitat de Barcelona (Submitted as a session)

Jaume Dantí, Universitat de Barcelona, “The Articulation of Catalan Territory and the Mediterranean Trade Relations in the XVI-XVIII Centuries”

Miquel-Àngel Martínez, Universitat de Barcelon, “Catalan Trade Influence in Southern Italy in Early Modern History”

Isaac García-Oses, Universitat de Barcelona, “Between Barcelona and Florence: A Comparative Exercise of Ceramic Production in the Sixteenth Century”

15. Spazi euromediterranei. Caratteri identitari e aspetti relazionali

Chair: Pietro Corrao, Università degli Studi di Palermo (Submitted as a session)

Marcello Pacifico, Università Telematica Pegaso, “Venetians, Genoese and Pisani in the Sicily and Jerusalem Kingdoms in the First Half of the Thirteenth Century”

Benigno Casale, Università "Federico II" Napoli, “The Foreign Presence in Amalfi in the Second Half of the Fifteenth Century:

Gavina Costantino, Università di Palermo, “The Urban Jewish Communities of Sicily between Juridical Subordination and Judiciary Autonomy”

Rosanna Alaggio, University of Molise, “Build the City's Identity: Hagiographic Tales and Myths of Foundation of the Cities of the Kingdom of Sicily”

16. Ways of Living in the Western Mediterranean: Spain (16th-18th centuries)

Chair: María Ángeles Pérez Samper, Universitat de Barcelona (Submitted as a session)

Natalia González Heras, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid , “The House in Madrid: Spaces for Living”

Gloria Franco Rubio, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, “The Origins of the Bourgeois Domesticity”

Inmaculada Arias de Saavedra Alías, Universidad de Granada, “Books and Private Readings in Spain During the Eighteenth Century”

Esther Jiménez Pablo, Universidad de Granada, “The Devotion to Relics in a Religious House During the Ancien Régime: The Monastery of Las Descalzas Reales”

17. Curare il corpo, salvare le anime

Chair: Salvatore Fodal, Emeritus, University of Palermo (Submitted as a session)

Patrizia Sardina, University of Palermo, “Beneficenza e devozione delle nobildonne a Palermo nel Trecento”

Daniela Santoro, University of Palermo, “Prima della riforma: gli ospedali di Palermo nel XIV secolo”

Maria Antonietta Russo, University of Palermo, “Forme devozionali iberiche a Sciacca nel tardo Medioevo”

18. Encounters, Cross-Fertilization and Interplay: What Possible Future for the Mediterranean?

Chair: Marco Marino, Sant'Anna Institute (Submitted as a session)

Domenico Palumbo, Sant'Anna Institute, “Il testamento di Aristotele e il calamaio di Guglielmo”

Bernardo Picichè, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Religious Hybridization in the Ancient Mediterranean as a Model for the Future?”

Marco Marino, Sant'Anna Institute, “A Dual Mediterranean: Body and Soul of a Constant Interplay”
19: Venice as a Composite State: Materiality, Mentality, and Spatiality, c. 1500

Chair: Erin Maglaque, Oxford University (Submitted as a session)

Stephan Sander-Faes, University of Zurich, “The Entangled Adriatic: (Im)material Mobilities and Topographies of Everyday Life in the Sixteenth-Century”

Erin Maglaque , Oxford University, “Mapping the Polity from the Margins and Metropole”

Luca Zenobi, Oxford University, “Composite Borders for a Composite State? Concepts and Practices of Political Spaces on the Terraferma’s Western Frontiers”
20. Methods and Materials of Archaeology I


Agata Kubala, University of Wrocław, “Scenes with Participation of Men and Animals on the So-Called Neo-Hittite Seals”

Helen Dixon, University of Helsinki, “The Changing (and Disappearing?) Faces of Levantine Phoenician Gods”

Semiha Deniz Coşkun , İzmir University, “Tracing the Trajectories of Memory: The Nike of Samothrace”

Ufuk Serin, Middle East Technical University, “Interpreting Heritage: Archaeology and Byzantine Studies in Turkey”

21. The Materiality of Art in the Ancient Mediterranean

Chair: Sally Van Orden, West Chester University

Virginia M. da Costa,West Chester University, “ Materials of Art in the Ancient Mediterranean”

Sally Van Orden, West Chester University, “Mosaics and Encaustics in the Ancient Mediterranean Demonstration”

Joseph Cotter, Penn State, “Sacred Coots: The Phallus Birds of the Ancient Mediterranean”
22. Women and Goddesses in the Greek Mediterranean


Aara Suksi, University of Western Ontario, “Clytemnestra’s Penelope and the Multiple Audiences of Agamemnon 896-974”

Stephen Nimis, Miami University, “Dangerous Migrants: The Phoenician Women and Autochthonous Thebans”

Suna N.Guven , Middle East Technical University, “Promoting Aphrodite and Artemis in Cyprus”

Evy Johanne Håland, Independent researcher, “Women and Religious Rituals in Greece, Ancient and Modern”
23. Methods and Materials of Archaeology II


Sebastian Müller, Busan University of Foreign Studies, “Revisiting the Archaic Cemeteries of Morgantina, Sicily”

Antonina Lo Porto, Soprintendenza del Mare, “La portualità antica di Agrigento tra fonti storiche e rinvenimenti archeologici” (“The Ancient Port System of Agrigento Between Historical Sources and Archaeological Finds”)

Francesca Oliveri, Soprintendenza del Mare, Palermo and M. Palela Toti, Fondazione Whitaker, Mozia, “Beyond Motya... Archival and archaeological evidence about the Persistence of Attendance of the sc Cappiddazzu sanctuary, Motya”

Tziona Grossmark, Tel Hai College, “The Contribution of the Holo-lithic Carnelian Ring from Horvat Omrit to the Study of the Carnelian Trade between India and the Mediterranean During the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period”
22. Reading and Burning Roman Books


Spyridon Tzounakas, University of Cyprus, “Cohortatio-topoi in the Description of the Battle of Actium in Vergil’s Aeneid

Vaios Vaiopoulos, Ionian University, “The Evolution of Elegiac Obsequium: Leander in Heroïdes 18-19”

Daniel Sarefield, Fitchburg State University , “Book Burning in Roman Memory and Representation”

23. Roman Military Cultures


Jaime Gómez de Caso Zuriaga, Colegio de Málaga, “The Tragic Mediterranean Adventure of the Survivors from Romulus’ Army (255 B.C.)”

Darryl Phillips, Connecticut College, “Captive Women and Military Honors in the Principate of Augustus”

Karl Petruso, University of Texas at Arlington, “A Limes Aegypti in the Western Delta? The Defense of Alexandria in Late Antiquity”

24. Language in the Mediterranean


Valerie M. Wilhite, University of the Virgin Islands, “The Ars in Medieval Catalonia: An Amalgam of Mediterranean Language Theories”

Lina Pliško, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula , “Romance Loanwords in the Bedroom”

Riussel Scott Valentino, Indiana University, “On Slavs and Slaves in the Mediterranean”

Ángel Felices-Lago, Universidad De Granada, “A Call Project for Learning English Language through the Multicultural History, Folklore and Artistic Traditions of Granada”
25. Three Ancient Greek Writers


Charles Chiasson, University of Texas at Arlington, “Herodotus in Sicily: The Greek Embassy to Gelon, Tyrant of Syracuse (Histories 7.153-67)”

Miriam Byrd, University of Texas, “Mathematics and ‘Summoning’ in Plato's Republic

Yosef Z. Liebersohn, Bar-Ilan University, “Formal Elements and a Formal Art in Aristotles' Rhetoric

26. Terrorism and the Terrors of War


Rosa A.Perez, Southern Utah University, “Terrorism and Victimization: A Reflection by Michelle Michel-Chich”

Elisa Leahy, Southern Utah University, “On Being French: Magyd Cheri’s Evolving Attachment to France”

Amikam Nachmani, Bar Ilan University, “Rape and War: Mediterranean Civil Wars”

Yehuda U.Blanga, Bar-Ilan University, “ISIS - A Passing Phenomenon or an Existing Entity?”

27. Migration in Historical Perspectives


A. Ebru Akcasu, SOAS, University of London, “Migrants to Citizens: The Muslim Neo-Ottomans of Hamidian Istanbul, 1876-1909”

Niccolò Fattori, Royal Holloway, University of London, “One Migration, Many Migrations: Changes in the Mediterranean World and the Emergence of a Greek Commercial Diaspora”

Ayman Zohry, The Egyptian Society for Migration Studies, “The Arab Uprisings and the Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean”

Michael T. Smith, University of Delaware, “The European Migrant Crisis and Migration Governance: A New Case for Utilizing Global Governance Theory”

28. Urban Planning and Analysis


Shelley Roff, University of Texas at San Antonio, “From Feudal to Civic: A Transformation in Urban Planning in Late Medieval Catalonia”

Tugce Ertan, Izmir Katip Celebi University, “Place of Art for Regenerating Urban Historic Centers: Case of Malaga”

Yakup Egercioglu, Izmir Katip Celebi University, and Burcu Tasci, Izmir Katip Celebi University, “Comparison of Urban Conservation Projects in Historical City Centers: Izmir History Project and Barcelona Raval Urban Regeneration Project”

Mehmet Melih Cin, Izmir Katip Celebi University, “A SWOT Analysis of Urban Development: The Case of Izmir”

29. The Balkans in Longue Durée


Klara Bursic-Matijasic, Juraj Dobrila University, and Robert Matijasic, Juraj Dobrila University, “The Archaeology of Coastal Landscape Transformation Between the Roman Conquest and The Romanization in Istria (Croatia)”

Joan Dusa, Independent Scholar, “The Declaration of the Eastern Church Identity by the Serbian King Milutin in the Context of Fourteenth-Century Papal Politics”

Jasna Mijailović, University of Belgrade, “Position of The Serbian Merchants in Trieste During the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries”

30. Politics in Twentieth-Century Italy and the Italian Mediterranean


Peter W.Rose, Miami University of Ohio, “Puccini's Politics”

Luca Orlandi, Istanbul Technical University, “Hermes Balducci (1904-1938) and His Researches on the Eastern Mediterranean Under the Italian Fascist Regime”

Idir Ouahes, University of Exeter, “Masters or Misfits of the Mediterranean? Franco-Italian Strategic Competition in 1920s Syria, Tunisia and Libya”

Stefano Luconi, University of Naples L'Orientale, “Transatlantic Cold Warriors: Italy’s 1976 Parliamentary Elections and the Citizens Alliance for Mediterranean Freedom”
31. Politics in the Arab Mediterranean


Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, United Arab Emirates University, “Arab Mediterraneanism Revisited”

Husam Mohamad, University of Central Oklahoma, “Islamists and Democracy in Arab Politics”

Maha Abdelrahman, University of Cambridge, “Policing Neoliberalism in Egypt: The Rise of the 'Securocratic' State”

Abdelwahab Hechiche, University of South Florida, “Post Arab Spring Challenges to Mediterranean Security: 2011-2016”

32. Ottoman Studies


Guclu Tuluveli, Middle East Technical University, “Community and Control: Social Aspects of Ottoman Cities in the Early Modern Period”

Hiroyuki Ogasawara, Kyushu University, “The Identity and Legitimacy through the Ottoman Genealogical Tree Development”

Stefano Taglia, Oriental Institute, “The Feasibility of Nineteenth-Century Ottomanism According to Ottoman Albanian Ismail Kemal Bey

33. Gender and Sexuality


Thomas Prasch, Washburn University, “Greek Love in the Shadow of Etna: The Decadents and Sicily”

Ralph Heyndels, University of Miami, “Dis / Re – Orientating Sicilian Homo-Erotic Orientalism: Von Gloeden’s Taormina Dreams Revisited by Roland Barthes, Roger Peyrefitte and Guy Hocquenghem”

Ignazia Bartholini, University of Palermo, "‘Social Representations" and ‘Male Domination’ in the Gender Relations of the Mediterranean Area”

34. Mediterranean Tourism


Rosamaria Alibrandi, University of Messina, “Beyond British Waters: The Cultural and Political Iimpact of Visits to Sicily Based on Grand Tour Accounts (XVII-XIX Centuries)”

Aliye Mentes, Oxford Brookes University, “Tourism-led Rural Regeneration in the Eastern Mediterranean: Transition in Rural Lifestyle and Architectural Conservation

Nadya Sbaiti, American University of Beirut , “Constructing and Marketing ‘Lebanon’: Tourism and the Education of History”

35. The Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean

Chair: Regina Mezei

Paul du Quenoy, American University of Beirut, “A Greek in the Service of Russia: Konstantin Bazili as Russian Consul in Beirut, 1839-1853”

Erik de Lange, Utrecht University, “Bombarding Barbary: Security Cooperation on the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean”

Maurizio Lupo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche , “Technological Innovation in a Peripheral Area: Some Considerations about Inventors, Inventions and Patents in the Italian Mezzogiorno During the First Half of the Nineteenth Century”

Bernard Rulof, Maastricht University , “The Village and the State in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean France, or How a Village Mayor Managed to Resist the Centralising State

36. The Mediterranean and Japan


Daniel T. Reff , Ohio State University, “When East Met West: The Japanese Tour and Account of the Escorial (1584)”

Noriko Sato, Pukyong National University, “The Transformation of the Value of Pearl Jewelry”

Yasuko Akiyama, Indiana University , “‘Japan’s Aegean’: Using the Image of the Mediterranean to Promote a Japanese Rural Sea Town”

37. Cinema Studies


Sabine Haenni, Cornell University, “Imagining Migration: On the Cultural Work of Cinema”

Laia Quílez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, “Genre and (Post)memory in Documentary Cinema about the Spanish Civil War and Francoism”

Phillip Drummond, New York University in London, “Sicily in Cinema: Narratives of Place and Intercultural Identity”

38. New Perspectives on Sicily

Chair: Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University (Submitted as a session)

Jung-Ha Kim, Busan University of Foreign Studies, “The Mediterranean Symmetrical Identity: The Case of Sicily”

Claudia Karagoz, Saint Louis University, “Sicily, a Euro-Mediterranean Crossroads: Historical Legacies and Present Challenges”

Pinella Di Gregorio, University of Catania, “Sicily: A Geopolitical Oil Rig in the Mediterranean Sea”
39. Premodern Spanish Literature


Ronald Surtz, Princeton University, “Naming Names in Sanchez de Badajoz's ‘Farsa de los doctores’”

Natalia Perez, University of Southern California, “Death’s Passing: Diego Sanchez de Badajoz’s ‘La farsa de la Muerte’”

Robert John McCaw, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Poetry as Spiritual Journey in Habsburg Spain: Luis de Góngora, Pedro Espinosa, and culteranismo

Maryrica Lottman, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, “Courtesan or Common Whore: Celia's Self-Fashioning in Tirso’s El condenado por desconfiado
40. Bishops, Saints, and Pilgrims in the Premodern Eastern Mediterranean


Justin Stephens, Metropolitan State College, “Chrysostom’s Shadow: The Selection of Bishops in Constantinople, 398-438”

Lidia Chakovskaya, Moscow State University, “The Holy Mountain and the Sacrifice of Isaac: Transitional Images in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Pilgrim Accounts of Jerusalem”

Ilias Giarenis, Ionian University, “Saint Elias the Younger and the Mediterranean: Between Realistic and Imaginary”

Glenn Peers, University of Texas at Austin, “Coexistence or Schism? On a Byzantine Psalter from 1059 (Vaticanus graecus 752)”
41. Ancient Tales and Modern Literatures


Susan O. Shapiro, Utah State University, “‘La Sirena’: Lampedusa on Greek Literature and Immortality”

Francesca Sensini, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, “The Woman from Eresos and the Others: Female Mediterranean Characters in the Convivial Poems by Giovanni Pascoli

Perolino Ugo, Università "G. D'Annunzio", “The Myths of Mediterranean in the Last Novel by Pier Paolo Pasolini: Petrolio and the Argonautica

Feridun Gündeş, Middle East Technical University, “Ancient Texts in the Works of Mahfouz and Pasolini”
42. Early Modern Literatures


Petra Aigner, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture, Celio Calcagnini’s Dialogus. Galatea, Melene, Proteus

Sheila Cavanagh, Emory University, “‘The Island of Love’: Cyprus as Creator and Disruptor of Domestic Space in Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania

Bernadette Andrea, University of Texas at San Antonio, “From London to Lepanto: The Mediterranean Turn in Mary Wroth’s The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania (1621)”

Gorana Stepanic, Juraj Dobrila University, “‘Patria’ Between Vienna and the Adriatic: The Concept of Home and Homeland in the Latin Verse Epistolary of Paulus Ritter Vitezović (1652-1713)

43. Medieval Sicily


Karen Pinto, Boise State University, “Sicily: Lynchpin of Medieval Islamic Maps of the Mediterranean”

Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja, Independent Scholar, “Symbolic and Aesthetic Hierarchy of the Arab-Norman Monreale Cloister Capitals”

Stephen P.Bensch, Swarthmore College, “The Counts of Empúries and King Frederic III of Sicily”

Jack Goodman , Western Michigan University “Slaves as Capital Investments: The Value of Slaves in Fourteenth-century Palermo”
44. Four Painters


Daniel Guernsey, Florida International University, “Vesuvius and the Decline of Civilization in Eugène Delacroix's ‘The Death of Pliny the Elder’”

Andrew Marvick, Southern Utah University, “Seduction/Reduction: Mediterranean Crisis Points in the Art of Nicolas de Staël”

Erin Larkin, Southern Connecticut State University, “Futurist Vision for the Fascist State: Benedetta’s ‘Sintesi delle comunicazioni’ at Palermo’s Palazzo delle Poste”

Antonis Danos , Cyprus University of Technology, “Georghios Pol. Georghiou: Artistic Cosmopolitanism and Hybridity in a Mediterranean Colonial Periphery. Fulfilling Expectations at Home and Abroad
45. Contemporary Artists


Priscilla Smith , University of Delaware, “The Art of Fire”

Ayse Nur Erek , Yeditepe University, “Urbanization and Visual Arts in Contemporary Istanbul”

David Alvarez , Grand Valley State University, “Cross-Mediterranean Migration in Dire Straits: Dystopian Visions and Critical Utopianism in Francis Alÿs's Installation-Event at the Strait of Gibraltar”

Claudia Esposito, University of Massachusetts, Boston, “Images, Symbols and Representation: Picturing Emigration in the Visual Arts”
46. Mediterranean Pluralisms


Giampaolo Salice, University of Cagliari, “The Greek colony of the British Minorca (1745-1756)”

Pamela Dorn Sezgin, University of North Georgia, “Mediterranean Paradigms in the Marmara Sea: The Princes’ Islands as Outposts of Cosmopolitanism”

William Zammit, University of Malta, “Conviction or convenience? Protestant Mediterranean Fleets and Conversions to Catholicism in Early Modern Malta”

Mesut Yegen, Istanbul Sehir University, “Ethnicity, Religiosity and Political Behaviour in Southeastern Turkey”

47. Latin America and the Mediterranean


Ben V. Olguin, University of Texas at San Antonio, “The Mexican Mediterranean: Neo-Orientalist Contact Zones, Imperialist Transculturation, and Latino Soldiering in the Mediterranean, 1939-2015”

Margarita Vargas, University at Buffalo, “Socio-Political and Aesthetic Presence of Italians in Spanish-American Drama”

Kirsten F. Nigro, University of Texas at El Paso, “From Optimism to Cynicism: The Italian Immigrant Experience in Two Argentine Plays”

48. Premodern Spain and the Spanish Mediterranean


Fatima Regina Fernandes, Universidade Federal do Paraná / CNPq, “The Mobility of the Nobles in the Medieval Iberian Context”

Yoshihiko Ito, Tokai University, “Roles of the Clergy in the Urbanism of Medieval and Early Modern City of León”

Lavinia Gazze, University of Catania, “The Veterans of the Wars of Charles V in Sicily”

Thomas C. Devaney, University of Helsinki / University of Rochester, “Sensual Pilgrimage: Sights, Sounds, and Emotions at Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza”
50. Philosophy, Religion, and Astrology


Lorena Miralles-Maciá, University of Granada, “Rabbinic Parables on Soul and Body: Who is Responsible for Sin?”

Jeremy Byrd, Tarrant County College, Practical Pyrrhonism

Mary-Helen McMurran, University of Western Ontario, “Pythagoras’s Transmigrations Circa 1700”

Cássio da Silva Fernandes, Federal University of São Paulo, “From Mediterranean world to Northern Europe: The Great Migratory Route in Astrological Studies of Aby Warburg”
51. Women and Gender in the Modern Mediterranean


Catherine Batruni, American University of Beirut, “On the Cusp of Modernity: Lebanese Women in the Independence and Post-Independence Era”

Yasmin Shafei , American University in Beirut, “Liberating the Liberated: A History of the Feminist Movement in Egypt”

Francisca López, Bates College, “Memorias mediadas: Pasado, género y novella

52. Politics in the Middle East and North Africa


Ana Torres-Garcia, Universidad de Sevilla, “US Policy and the Impact of the 1967 War in the Western Mediterranean

Giulia Daniele , University of East London / Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), “Heterogeneous Social and Political Movements inside Israel: From Analytical Perspectives to Everyday Political Practices”

Efrat Aviv, Bar Ilan University, “The Efraim Elrom Affair and Israel-Turkey Relations”

53. Experiences of Mediterranean Space


Michael North, University of Greifswald, “The Sea as Realm of Memory: The Straits of Gibraltar and the Dardanelles”

Silvia Ruzzi, Humboldt University, “Literary perspectives on the Mediterranean Sea as a B/order Space”

Giuseppe Verde, Università di Palermo, “Evolution of Rural Architecture in Western Sicily”

Emre Ergul, Izmir University of Economics, “Multifamily Houses and the Change of Family Type in Bolvadin.”
54. Four Forms of Mediterranean Art: Poetry, Painting, Puppetry, and Music


Barbara J. Watts, Florida International University, “Measuring the Abyss and Dante’s Journey Through It: Antonio Manetti and Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Chart of Hell’”

Rose Facchini, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, “A Comparison of Leadership in Dante’s La Divina Commedia

Philip Parisi, Utah State University, “Sicilian Puppet Theater: Origins and Diffusion of a Told Tradition”

Serife Güvençoğlu, Istanbul Technical University, Turkish Music Conservatory, “The Piano of Turkish Music: Tanbur”

55. The Art of the Novel I


John Watkins, University of Minnesota, “Peacemaking, Interdynastic Marriage, and the Rise of the French Novel”

James P. Gilroy, University of Denver, “Transgression and Redemption in Zola's Mouret Novels”

José Luis Galiano Guzmán, University of Granada, “Translating the Novel Blonzhende Shteren (Wandering Stars) by Sholem Aleichem from Yiddishkeit into Spanish Mediterranean Culture

William K.Freiert, Gustavus Adolphus College, “Greek Myth as Structure in early Thomas Pynchon”
56. The Art of the Novel II


Louis Bousquet, University of Hawaii at Manoa, “Muslim Augustus for Atheist Homunculus”

Iman Hamdy, “American University in Cairo, “Rising Trends in Egyptian Fiction: Toward a More Realistic Representation of Copts

Ruth Roded, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “From Mercy to Maternal Womb: A ‘Purely Fictional’ Franco-Moroccan Novel about the Prophet Muhammad”

57. Public Health, Control and Cultures of Plague in Early Modern Sicily

Chair: Rossella Cancila, University of Palermo

Rosella Cancilla, University of Palermo, “Plague and Public Health in Renaissance Palermo”

Nicola Cusumano, University of Palermo, “Cultures of Plague and medical experience in Early Modern Sicily (1575-1624)”

Valentina Favarò, University of Palermo,” The Control of Plague in the Mediterranean borders (Seventeenth Century)”

Daniele Palermo, University of Palermo, “The Health Office in Eighteenth-Century Sicily”

58. Rhetorics, Networks, and Bodies


Michelle Bolduc, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Brunetto Latini in Jean Paulhan’s Twentieth-Century Rhetoric: A Modern Translatio?” (Eihter medieval or modern.)

Maria Giuseppina Mazzola University of Palermo, “Intrecci mediterranei” (“Mediterranean Plots”)

Violeta Moretti, Juraj Dobrila University, “Patrons, Friends and Adversaries – Paulus Ritter's (1652-1713) Epistolary Networks in the Context of Feudal Communication”

Lawrence de Looze, University of Western Ontario, “Body and Book in the Fifteenth-Century Spanish Cárcel de amor

59: The Ancient Greek World


Nalin Ranasinghe, Assumption College, “The Confessions of Odysseus and the Three Songs of Demodokus"

Kalomira Mataranga, Ionian University, “The Saga of the Spartan Kleandridas: ‘Traitor’ or ‘hero’?”

Andrews Nancy E., College of the Holy Cross, “The Poetics of Mount Etna”

Antonio Bertini, Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies – CNR, “The Greeks in the Gulf of Naples”

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