The Mediterranean at the Center the Medieval West
“The Mediterranean at the Center the Medieval West” (7-9 March: Philadelphia)
Papers are being sought for sessions on “The Mediterranean at the Center the Medieval West," to be proposed by the Mediterranean Seminar for the 94th annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America on the theme of "the Global Middle Ages," to be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 7-9 March 2019.
“The West” can no longer regarded simply as the particular manifestation of western European Christian cultures and societies born of autochthonous influences, and in opposition to Islamic, Jewish and Christian societies of Europe, Africa and Western Asia. Rather it should be seen in the Middle Ages as broad cultural sphere extending from the Indus to the Atlantic and the Subsaharan to the European north — a region in which during the Middle Ages the Mediterranean was the locus of the most important processes of acculturation, innovation and exchange.
We are seeking papers in any appropriate discipline, including but not limited to art history, literary and cultural studies, musicology, and political, intellectual, social or economic history, relating to the role of the Mediterranean as a theater for the historical processes of the pre-Modern period that shaped western cultures and societies. Papers may discuss case studies, broader trends, or methodologies. Papers with comparative, theoretical and revisionary perspectives are particularly welcome.
Proposals must be submitted by 10 June 2018 via the following link:
Information required includes:
• Status as MAA member
• Professional Status (position, department, institution)
• Email address
• City, state, and country
• Phone number
• Paper or presentation title
• Abstract or description (up to 250 words)
• Biographical paragraph (not a short CV) (up to 250 words)
• Audiovisual needs, if any
• Website (optional)
After submitting the form, please send an email to Brian Catlos and Sharon Kinoshita at The Mediterranean Seminar (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive a confirmation of receipt.
The same address may be used for any inquiries.
Presenters must be members of the Medieval Academy of America or provide a rationalization as to why their field would not traditionally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.
Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs, registration, and other expense; the Mediterranean Seminar regrets that it cannot provide assistance in this regard.