Movement and Mobility in the Medieval Mediterranean (6th – 15th centuries)
The sixth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (SMM) will take place in Barcelona, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), from Monday 8th July (afternoon) to Thursday 11th July 2019 (lunch time). An optional excursion for attendees will be available on Friday 12th July.
The conference will be dedicated to the memory of the former president of the Society, Professor Simon Barton.
The theme of the conference is “Movement and Mobility in the Medieval Mediterranean (6th – 15th centuries)”.
The keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Petra Sijpesteijn (University of Leiden), 8th July 2019, and Professor Amy Remensnyder (Brown University), 10th July 2019.
The medieval Mediterranean was not a static maritime space. In recent years, studies have focused on Mediterranean dynamics, connections, encounters and entanglements. What approaches do researches from History, Literature, Archaeology, Philology and other disciplines adopt to better understand the complexity of the medieval Mediterranean? How and to what extent did multiple agents, phenomena and factors interact to shape and intertwine the multidimensional spheres of the Mediterranean? We welcome papers from all disciplines that study movement and mobility from different perspectives in and across the medieval Mediterranean and its extensions, both physical and imagined. This theme invites a variety of lines of inquiry, a number of which are suggested below.
Topics of the conference could include, but are by no means limited to: