Excavating the Mediterranean – Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Mediterranean Studies MRP Workshop: Excavating the Mediterranean

Friday, 9 November • McCune Conference Room, UC Santa Barbara
The McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building


9:00-9:30 AM Coffee/Registration

9:30-10:00 AM Introduction

10:00-11:15 AM Workshop paper 1: Luca Zavagno (Visiting Research Fellow, Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Center, Princeton)
“Two Hegemonies, One Island: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads (650-850 A.D.)”

11:15 AM-12:30 PM Workshop paper 2: Nikki Malain (Graduate Student, History, UC Santa Barbara)
“Predators and praeda: The Logistics of Piracy in the Twelfth-century Mediterranean”

12:30-1:30 PMLunch

1:30-2:45 PM Workshop paper 3: Karen R. Mathews (Research Assistant Professor, Art & Art History, University of Miami)
“Anxiety of Origins: Shifting Conceptions of the Past in Genoese Historical Chronicles and Civic Architecture of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries”

2:45-3:00 PMCoffee Break

3:00-4:15 PM Keynote: Marcus Milwright (Professor, History of Art, University of Victoria, British Columbia)
“Archaeology and the Study of Traditional Urban Crafts in the Islamic Mediterranean”

Marcus Milwright is a professor in the Department of History in Art, University of Victoria. He received his doctorate in 1999 from the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. His research interests include the art and archaeology of the Islamic Middle East, labour and craft practices in the urban environment, and cross-cultural contacts in the Medieval Mediterranean. He has published two books, The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1650) (Brill, 2008) and An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). He is currently working on a history of the balsam gardens of Matariyya in Egypt and a study of the Umayyad mosaic inscriptions in the Dome of the Rock.

4:15-4:30 PM Closing Comments

4:30-5:00 PM Reception

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Edward English at english@history.ucsb.edu.