Gendering the Mediterranean – Winter 2013

Winter 2013 Mediterranean Studies MRP Workshop: Gendering the Mediterranean

Saturday, 2 February • Royce Hall Room 306, UC Los Angeles


9:30-10:00 AM Registration/Coffee

10:00-10:30 AM Introduction: Brian Catlos and Sharon Kinoshita

10:30-11:40 AM Lucia Carminati, Graduate Student, Middle Eastern-North African Studies, (University of Arizona)
“Egypt 1919: Working-class Cosmopolitanism and Shifting Boundaries of Belonging”

11:40-11:50 AM Break

11:50 AM-1:00 PM Erith Jaffe-Berg, Theatre, (University of California, Riverside)
“Mediterranean Cartographies of Women in Commedia dell’ Arte: 1500-1700”

1:00-2:00 PM Lunch

2:00-3:10 PM Carol Lansing, History, (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Rape and Captivity in the Central Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages”

3:10-3:30 PM Coffee break

3:30-5:00 PM Keynote Lecture: Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University)
“Gender, Geography, and the Imagining of the Mediterranean”

5:00-5:30 PM Concluding remarks

5:30-6:00 PM Reception



Winter 2013 Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Ahmanson Conference

Thursday, 31 January – Friday, 1 February • UC Los Angeles


“Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean”
Thursday, January 31 – Friday, February 1, 2013


Throughout the medieval and early modern periods, contact zones of trade, translation, coexistence, and intellectual exchange flourished episodically in Muslim occupied Spain, the kingdoms of al-Andalus, Sicily, the Levant, Byzantium, southeastern Europe, and Arabic Persia. They provide opportunity for the study of interlingual communication, economic and cultural trade, political, military and philosophical conflict and conquest, and cultural and religious negotiation. The facility with which ideas and technologies traversed the Mediterranean is testament to the commonalities underlying the apparently dramatic contrasts between linguistic, ethnic, and religious groups. This conference, organized by Professors Chris Chism (English, UCLA), Sharon Gerstel (Art History, UCLA), Teofilo Ruiz (History, UCLA), and Zrinka Stahuljak (French & Francophone Studies, UCLA), brings together an international array of authorities in the field of Mediterranean Studies to delineate multicultural modelsin the Mediterranean and its surrounding transcontinental circuits, to see how they negotiate difference over time and across various cultural and political divides.

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