Mediterranean Empires – Fall 2011

Fall 2011 Mediterranean Studies MRP Workshop: Mediterranean Empires

Friday, 28 October • Humanities Bldg. 193, UC Los Angeles


10:00-10:30 AM Coffee/Registration

10:30-11:15 AM Opening Remarks & Introductions

11:15 AM-12:30 AM Workshop Paper: David Wacks (Spanish, University of Oregon)
“Reading Amadís in Constantinople: the Sephardic as Imperial Abject”

12:30-1:30 PM Lunch

1:30-2:25 PM Workshop Paper: Claire Gilbert (History, UCLA)
“Language Liquidity in Empire”

2:45-3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:00-4:15 PM Workshop Paper: Chris Chase-Dunn (Sociology and the Institute for Research on World Systems, UC Riverside), w/ Anthony Roberts, Alexis Alvarez, Kirk Lawrence, and Hiroko Inoue.
“Empire Upsweeps: Semiperipheral Development in the Mediterranean World”

4:15-5:45 PM Featured Scholar: Christophe Picard (History: Université de Paris I)
“The Mediterranean versus the Indian Ocean: Representations of the Seas in Arabic Geography at Bagdad (IXth C.)”

5:45-6:15 PM Concluding Remarks

6:15 PM Reception


Fall 2011 Conference: Rivalry and Rhetoric in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Envisioning Empire in the Old World

Saturday, 29 October • William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2520 Cimarron Street, UC Los Angeles


9:00-9:30 AM Registration/Check-In

9:30-9:45 AM Welcoming and Opening Remarks
Barbara Fuchs, University of California, Los Angeles

9:45-11:00 AM Session I: Ottoman Places and Spaces
Chair: Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles

Palmira Brummett, (University of Tennessee)
“Mapping Trans-Imperial Ottoman Space: Movement, Genre, Temporality, Ethnography of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries”

Giancarlo Casale, (University of Minnesota)
“Rome is Where the Heart Is: Ottoman Humanism and the Politics of Cartography”

11:00-11:15 AM Coffee Break

11:15 AM-12:30 PM Session II: Turkish Lessons
Chair: Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California

Andrew Devereux, (UCLA Ahmanson-Getty Fellow)
“‘[T]he ruin and slaughter of … fellow Christians’: Representations of the French as a Threat to Christendom in Spanish Assertions of Sovereignty in Italy, 1479-1516”

Elizabeth Wright, (University of Georgia)
“Modern War, Ancient Form: Lessons from Lepanto for a Latin Seminar in Post-bellum Granada”

12:30-2:00 PM Lunch

2:00-3:15 PM Session III: Reflections
Chair: Sharon Gerstel, University of California, Los Angeles

Larry Silver, (University of Pennsylvania)
“Europe’s Turkish Nemesis”

Thomas Dandelet, (University of California, Berkeley)
“Imperial Anxiety, the Roman Mirror, and the Neapolitan Academy of the Duke of Medinaceli, 1696-1701”

3:15-3:30 PM Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 PM Session IV: Telling Empire
Chair: Zrinka Stahuljak, (University of California, Los Angeles)

Karla Mallette, (University of Michigan)
“Dialogo dei massimi sistemi: Imperial Languages at the Edge of Empire”

Miguel Martínez, (Williams College)
“A Soldier’s Tale: War, Epic, and Empire in the Habsburg Mediterranean (1550-1560)”

5:00 PM Reception

The Fall Workshop of the Mediterranean Seminar/University of California Multi-Campus Research Project is funded by the UC Office of the President, with the co-sponsorship and support of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (UCLA). Administrative support is provided by the Institute for Humanities Research at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Conference Organized by Barbara Fuchs, University of California, Los Angeles, and sponsored by the UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.