Minorities in the Mediterranean – Winter 2014

Winter 2014 Mediterranean Studies MRP Symposium: Minorities in the Mediterranean

Friday, 7 March • San Francisco State University
Minorities in the Mediterranean Poster (PDF)


10:00-10:30 AM Registration and Coffee

10:30-11:00 AM Welcome
Fred Astren (Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Roundtable I: Opportunities
John Dagenais (Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles)
Michael Hammer (Spanish Program, Foreign Languages and Literatures, San Francisco State University)
Jonathan Ray (Theology, Georgetown University)
Stefan Stantchev (History, Arizona State University)
Megan Williams (History, San Francisco State University)

12:30-1:45 PM Lunch (provided for pre-registered participants only)

1:45-3:15 PM Roundtable II: Assimilation and Exchange
Chair: Shirin Khanmohamadi (Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University)

Jeremy Brown (Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University)
Federica Francesconi (Jewish Studies, University of Oregon)
Paolo Girardelli (History, Boğaziçi University)
Jarbel Rodriguez (History, San Francisco State University)
David Wacks (Romance Languages, University of Oregon)
Valerie Wilhite (Romance Languages, University of Oregon)

3:15-3:45 PM Break

3:45-5:15 PM Roundtable III: Vulnerability
Chair: Emily Gottreich (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley)

Fred Astren (Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University)
Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder / Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz)
Tom Dandelet (History, University of California, Berkeley)
Joshua Holo (Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles)
Slobodan Dan Paich (Artship Foundation, San Francisco)

5:15-6:15 PM Reception


Mediterranean Studies MRP Winter 2014 Workshop: Minorities in the Mediterranean

Saturday, 8 March • San Francisco State University


9:30-10:00 AM Registration

10:00-10:15 AM Introductions: Brian Catlos and Sharon Kinoshita
Co-directors, UC Mediterranean Studies Multicampus Research Project

10:15-11:30 AM Giovanna Montenegro (Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis)
“Do Mediterranean Studies Speak to Latin American Colonial Studies? A Suspected German Lutheran Conquers A Suspected ‘Morisco’ in the Canaries Before Taking On the New World”

11:30-11:45 AM Break

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Dan Selden (Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz)
“Minoritarian Poetics: Ethnicity and Literature in Ptolemaic Alexandria”

1:00-2:00 PM Lunch (provided for pre-registered participants only)

2:00-3:10 PM Jocelyn Sharlet (Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Arabic Poets, Minority/Marginal Religious Affiliations, and Political Power: 500-1000 CE”

3:10-3:30 PM Break

3:30-4:45 PM Keynote Lecture: Stephen Humphreys (History, University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Adapting to the Infidel: the Christian Communities of Syria in the Early Islamic Period”

4:45-5:15 PM Concluding Remarks

5:15-6:00 PM Reception

Minorities in the Mediterranean was sponsored and organized by the Mediterranean Seminar / University of California Multicampus Research Project and San Francisco State University, with generous support from the UC Office of the President, the Departments of Comparative and World Literature, History, Jewish Studies, and the Spanish Program at San Francisco State University, and the Institute for Humanities Research at UC Santa Cruz.