Genoa, Columbus & the Mediterranean

 

9th Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association

 

Università di Genova

May 24-27, 2006

 

 For Abstracts click HERE

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Wednesday, May 24

 

Optional excursion

9:00 – 3:00

Walking-tour of Genoa (pre-registration required).

 

Università di Genova

5:00 – 6:00 Registration

 

6:00 Opening Session, Aula Magna

 

7:00 Concert, Aula Magna

A South-American Musical Soirée / Una Notte Musicale dalla SudAmerica

 

Le Grand Tango per violoncello e piano forte, Astor Piazzola (1921-1992)

Elizabeth La Manna, violoncello

Juan Francisco La Manna, piano

 

Dansa Negra, M. Camargo Guarnieri   (1907-1993)

Ponteio 49, M. Camargo Guarnieri

Milonga, Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)

A Brazilian Tango and a Choro, Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)

Escorregando

Odeon

Apanhei-te Cavaquinho

Valsa No. 1, Lina Pires de Campos (1918-2003)

From Ciclo Nordestino 3, Marlos Nobre (b. 1939)

Capoeira

Candomblé

Rúbia Souza Santos, piano

 

Ave Maria, Antonio Carlos Gomes (1836-1896)

Serenata de un moro, Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920)

Azulão, M. Camargo Guarnieri

From Five Poems by Alice

E agora … só me resta a minha voz

Não posso mais esconder que te amo

Embolada, Lina Pires de Campos

Engenho Novo, Ernani Braga (1888-1948)

Melanie Ohm, soprano

Rúbia Souza Santos, piano

 

8:00  Reception hosted by Università di Genova

 

Thursday, May 25

Università di Genova (all sessions will be held at the University)

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee

 

9:00 – 11:00

 

1A. (Aula 1) “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” Writing the Encounter of Old World and New World

Chair: Susan L. Rosenstreich, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York

“Mapping the New World Body: Early Transpositions of Medieval Monstrosity”

Lynn Ramey, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

“Piri Reis’ New World: Columbus, the Mediterranean and the Ottomans”

Pascale Barthe, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

“German in Early Modern Transatlantic Studies

Dwight E. Raak Ten Huisen, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

1B. (Aula 2) Medieval History I

Chair: Jo Ann McNamara, Hunter College, New York

“Ibn Khaldun and the Mediterranean World: Mediterranean North/Mediterranean South?

Clara Estow, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Cross-Cutting Circles: Medieval Mediterranean Muslim Minorities”

Brian A. Catlos, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Genoese-Mallorcan Relation in the Thirteenth Century”

Larry J. Simon, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

“Discourses on Money and Monetary Management in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean: A Comparative Study of Islamic and Latin Scholars”

Olivia Orozco, European University Institute, Florence

 

1C. (Aula 6) Rock Steady or Hanging Boulder? Turkey’s Precarious Geopolitics in the Mediterranean

Chair: Nevin Ates, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

“The Cultural Geopolitics of Being Mediterranean”

Galip B. Isen, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

“Geostrategy Never Dies: Turkey’s Newly Acquired Position in the Middle East and

Eastern Mediterranean”

Ulke Aribogan, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

“Where Did the Boot Step and Where Did it Stop? Turkish-Italian Tension and Contention in the Mediterranean during the Mussolini Era”

Hilal Akgul, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

 

1D. (Aula Magna) Borders and Interpretations of the Mediterranean

Chair: Maria Antonietta Mariani, Centre for Social Studies, Rome

“Quando i segni non hanno più senso: L’Ulisse senza risorse negli schemi di identità e perdita del sé: In margine a Itaca per sempre di Luigi Malerba”

Rita Venturi, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

“Utopia and Shifting Space”

Maria Antonietta Mariani

“Prime Considerazioni sull’immagine di Cristoforo Colombo nei siti web e nel manuali

scolastici italiani”

Luciano Gallinari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Cagliari

 

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

 

Thursday 11:15 – 1:15

 

2A. (Aula 1) Ex-Patriots Residing in Italy, 1920-1950

Chair: Elizabeth Mathias, St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York

“Sounds of Sardinian Shepherds’ Oral Poetry: Ethnographic Insights from D. H. Lawrence in the Field”

Elizabeth Mathias

“Representing the Other in D. H. Lawrence’s Italian Travel Literature”

Antonio Traficante, Concordia University College of Alberta, and Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Canada

“Outsider Artist Leonardo ‘Diobello’ Sileo”

Moyra Byrne, Washington, DC

 

2B. (Aula 2) A Bridge to the 21st Century: Italian Writers from the 1950s to Today

Chair: Giose Rimanelli, State University of New York at Albany

“The Language of the Night: The Journal AltroVerso and the Creation of an Alternative Literature”

Luigi Bonaffini, Brooklyn College, New York

“A Mediterranean Writer Confronting a New Reality: Giose Rimanelli’s Benedetta in

Guysterland

Sheryl Lynn Postman, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

 

2C. (Aula 6) Shakespeare’s Britain: Interplay of Spaces

Chair: Geraldo U. de Sousa, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“‘Into the Wild’ in Shakespeare’s Scotland

Susan O. Shapiro

“Madness in Hamlet

Kenneth Khoury, School of Medicine,University of California, San Diego, and Richard Raspa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Hamlet’s England”

David M. Bergeron, University of Kansas, Lawrence

 

2D. (Aula Magna) Early Modern Mediterranean History

Chair: Heleni Porfyriou, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Conservazione e la Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali, Sezione di Roma

“The Venetians in the Cyclades under Latin, Byzantine and Ottoman Rule, 1204 to 1715”

John Villiers, University of London, UK

 “The Reinvention of an Imperial Past: The Rediscovery and Promotion of the Roman

Italica under the Spanish Habsburgs”

Zeynep Akture, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

Un’Italiana in Algeri: Some Thoughts on Christian Slave Women on the Barbary Coast,

1500-1800”

Robert Davis, Ohio State University, Columbus

“Three Cities on Water: Genoa, Naples, and Venice”

Anna Proudfoot, Oxford Brookes University, UK

 

1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)

 

Thursday 3:00 – 5:00

 

3A. (Aula 1) Ancient World: Greece and Rome

Chair: Susan O. Shapiro, Utah State University, Logan

“Euripides’ Medea: Modern Psychiatry and the Construction of Madness”

Kenneth Khoury, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, and Richard Raspa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

“Catiline, Northern Italy, and the Problems of the Late Republic”

Susan O. Shapiro

“Tibullus in Phaeacia: From an Island in the Middle of the Mediterranean Straight to Elysium”

Vaios Vaiopoulos, Ionion University, Corfu, Greece

“Iasos: A Roman Harbor Town through the Middle Ages in the Light of New Archaeological Evidence”

Ufuk Serin, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

 

3B. (Aula 2) Turkish Music and Folklore

Chair: Nermin Kaygusuz, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

“A Brief History of Turkish Music from the 19th Century to the Present”

Nermin Kaygusuz

“Woman in Turkish Music from Ottoman Period to the Present”

Serife Guvencoglu, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

“Istanbul Meddah Stories”

Seyma Gungor, Istanbul University, Turkey

The Historical Development of the Music and Instruments in Mehter

Zeynep Barut, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

“The Final Techniques of Kemane and the Role of the Kemane Family in Turkish Folk Music”

S. Yücel Açin, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

 

3C. (Aula 6) Medieval History II

Chair: Joan Dusa, Los Angeles, California

“Why Did the Papacy Distrust Stephan Dushan of Serbia?”

Joan Dusa

“Francesc de Cassassaja: A Mediterranean Merchant at the Service of the Kings of Aragon and Sicily”

Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Genovesi a siviglia al tempo di Colombo”

Silvana Fossati Raiteri, Università di Genova

 

3D. (Aula Magna) Mediterranean History II

Chair: Heleni Porfyriou, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Conservazione e la Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali, Sezione di Roma

“When the han Meets the Arcade-Passage: Issues of Discontinuity or Disruption in the Use of Public Space in the Levant”

Heleni Porfyriou

“‘Desiring to Go Learn of Virtue in Italy’: Re-examining Mediterranean Honor Culture through the Activities of Southern French and Italian Nobles, 1580-1635”

Brian Sandberg, European University Institute, Florence

“The New Republic and the Italian Peninsula: A New Appraisal of a Two-Way Mediterranean and Atlantic Network, 1770-1840”

Luca Codignola, Università di Genova

“Mediterranean Problems in the Context of the International Aspects of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939”

Vera Malay, Belgorod State University, Russia

 

Friday, May 26

9:00 – 11:00

 

4A. (Aula 1) The Permeability of the Mediterranean: Reinvention and Self-Discovery in the Northern European Imagination

Chair: Bernardo Piccichè, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Inventing the Post-Columbian World: Italy and America in Montaigne’s Essais

Ayesha Ramachandran, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

“Rossellini’s Naples, or the Reconstruction of Imperfect Italy”

Giuseppe Gazzola, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

“Proust’s Italian Visions”

Johannes Türk, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

 

4B. (Aula 2) Medieval Literatures

Chair: Caroline A. Jewers, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“Lost in Translation: Searching for King Arthur among the Troubadours”

Caroline A. Jewers

A l’alta fantasia qui mancó possa: Dante and the Vision of the Paradiso

Eduardo Fichera, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“Le Cid’s Production of Arabic and the Foreign”

Samuel T. England, University of California, Berkeley

“On the Verge of Romance: Exogamy and Its Discontents in the Poema de mio Cid

Clara Pascual-Argente, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

 

4C. (Aula 6) Music and Culture

Chair: Juan Francisco La Manna, State University of New York at Oswego

“Brazilian Composer M. Camargo Guarnieri: An Overview of His Nationalist Aesthetics through His Piano Solo Works and Art Songs”

Rubia Santos, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

Pulcinella: Massine’s Comedy Ballet”

Ligia R. Pinheiro, Wittenberg University, Ohio

“Stravinsky’s Pulcinella: The Birth of a New Style”

Elizabeth La Manna, State University of New York at Oswego, and Juan Francisco La Manna

 

4D. (Aula Magna) Contemporary Mediterranean Issues

Chair: Ángel Felices Lago, Universidad de Granada, Spain

“Africa in the First Global Economy”

Gwyn Campbell, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

“Past Influences and Modern Prospects for the Specialized Business Language Syllabus: The Case of Spanish

Ángel Felices Lago

The Mediterranean Moat: Portcullis to Paradise?

Jackie Cannon, Oxford Brookes University, UK, and Fernando León Solís, Paisley University, UK

“Bucking the Trend: Spain’s Welcome to Immigrants”

John Naylon, Keele University, UK

 

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

 

Friday 11:15 – 1:15

 

5A. (Aula 1) Franciscan Encounters

Chair: Ronald E. Surtz, Princeton University, New Jersey

“Crociata e Diplomazia nel Mediterraneo del primo Trecento: Il francescano savonese Filippo Brusserio”

Elena Bellomo, Università Cattolica, Milan

“Selling Salvation: Juana de la Cruz (1481-1534) and the Marketing of Indulgenced Franciscan Girdles”

Ronald E. Surtz

“Mediterranean Encounters: Is She a Virgin or a Social Man? Franciscan Sightings of the

Balkan ‘Man-Woman’”

Aleksandra Djajic Horvath, European University Institute, Florence

 

5B. (Aula 2) Mediterranean History III

Chair: Gilbert Fernandez, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville

“The ‘Lingua Franca’ and ‘Consolato del Mare’: The Mediterranean as a Free Space of Contact in the Middle Ages”

Paolo Bernardini, Boston University, Massachusetts

“‘Saper la mente della soa Beatitudine’: Pope Paul II and the Ambassadorial Community in Rome (1464-71)”

Paul M. Dover, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

“Genoa and Lepanto (1571): The Importance of Strong Ships, Faithful Men, and Good Press: The Curious case of Doria, the Question of Corruption and Treachery, and the Challenge of Living Down Prevesa”

Jenny Jordan, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“The Battle of Lepanto (1571): The Sources of Defeat According to Ottoman Archival

Documents”

Onur Yildirim, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

 

5C. (Aula 6) The Reception and Impact of New-World Plants in Spain and Italy

Chair: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of London, UK

“Strange and Horrible Things: Reactions to New World Plants and Dietary Norms in Early Modern Italy

David Gentilcore, University of Leicester, UK

“Wonder Drugs of the New World in Mediterranean Medicine: Sassafras, Sarsaparilla, and Guaiac”

Ken Albala, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

“New-World Drugs and the Mediterranean in the 17th-18th Centuries: Some Aspects of Their Supply, Distribution, and Practical Impact in the Crown of Aragon”

Teresa Hughet Termes, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain

 

5D. (Aula Magna) Italian Art

Chair: Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas

“Sandro Botticelli, Prodigal Piagnone

Barbara Watts, Florida International University, Miami

“Stylistic and Iconographic Considerations: The Lamentation in the Church of San Sepolcro, Milan”

Ellen L. Longsworth, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts

“Correggio Among Ancients and Academicians: Mengs, Ratti and the Construction of 18th Century Criticism”

Maureen Pelta, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Giorgio Vasari’s Mercurial Allegory”

Liana de Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)

 

Friday 3:00 – 5:00

 

6A. (Aula 1) Literature I

Chair: Mary Nicolini, Boston University, Massachusetts

Beurettes’ Autobiographies: Intersectionality in Writing”

Hélène M. Julien, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

“Life as a Muckheap: Becket Reads Leopardi”

Paul Ady, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts

“Silence, Sexuality and Modern Life in Merullo’s Revere Beach Boulevard

Mary Nicolini

 

6B. (Aula 2) Monasteries and Jesuit Missions

Chair: Joan Dusa, Los Angeles, California

“The Presence of Greek and Eastern Monks in the Western European Mediterranean and Central Europe”

Ioannis Panagiotopoulos, University of Athens, Greece

“The Italian Jesuits in Late Sixteenth-Century Japan”

Daniel T. Reff, Ohio State University, Columbus

“The Amazon and the Enlightenment”

Beatriz Helena Domingues, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil

 

6C. (Aula 6) Film and Performance Studies

Chair: Ricardo Bigi de Aquino, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

Il Divismo in Postwar Italian Cinema: The Case of Gina Lollobrigida”

Ricardo Bigi de Aquino

“Frank Capra and Sicily”

Richard Bonanno, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts

“Images of the Utopian Island from Columbus’ Diary and Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Popular Contemporary Cinema”

Patricia Nedelea, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

 

6D. (Aula Magna) Christopher Columbus I

Chair: Ernest Greco, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

“The Delusions of Christopher Columbus”

Joshua B. Stein and Rachel Dannemiller, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

“The Admiral’s Vigil: Fiction and Reality”

M. Isela Chiu, Utah State University, Logan

“The Tropics of Empire in Columbus’s ‘Carta a Luis de Santángel’ (1493)”

Nicolás Wey-Gómez, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

 “History, Heroism, and Spectacle in the Cinematic Representations of Christopher Columbus”

Phillip Drummond, New York University and University of California London Programmes, London, UK

 

Saturday, May 27

9:00 – 11:00

 

7A. (Aula 1) Mediterranean History III

Chair: Enrico Basso, Università di Torino

“Dal Mediterraneo all’Atlantico: la navigazione genovese verso l’Inghilterra nel XV secolo”

Enrico Basso

“I crociati e il mare: pericoli, emozioni e impressioni nei ricordi del Sire de Joinville”

Giuseppe Ligato, Milan

“Il privilegio del re armeno Lewon II ai Genovesi (1288)”

Marco Bais, Università di Bologna

“The Admiral and Carnival”

Carmelina Gugliuzzo, Università di Messina

“Il Consolato della Repubblica Settinsulare (1800-1807) a Genova

Gerassimos Pagratis, University of Athens, Greece

 

7B. (Aula 2) Literature and Theater

Chair: Ricardo Bigi de Aquino, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

“The Emergence of the Professional Actress in Commedia dell’arte

Artemis Preeschl, Utah State University, Logan

“Unmasking Goldoni: Venetian Loyalty in the Reform of the Pantalone Mask”

Janine Sobeck, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

“Italian-American Immigrant Theatre in New York City”

Emelise Aleandri, New York City Department of Education

“Napoleon and Italy in Stendhal’s La Chartreuse de Parme

James P. Gilroy, University of Denver, Colorado

 

7C. (Aula 6) Christopher Columbus II

Chair: Gilbert Fernandez, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville

“Inventing China: Marco Polo in Genoa”

Judy Schaaf, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

“Columbus and Japan”

David Abulafia, Cambridge University, UK

“‘The Grand Khan’ and ‘The Great Mogor’: India and Islam from Columbus to Coryat”

Bindu Malieckal, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

 

7D. (Aula Magna) Esempi di iconografia colombiana a Genova e la loro diffusione internazionale

Chair: Franco Sborgi, Università di Genova

“ Iconografie colombiane tra spazi pubblici e privati a Genova nel Seicento “

Lauro Magnani, Università di Genova

“Esempi di iconografia colombiana a genova e in Liguria tra XIX e XX secolo”

Paola Valenti, Università di Genova

“La diffusione internazionale dell’iconografia colombiana tra XIX e XX secolo”

Franco Sborgi

 

7E. (Aula 3) El humanismo en Iberia y las Américas

Chair: Roxana Recio, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

Carnaval y festividad en la tradición triunfal: Siglos XIV y XV

Roxana Recio

“Los conquistadores como representantes de la providencia divina: los casos de Colón y de Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca”

Enrique Rodrigo, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

“Preguntas y Respuestas en el Cancionero General: un marco para algunas expresiones del humanismo castellano”

Filomena Compagno, Terracina

 

7F. (Aula 4) The Bonds That Fray: Solidarity and Conflict in the World of the Cairo Geniza

Chair and Commentator: Abraham L. Udovitch, Princeton University, New Jersey

“The Local and the Foreigner: The Power and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism in the Eleventh-Century Mediterranean

Jessica L. Goldberg, Stanford University, California

“Etiquette and Its Abuse in Medieval Rabbinic Politics”

Marina Rustow, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

“Port Cities and Pirate States: Conflict and Competition in the World of Indian Ocean Trade”

Roxani Eleni Margariti, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

 

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

 

Saturday 11:15 – 1:15

 

8A. (Aula 1) History of Art

Chair: Liana de Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Honor and Identity in Early Modern European Portraits (1550-1800)”

Virginia M. da Costa, West Chester University, Pennsylvania

“Christopher Columbus and Andrea Doria: The ‘Two Worlds’ of Renaissance Genoa”

George L. Gorse, Pomona College, California

“Stairs as Stage and the Strada Nuova of Genoa”

M. Rebecca Leuchak, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

 

8B. (Aula 2) The Mediterranean Horizon in Italian and Italian-American Cultural Practices

Chair: Norma Bouchard, University of Connecticut, Storrs, and Massimo Lollini, University of Oregon, Eugene

“Il Mediterraneo come ‘altrove’ nell’opera di Claudio Magris”

Andrea Ciccarelli, Indiana University, Bloomington

“The Return of Mediterranean Body-Politics? Old World Father vs. New World Daughter in Josephine Gattuso Hendin’s The Right Thing to Do

Marie Plasse, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts

“L’antico mare perduto di Umberto Saba”

Massimo Lollini

“The Mediterranean Between ‘nóstos’ and ‘éxodos’ in Montale’s Ossi di seppia

Norma Bouchard

 

8C. (Aula 3) Literature II

Chair: R. John McCaw, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

El oro de los sueños y la conquista de América: ¿sueño o pesadilla?”

Elsy Cardona, Saint Louis University, Missouri

“The Formation of a Mediterranean Identity in Don Quixote: Its Expansion to the Americas”

Joanna Courteau, Iowa State University, Ames

“Towards a Transatlantic Concept of Cultural Memory: The Case of Latin American and Spanish Fiction”

Kristian Van Haesendonck, Villanova University, Pennsylvania

“Intricate Passages: Luis de Góngora, Spanish America, and the Poetics of Exile”

R. John McCaw

 

8D. (Aula Magna) Genova e Napoli, due tappe mediterranee nel Grand Tour

Chair: Maurizia Migliorini, Università di Genova

“La città di Genova attraverso le guide e le realzioni di viaggio tra XIX e XX secolo”

Maurizia Migliorini

“Lo sguardo su genova di John Talman”

Antonella Capitanio, Università di Pisa

“Descrizioni della città di Napoli tra XVI e XVIII secolo”

Pasquale Sabbatini, Università di Napoli

 

8E. (Aula 4) Mediterranean History IV

Chair: Francis A. Dutra, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Valladolid: Nexus for English-Spanish Relations in the 16th and 17th Centuries”

Robert G. Collmer, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

“Austrians and Italians in the Portuguese Order of Santiago, 1640-1777”

Francis A. Dutra

 

Afternoon free

 

Saturday 7:30

Closing reception sponsored by MSA, Bristol Palace Hotel