Mediterranean Studies Association

International Congress

2008, Lüneburg


NOTE: These sessions are not in any particular order, except that the first 6 sessions were proposed as complete sessions and cannot be changed. All other sessions have been formed by the program committee. Please make sure your paper is here; make sure your name is spelled correctly; make sure we have the correct university; and make sure your paper title is correct. If you are giving your paper in a language different from that indicated in the session, please give us the paper title in the correct language. If you have suggestions for changes, please let us know. However, also be aware that as people withdraw and a few more papers are added, that sessions will change. Some sessions will disappear and new ones will be created. We will try to accommodate your requests, but also please understand that if we move your paper to a different session, we must move someone else out of that session. But if you believe your paper is not appropriate for the session in which it has been placed please let us know. If you would be willing to chair a specific session please let us know. Send all changes to Richard Clement


Corrections will be made to the master document, but NOT to this web page.


By about April 15, these corrected sessions will be organized into the program which will be made available on this web site.


REMEMBER: If you have not registered by April 15, YOUR PAPER WILL BE REMOVED from the program.


  1. Shakespeare, Mediterranean, and the Baroque

Chair: Robert E. Bjork, Arizona State University, Tempe

“Shakespeare’s Othello, Caravaggio, and the Edge of Darkness”

Susan O. Shapiro, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“The Mythic Journey in Othello: Embodied and Disembodied Selves in Shakespeare and Joseph Campbell.”

Richard Raspa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

“Shakespeare’s Letters: Troilus and Cressida

David Bergeron, University of Kansas, Lawrence


  1. English Drama and the Mediterranean World

Chair: Susan O. Shapiro, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“‘His Nature is too Noble for the World’: Action and Speech as Roman Identity in Julius Caesar and Coriolanus.

Brian Harries, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“Revisiting the Custom of the Country, Fletcher, Massinger, and Cervantes”

Mary Dudy Bjork, Arizona State University, West, Phoenix

“Shakespeare and the Cinema: The Tempest as Cinematic Cipher of the Mediterranean”

Phillip Drummond, New York University in London, UK


  1. Ottoman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture


Being a Gypsy in the Ottoman Empire”

Emine Dingeç, Dumlupinar University, Kütahya, Turkey

“Import of Foreign Employees as a Technology Transfer Policy of the Ottoman Empire”

Rahmi Deniz Ozbay, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

The Economic History of Pax Ottomana

Yasar Bulbul, Kocaeli University, Turkey

“War and Civilian Casualties in Islam and the Ottoman Practices”

Bulent Ozdemir, Balikesir University, Turkey


  1. Getting Personal with Artists and Their Artworks: A Session to Honor Marilyn Stokstad


“From the Trenches, or How I Learned to Question Contemporary Conventions and Embrace My Inner Julia Roberts”

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, New York Arts Exchange

“Close Encounters with Antonio del Castillo”

Mindy Nancarrow, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

“Cryptic Encounters”

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

Commentator: Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas, Lawrence


  1. Imagining and Building Communities: Towns and Identity in the Hispanic Kingdoms in the Middle Ages

Chair: José Antonio Jara Fuente, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain

“Power and fiscality, dividing the social body and rebuilding the community: direct taxation as an instrument of social coercion and cohesion”

José Antonio Jara Fuente

“The Converso community: Forging an identity among Jewish converts in the Kingdom of Aragon”

Juan Antonio Barrio Barrio, University of Alicante, Spain

“Fiscality in a frontier area: Albacete between the XIIIth and the XVth centuries”

David Igual Luis, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain

“Nobility and Urban Elites: Building Common Identities, Opposing Different Marks of Identification in Fifteenth-Century Castile”

Yolanda Guerrero Navarrete, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


  1. Music and Dance


“Poulenc's ‘Tel Jour, Telle Nuit’: A Pianist's Perspective”

Juan La Manna, State University of New York Oswego

“Poulenc's ‘Tel Jour, Telle Nuit’: A Singer's Perspective”

Todd Graber, State University of New York Oswego

Barefoot in Berlin; Isadora Duncan’s Early Career in Europe”

Ligia Ravenna Pinheiro, Wittenberg University, Ohio


  1. Spanish Literature


“Traducción y siglo XVI: Petrarca y Ariosto

Roxana Recio, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

“Ilustración, economía y relaciones hispano-portuguesas en Viajes por la América meridional de Félix de Azara”

Enrique Rodrigo, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

“Beyond Classical Rhetoric: Revisiting Juan Manuel’s Treatises Inner Sprache

Carmen Benito-Vessels, University of Maryland, College Park


  1. Greek Literature, Philosophy, and Medicine


“Africa as the New Ithaca: In N. Kazantzakis' Odyssey

Christos C. Evangeliou, Towson University, Maryland

The Platonic Tradition in Philosophy and Poetry of Russian Symbolism”

Lilia Castle, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii

“Disease and Transmissibility in the Ancient World: the Triumph of the Common Sense”

Vaios Vaiopoulos, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

“Refuting Polytheism: Shared Premises between the Daimon and the Demon”

Isha Gamlath, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka


  1. Portuguese History


Noble Brothers-in-Law in Love during the Reign of João IV (1640-1656)”

Francis A. Dutra, University of California, Santa Barbara

“The Language of Religious Contestation in Late Eighteenth-Century Portugal: Blasphemy and Propositions Denounced to the Lisbon Inquisition” 

David Higgs, University of Toronto, Canada

“‘An Inconvenient Murder’ Legal Punishment and Noble Prerogative in Early Modern Portugal”

Bill M. Donovan, Loyola College in Maryland

“German Merchant Families and the Porto Wine Trade”

Pedro de Brito, Porto, Portugal


  1. Art and Music


“Bronzino’s Allegory of Good Fortune

Liana Cheney, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Turkish Figures in the European Ceramics”

Gulgun Yilmaz, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey

Relationships between Etruscan and Anatolian Mural Painting in Archaic Period”

Fuat Yilmaz, Ege Üniversitesi Edebiyat, Izmir, Turkey

“Villani-Côrtes’ Pianistic Idiom in His Art Songs: The Influence of Brazilian Popular, Jazz, Folk, and Urban Musical Elements”

Rubia Santos, University of Wyoming, Laramie



  1. Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Chair: Caroline Jewers, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“Heroic Measures: Decoding Medieval Heroes through Medieval Emotion Theory”

Caroline Jewers

“The Transfer of Saints from Eastern to Western Shores of the Mediterranean in Reality, Myth, and Legend”

Mary M. Rowan, Brooklyn College, New York

“Jacques Cartier and Jean de Lery: Two Narrators of Difference”

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


  1. Archeology and Architecture


“Making Byzantium Accessible: Reinterpretation and Representation of Byzantine Archaeological Sites in Turkey”

Ufuk Serin, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

“Some Observations on the Thracian Castle in Eastern Thrace”

İsmail Hakkı Kurtuluş, Trakya Üniversity, Edirne, Turkey

“The Architecture of Houses in a Transitional Region in the Case of Datça Peninsula”

Emre Ergul, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

“French Colonial Architectural Representation: Algiers Speaks Architecture (1830-1930)”

Kahina Amal Djiar, Polytechnic School of Architecture and Urbanism, Algiers, Algeria


  1. Language and Linguistics


“Algerian Women’s Linguistic Attitudes and Sexual Taboos: a Sociolinguistic”

Mebtouche Nedjai Fatma zohra, University of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria

“Tango: Narrative Art in Lunfardo”

Anita Herzfeld, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“The Phenomena of Negative Polarity in Modern Greek and Romance Languages”

Anna Maria Margatiti, University of Patras, Greece

Axiological Analysis of Job Offers in the Contemporary Spanish Press: A Sample from El País

Angel Felices, University of Granada, Spain


  1. Turkish Music


“A Good Example of Turkish Music Forms: ‘Mevlevi Ceremonies (Ayin-i Şerif)’”

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

“Periodic Analysis of Şarki Form in Turkish Music”

Nermin Kaygusuz and Fatma Gökdel, Istanbul Technical University, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Turkey

“Nakis in Turkish Music”

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


  1. Literature


“When Ken Met George: Propaganda and Historical Memory in Homage to Catalonia and Land and Freedom”

Kevin Foster, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

“Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland, hola Mallorca: A Mallorquin Heimat”

Petra M. Bagley, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

“Transgressions in Assia Djebar's Writing: Being, Space and Women’s Bodies”

Louisa Matmati, University of Kansas, Lawrence


  1. 20th Century History I


“The United States and a Mediterranean Fratricide Conflict: The Italian-Greek War, 1940-1941”

Gianluca Borzoni, University of Cagliari, Italy

“Fascism and Civil War in Southern Europe: 1943-1945 Italy in Comparative Perspective”

Philip Minehan, International Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

“The Commemoration of the Spanish Civil War in Contemporary Spain”

Lorraine Ryan, University of Limerick, Ireland


  1. 20th Century History II


“The German Revolution of 1918: Sailors’ Revolt or Admirals' Mutiny?”

Edmund Clingan, City University of New York

“Turkey’s Library System and Translation of Worldwide Classical Literature Policy: The Impact of Refugees from Nazism”

Arnold Reisman, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

“Old Allies, New Enemies: Immigration and the Relationship between Germany and the Mediterranean World 1960-1975”

Alexander Clarkson, King’s College, London, UK

“The Conversion to Islamic Activism: The Case of the Tunisian Islamic Movement al-Nahda”

Maryam Ben Salem, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France


  1. Ancient and Medieval History


“The Guardians of the Ionian Sea: Korkyra, Cephallenia, Zakynthos (5th to 4th B.C.)”

Kalomira Mataranga, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

“‘Mare nostrum’ vs. ‘al-bahr al-ausat’? The Roman and Arab Conquest of the Mediterranean Sea and Its Neighboring Countries”

Jens Scheiner, University of Hamburg

“Pope Formosus and Hamburg-Bremen”

William S. Monroe, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

“The Place of Central and Eastern Europe on the Cultural Map of the Continent: The Cyrillo-Methodian Church in the Middle Ages”

Ryszard Grzesik, Institute for Slavistics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan


  1. Medieval and Renaissance History


“The Establishment of the Poor Clares in 13th-Century Rome: The Cases of S. Cosimato (1234) and S. Silvestro in Capite (1285)”

Christian-Frederik Felskau, Freie Universität, Berlin     

“The Rise of Ahmed Pesqual:  Muslim Wealth, Power and Prestige in Late Thirteenth-Century Spain”

Isabel O'Connor, Indiana University South Bend

“Entangled communities? Greek-Albanian Colonies in Southern Italy (XVI Century)”

Antonio Stopani, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

“Convents, Conversion and Confines: How to Avoid an Unwanted Marriage in Early Modern Dalmatia”

Eric Dursteller, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah


  1. Renaissance Culture


“Bessarion's Political and Cultural Visions in the 15th century”

Ilias Giarenis, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

“Bound with Wond'rous Beauty: Eastern Codices in the Library of Federico da Montefeltro”

Ingrid Alexander-Skipnes, University of Stavanger, Norway

“Across Religious and Ethnic Boundaries:  Networks and Spaces in Early Modern Venice”

Stephen Ortega, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

Machiavelli’s Political Modeling”

Waldemar Hanasz, University of Massachusetts Lowell


  1. Early-Modern Spain


“Gomes Eanes de Zurara, Garcia de Resende and Their Impact upon Bartolome de las Casas’ View on African Slavery”

Paul S. Vickery, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

“Elizabethan Ottoman Policy: Containing Philip of Spain”

Thomas P. Martin, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania

“The Recent Discovery of the Diary of Lodewijck Huygens on a Diplomatic Trip from Holland to Spain in 1660-1661”

Robert G. Collmer, Baylor University, Waco, Texas


  1. Mediterranean Perceptions and Relations


“Women’s Fashions in Transition: Ottoman Borderlands and the Anglo-Ottoman Exchange of Costumes”

Onur Inal, University of Arizona, Tucson

Slavic Vigor and Italian Elegance”: Dalmatia in Nineteenth-Century British Travelogue(s)

Jelena Bulić, Croatian Institute for History, Zagreb, Croatia

“Mediterranean Cosmopolitanism and the Law: The Italians of Alexandria, Egypt in the Nineteenth Century”

Elizabeth H. Shlala, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


  1. Philosophy, Literature, and Film


“Miguel de Unamuno and Ortega y Gasset: Two Mediterranean Philosophers Facing the Abyss of Modernity”

Joseph A. Agee, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

“The Concept of Spain in Light of the Phenomenological Idea of Europe”

Stephen Gingerich, Cleveland State University, Ohio

Between Tradition and Modernity: Interdisciplinary Discussion in Mediterranean Cinema”

Meral Özçınar, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Terzioglu, Turkey

“Treacherous Rockers and Prophets Betrayed”

Laurent Mignon, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


  1. Space, Demographics, and Culture


“(Re)Producing the Turk: Demography and Territory in Turkey

Sezai Ozan Zeybek, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

“The Political Culture of the Republic of Cyprus”

Hubert Faustmann, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

“The Spatial and Cultural Transformation in Kumkampi/Istanbul”

Feride Onal, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul


  1. Contemporary Mediterranean


The Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Mediterranean—Implications for International Donor Cooperation”

Thomas Demmelhuber, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

“Partners or Friendly Neighbors? The Evolution of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean from the Euromed Partnership to the European Neighborhood Policy”

Walid Bakhos, University of Montreal, Canada

“Turkey, Greece, Italy and Security in the Mediterranean Area”

Vladislav B. Sotirovic, Vilnius University, Lithuania