11th Annual
Mediterranean Studies Association
International Congress


Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
May 28 – 31, 2008



Wednesday, May 28


Optional excursion

9:00 – 3:00

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


Glockenhaus, Glockenstr. 1

5:00 – 6:00 Registration

6:00 Opening Session

7:00 Reception hosted by Leuphana Universität Lüneburg



Thursday, May 29

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Rotes Feld Campus, Rotenbleicher Weg 67

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee


Thursday 9:00 – 11:00


1A. Portuguese History

Chair: Bill M. Donovan, Loyola College in Maryland

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

“German Merchant Families and the Porto Wine Trade”

Pedro de Brito, Porto, Portugal


1B. Spanish Literature CANCELED

Chair: Roxana Recio, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

“Traducción y siglo XVI: Petrarca y Ariosto CANCELED

Roxana Recio

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

Enrique Rodrigo, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

“Beyond Classical Rhetoric: Revisiting Juan Manuel’s Treatises Inner Sprache MOVED TO 5C

Carmen Benito-Vessels, University of Maryland, College Park


1B. Medieval and Renaissance Literature MOVED FROM 8C

Chair: Caroline Jewers, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“The Enigma of Ricoldo da Montecroce: Authority, Authorship, and Audience in Religious Polemic”

Larry J. Simon, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

“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


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

Chair: Mindy Nancarrow, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

“Close Encounters with Antonio del Castillo”

Mindy Nancarrow

“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

“Cryptic Encounters”

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

Commentator: Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas, Lawrence


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


Thursday 11:15 – 1:15


2A. 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


2B. Language and Linguistics

Chair: Angel Felices, University of Granada, Spain

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

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 Margariti, University of Patras, Greece

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

Angel Felices


2C. Shakespeare, Mediterranean, and the Baroque

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

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

Geraldo U. de Sousa, 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 M. Bergeron, University of Kansas, Lawrence


1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)


Thursday 3:00 – 5:00


3A. Ancient and Medieval History

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

“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

“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


3B. Demographics, Traditions, and Popular Culture

Chair: Gilbert Fernandez, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville

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

Sezai Ozan Zeybek, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Between Tradition and Modernity: Interdisciplinary Discussion in Mediterranean Cinema”

Meral Özçınar, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Terzioglu, Turkey

“Defining ‘The Mediterranean’: An Analysis of Etiquette and Behavior”

Hanna Nolze and Steffi Hobuss, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

“Treacherous Rockers and Prophets Betrayed”

Laurent Mignon, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


3C. English Drama and the Mediterranean World

Chair: Geraldo U. de Sousa, 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




Friday, May 30

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Rotes Feld Campus, Rotenbleicher Weg 67


Friday 9:00 – 11:00


4A. Mediterranean Perceptions and Relations

Chair: Jelena Bulić, Croatian Institute for History, Zagreb, Croatia

“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

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

Elizabeth H. Shlala, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


4B. Renaissance Culture

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

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

Isabel O’Connor, Indiana University South Bend

 “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


4C. Archeology and Architecture

Chair: Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“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


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


Friday 11:15 – 1:15


5A. Greek Literature, Philosophy, and Medicine

Chair: Vaios Vaiopoulos, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

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

Christos C. Evangeliou CANCELED

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

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

Isha Gamlath, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka


5B. Art and Music

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

“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


5C. Medieval and Early-Modern Spain

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

Al-Andalus: The Meeting Place of Three Cultures”

Ingrid Classen-Bauer, Leuphana University Lüneburg CANCELED

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

Carmen Benito-Vessels, University of Maryland, College Park

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

Paul S. Vickery

“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


5D. 20th Century History

Chair: Jo Ann McNamara, Hunter College, New York

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

Edmund Clingan, City University of New York

“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


1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)


Friday 3:00 – 5:00

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Scharnhorstrasse Campus, Building 16, Room 310


6. Music and Dance: A Performance Session

Chair: Ligia Ravenna Pinheiro, Wittenberg University, Ohio

“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




Saturday, May 31

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Rotes Feld Campus, Rotenbleicher Weg 67


Saturday 9:00 – 11:00


7A. Ottoman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture

Chair: Bulent Ozdemir, Balikesir University, Turkey

Being a Gypsy in the Ottoman Empire”

Emine Dingeç, Dumlupinar University, Kütahya, Turkey

The Economic History of Pax Ottomana

Yaşar Bülbül, Kocaeli University, Turkey

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

Bulent Ozdemir


7B. Medieval and Renaissance History

Chair: James D. Ryan, CUNY-Bronx, New York

“Byzantine Sardinia: Periphery of the Empire or a Military Stronghold (7th-9th c.)?”

Luciano Gallinari, Istituto di storia dell’Europa mediterranea del CNR – Cagliari, Italy

“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 CANCELED

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

Eric Dursteler, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah


7C. Philosophy and Literature

Chair: Stephen Gingerich, Cleveland State University, Ohio

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

Joseph A. Agee, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

“Europe’s Frenzy: Spanish and European Universality in the Thought of María Zambrano”

Stephen Gingerich

“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 Annaba, Algeria


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


Saturday 11:15 – 1:15


8A. Contemporary Mediterranean

Chair: Thomas Demmelhuber, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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

Thomas Demmelhuber

“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

“The Political Culture of the Republic of Cyprus”

Hubert Faustmann, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

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

Vladislav B. Sotirovic, Vilnius University, Lithuania


8B. Turkish Music

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

“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”

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

“Nakis in Turkish Music”

Şerife Güvençoğlu, Istanbul Technical University, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Turkey


8C. Medieval and Renaissance Literature



Afternoon free


Saturday 7:30

Closing reception sponsored by MSA, Comodo Restaurant, Obere Schrangenstr. 23