Central Europe and the Mediterranean




DRAFT 6 (March 8, 2003)


  1. Shakespearean Geographies

Chair: David M. Bergeron, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“Elizabeth I, or England and Hungary: Unsettling Mediterranean Representation with Central European Hagiography”

Daryl Palmer, Regis University, Denver, Colorado

Hamlet, Denmark, and the Politics of Pleasure”

Geraldo de Sousa, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Wherefore to Mantua? Shakespeare’s Geography”

David M. Bergeron

The Winter’s Tale: Folklore’s Function in Shakespeare’s Construction of Central Europe”

Richard Raspa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


  1. Renaissance Literature


“The Exportation of Mediterranean Textuality: The Case of the Mestizo Codices of the 16th Century”

Laurence de Looze, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

“A Passing Reference to Transylvania in Cervantes’ Las dos doncellas

Frances Luttkikhuizen, University of Barcelona, Spain

“Circumnavigating the Mediterranean as Pornutopic Fantasy in the Decameron (Day II)”

Louise O. Vasvári, State University of New York at Stony Brook


  1. Trends in Early Modern Portuguese History

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

“Sexual Deviancy and the Portuguese Titled Nobility: The Case of the Count of Vila Franca”

Francis A. Dutra

“Interest Groups in Eighteenth-Century Portugal: The Mesa do Bem Comum and Its Demise”

Bill Donovan, Loyola College of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

“Heads of Portuguese Diplomatic Missions Abroad: An Introduction to a Prosopographical Approach”

Tiago C. P. dos Reis Miranda, Centro de História da Cultura da Universidade Nova de Lisboa/Instituto Diplomático do Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros de Portugal


  1. Between Tradition and Secularization: Inter-Religious Dialogues in the Mediterranean

Chair: Dan Diner, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), The Dubnow Institute (Leipzig, Germany), and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (Israel)

“The Jewish Invention of the Mediterranean in the Age of Emancipation”

Dan Diner

“Town and Community: The Jewish Communities in the Mediterranean in the 18th-20th Centuries”

Yacov Barnai, University of Haifa, Israel

“The Kadi’s Prison: Apostates and Converts in an Ottoman Port-City”

Eyal Ginio, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


  1. The Basarabi-Murfatlar Monastery on Crete

Chair: Vladimir Agrigoroaei, Christian University Dimitri Cantemir, Bucharest, Romania

“Vikings in Dobrudja, Romania: The Basarabi-Murfatlar Colony”

Vladimir Agrigoroaei

“Confessional Aspects in the Monks’ Community from Basarabi, Romania, Dobroudja County”

Vlad Bedros, Institute of Art, Academy of Romania, Bucharest

“An Archaeological Approach to the Basarabi Crete Monastery”

Luiza Zamora, National University of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania


  1. Comparative Representations of the Roma in European Literature and Film

Chair: Katherine Gyékényesi Gatto, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

“Representations of the Gypsy Woman in French and Ukrainian Art, Music, and Literature”

Hélène N. Turkewicz-Sanko, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

“Influence of French ‘Nouveau Roman’ & ‘Nouvelle Vague’ on Péter Esterházy’s Novel, Tizenhét Hattyúk [sic; Twelve Swans], and András Solyom’s Film, Érzékek Iskolája [School of the Senses]

Mártha Pereszlényi-Pintér, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

“The Gypsy Woman and the Male Imagination in Western and Eastern Europe”

Katherine Gyékényesi Gatto

“Strangers Among Us—Gypsies in Today’s Transylvania” (documentary)

Rita Cebuc, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio


  1. Spanish Literature and the Information Age I

Chair: Nina Molinaro, University of Colorado, Boulder

“(Dis)information and El Sueño de Venecia by Paloma Diaz Mas”

Robert C. Spires, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“Virtual Reality in Jesús Torrecillas’ Guía de Los Angeles

Dennis Perri, Grinnell College, Iowa

“Guillermo de Torre’s Technological Prosthesis”

Juli Highfill, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


  1. Spanish Literature and the Information Age II

Chair: Robert C. Spires, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“The Tragic End of Ethics? Gender, Technology and Contemporary Spanish Literature”

Nina L. Molinaro, University of Colorado, Boulder

“Siting and Writing the Body in the Fiction of Lucía Extebarria”

Jessica A. Folkart, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

“On Embodied Vision and the Persistence of Memory: Virtual Reality in Alejandro Amenábar’s Abre los ojos

Monika Szumilak, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


  1. The Piano Quartets of Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Fauré

Note: A concert featuring the works discussed in this session will take place at 6:00pm on Friday (admission by ticket only).

Chair: Alexandra Mascolo-David, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

“The Piano Quartets of Johannes Brahms”

Alexandra Mascolo-David

“Thematic Unity in Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C Minor, op. 60, Based on the Clara Motive

James Allen Fiste, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

“Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15: A Historical and Formal Analysis”

Seanad Dunigan Chang and Wei Tsun Chang, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville


  1. Orientalism in Latin American Literature I

Chair: Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, State University of New York at Albany, and Isabel de Sena, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

“Del Moro al Oriental”

Hernán Taboada, UNAM, Mexico

“‘Traveling Theories’: Orientalism and Modernity in Latin American Cultural Discourse”

Mabel Moraña, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Actitudes colonialistas y la de-orientalización del discurso en la literature latinoamericana”

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi

“Linguistic Choices and the Negotiation of Arab-Argentine Identities”

Christina Civantos, University of Miami, Florida


  1. Orientalism in Latin American Literature II

Chairs: Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, State University of New York at Albany, and Isabel de Sena, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

“Order and Progress, Wars against Terrorism and the Politics of Fear”

Lynn McGovern, Sweet Briar College, Virginia

“Disappearing Acts: Remembering the Victims of the Dirty War”

Kevin Foster, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

“’Tengo de árabes noble descendencia’: identidad velada y reconocimiento en la última obra de Juan Francisco Manzano”

Marilyn Miller, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

El mono gramático: escritura poética y orientalismo: Transacciones imaginarias de Octavio Paz”

Gladys Ilarregui, University of Delaware, Newark


  1. The Ancient World


“Value Theory and Attic Drama: The Influence of Hippolytus

Alvin C. Kibel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

“The Doctrine of Two Ways and Natural Ethics in Lactantius” 

Gábor Kendeffy, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Mare Nostrum—The Roman Mediterranean”

Catalin Pavel, University of Bucharest, Romania

“The Northern Syrian Roman-Byzantine Landscape in the Middle Eastern Mediterranean Formal Homogenous Region”

Palma Librato, School of Architecture, Politecnico di Bari, Italy


  1. Medieval Literature I

Chair: Guy Mermier, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

“Lost Troubadours and Troubadour Ghosts: Catalonia, Roussillon, and Italy”

Kathryn Klingebiel, University of Hawaii at Manoa

English Translation of the Rumanian Bestiary Studied in the Light of the Ancient Physiologus Tradition

Guy Mermier

“Estrutura Profunda Idéntica del Poema de Mio Cid y de la Chevalerie Ogier Franco-Véneta”

Eva Simon, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


  1. Medieval Literature II

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

“An Oriental Interpretation of La Celestina”

Amy Aronson-Friedman, Valdosta State University, Georgia

“Cathars and Courtly Love”

Susan L. Rosenstreich

La filla del rei d'Ungria and Medieval Genre Theory

Emily C. Francoromano, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


  1. Art History I

Chair: Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“Mapping Visual Identity and Culture in the Mediterranean between the 10th and 13th Centuries”

Eva R. Hoffman, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

“Domenikos Theotokopoulos’ Landscapes of Mount Sinai—Between Byzantium and the Renaissance”

Cristina Stancioiu, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

“Negotiating Sanctity in Early Modern Spain: Mariana de Jesús and the Problem of the Portrait Likeness”

Mindy Nancarrow, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

“Italian Artists and Traders in Search of Fortune in Leopoli since the 16th Century”

Angelantonio Rosato, LIMES-Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica, Rome, Italy


  1. Art History II

Chair: Liana De Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Frankenstein, Historicism, and Medieval Revival”

Tina Waldeier Bizzarro, Rosemont College, Pennsylvania

“Bronzino’s Pygmalion and Galatea: l’antica bella maniera

Liana De Girolami Cheney

“Esther in Budapest: Arent de Gelder’s ‘Esther and Mordecai Writing Letters to the Jews’”

Beth Gersh-Nesic, Purchase College, State University of NewYork

“Displaying the Other: The L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem”

Alla Myzelev, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada


  1. Art History III

Chair: Béla Zsolt Szakács, Central European University, Budapest

“Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: From Transparency to Neue Sachlichkeit”

Preston Thayer, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

“Karol Schayer, a Pole in Beirut”

George Arbid, Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut

“Woven Essentialism: ‘Transylvanian Carpets’ and Western Perspectives of the East”

James Clyde Allen Redman, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


  1. Art History IV

Chair: George Noszlopy, University of Central England, Birmingham, England

“The Influence of Ottoman Threat on the Choice of Motives in Sacral Paintings in Dalmatian Communes in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries”

Meri Kunĉić, Lexicographic Institute Miroslav Krleža, Zagreb, Croatia

“The Benedictine Abey of Opatija (Croatia): Foundation, Dating, Naming, and Other Problems”

Amir Muzur, Rijeka, Croatia

“The Art of Mattia Pretti in Seventeenth-Century Central Europe”

Luigi Tassoni, University of Pécs, Hungary

“Dynastic Ambitions and Art in Mid-15th Century Mantua”

George Noszlopy


  1. Art History V: Art & Architecture


“Byzantium or Italy? Interpreting 11th-Century Hungarian Architecture”

Béla Zsolt Szakács, Central European University, Budapest

“Local Variants of Byzantine Church Architecture in Belarus”

Iryna Hanetskaya, Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, Belarus

“The Boundaries of the Mediterranean City”

Giulia Annalinda Neglia, School of Architecture, Politecnico di Bari, Italy


  1. Crossing Boundaries: The Theater

Chair: Ricardo Bigi de Aquino, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

“Oedipus Sacrificed”

Jascha Kessler, University of California Los Angeles 

“Adrienne Lecouvreur: Reality and Myth in the Making of a Cultural Icon”

Ricardo Bigi de Aquino

“Rethinking Mother/Daughter Roles: Diana Raznovich’s Casa Matriz

Margarita Vargas, State University of New York at Buffalo

“Mediterranean Life Lessons: A Sociocultural and Literary Analysis of Gérard Gélas’s Ode à Canto

Henriette Javorek, Universität der Bunderswehr, Hamburg, Germany


  1. Twentieth-Century Literature and Travel

Chair: Maria Angélica Lopes, University of South Carolina, Columbia

O Viúvo: Franca Junior’s Apprenticeship”

Maria Angélica Lopes

“The Cosmopolitan Writer on the Orient Express: Leaving Turkey for Germany”

Petra Bagley, University of Central Lancashire, England

“Gustav Herling: A Writer in Double Exile”

Moyra Byrne, Washington, DC

Orion, by Mário Cláudio: A Portuguese/African Island of Literary and Political Power”

Isabel Allegro de Magalhães, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


  1. Propuestas interartísticas y recepción critica de la vanguardia española

Chair: Laurence de Looze, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

“Poesía visual, pintura verbal y la estética de los años veinte”

Rosa Sarabia, University of Toronto, Canada

“Góngora entre neoclasicismo y creacionismo en la poética del 27”

Hans Lauge Hansen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

“Monóculo de Ramón: fotografía, nación y memoria en la vanguardia”

María Soledad Fernández Utrera, University of Calgary, Canada


  1. Literature, Music, Dance & Film: Enduring Memory

Chair: Cleveland Johnson, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

“Czardas Like Paprika: The Export of Cultural Spice”

Lígia Pinheiro, Wittenberg University, Ohio

Juan F. LaManna, State University of New York at Oswego

“Memories of Ideological Transformation: How to Witness the Spanish Civil War and Survive”

Maria Van Liew, West Chester University, Pennsylvania

“Recovered Memories: Al-Andalus in the 21st-Century”

Gregory S. Hutcheson, University of Louisville, Kentucky


  1. Ottoman History I: Ottoman-Italian Transactions

Chair: Andrei Pippidi, University of Bucharest, Romania

“Ottomans in Venice, Venetians in Istanbul”

Belgin Turan Ozkaya, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

“A Genoese Port Within the Ottoman Capital: The Ottomanization of Galata from the15th–19th Centuries”

Hicran Topcu, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

“The End of the Florentine Colony of Constantinople”

Andrei Pippidi


  1. Ottoman History II

Chair: Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Central European University, Budapest

“Room for New Times: Domestic Architecture and Culture of the Urban Bourgeoisie in Late-Ottoman Beirut”

Ralph Bodenstein, German Orient Institute, Beirut, Lebanon

“Istanbul and Late Ottoman Modernism: Reconsidering the Relationship between the Ottoman Capital and Arab Provincial Capitals”

Nadia Al-Bagdadi

“Western Literary Reflections of the Fall of Constantinople”

S. Purdy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“The Image of the Turks in 17th-Century Transylvania: A Case Study”

Gábor Kármán, Central European University, Budapest


  1. Ottoman History III


“Ottoman Political Spectacle: Reconsidering the Devshirme”

Charles Argo, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

“Hungarian Toponymy in Ottoman Sources: Turkification, Translation, Transliteration”

Zharmukhamed Zardykhan, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

“Western Merchants and Islamic-Ottoman Law in the Mediterranean Sea (16th–17th Centuries) as Revealed in a Manuscript in the Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris”

Viorel Panaite, University of Bucharest, Romania

“Articulating the Self Through Confrontations with the ‘Other’: The Imagining of Communities on the Habsburg-Ottoman-Hungarian Marches in an Account [British Library MS O.R. 12961] of the Sieges of Kanije 1600-01”

Claire Norton, Birmingham University, England


  1. Ottoman History IV

Chair: Joan Dusa, Los Angeles, California

“The Story of the Building of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and the Historiographic Tradition”

Kateryna Kovalchuk, Central European University, Budapest

“Ottoman Conquests of 1453 and 1475 and Their Impact on the Jewish Communities of Byzantium and Crimean Peninsula”

Mikhail Kizilov, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

“Documents on the Crisis and Transformation in the Genoese Commercial Empire at the Time of the Fall of Constantinople”

Enrico Basso, Soprintendenza Archivistica per la Liguria—Genova, Italy

“The Fall of Constantinople and the Discourse of the Turkish Peril in Europe”

Almut Höfert, University of Basel, Switzerland


  1. Mediterranean Identity


“Town and Community: The Jewish Communities in the Mediterranean in the 19th–20th Centuries”

Jacob Barnai, University of Haifa, Israel

“The Mediterranean Orientation in the Discourse of Intellectuals in Egypt and Israel: A Comparative Study”

Shimon Shamir, Tel Aviv University, Israel

“Two Nationalisms and Two Cultures? Citizenship in (Greek and Turkish) Cyprus from a Politico-Historical Perspective”

Yilmaz Çolak, Eastern Mediterranean University, Mersin, Turkey


  1. Eastern Mediterranean Issues


“Provisioning Istanbul from the Byzantine to the Ottoman Empires: A Study in Institutional Continuity and Change”

Onur Yildirim and Eyup Ozveren, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

“Rethinking the Medieval Mediterranean in Russia”

Nadia Selounskaia, Russian Academy of Sciences, Center for Comparative Studies of Ancient Civilizations, Moscow

“19th-Century European Travelers’ Accounts as the Shared or Comparative Sources in Writing Ottoman History”

Bülent Ozdemir, Balikesir University, Turkey

“Change in the Ottoman Empire: The Example of Aleppo, 1910”

Hasan Karakose, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey


  1. Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean Issues I


“Understanding Osama Bin Laden through a Reading of Don Quijote”

Joanna Courteau, Iowa State University, Ames

“Regional Voting Behavior in Spain”

Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond

“Regional Security in the Western Mediterranean”

Jaouad Haqhaqi, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

“Asylum in the Mediterranean Region: Rights Unfulfilled”

Isabel Cara Martin, American University in Cairo, Egypt


  1. Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean Issues II


“Constitutional Conundrums in Turkey”

Arolda Elbasani, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

“Towards Peace in the Mediterranean: Controversial Issues in Arabic/Israeli and American Literature”

Saddik M. Gohar, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain

“Mediterranean Demography: The Two Sides of the Sea”

Bouhdira Sofiane, University of Tunis, Tunisia

“Mediterraneanism in Modern Arab Cultural Thought”

Abdulla al-Dabbagh, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain


  1. Adriatic & Balkan History

Chair: Zdenka Janeković Römer, University of Zagreb, Croatia

“Coupled Oscillation on the Balkan Peninsula”

Sahizer Aydin, Bochum, Germany

“A Report: Continuity and Change in A Mediterranean City: Local Identity, Mentality, and Environment in Split around the 1700th Anniversary of ab urbe condita

Vjekoslav Perica, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

“The History of Croatian Ichthyologic Research in the Adriatic Sea”

Jakov Dulcic and Ivan Jardas, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, Croatia

“The History of Mariculture in Mali Ston Bay, Croatia”

Branko Glamuzina, Ston University of Applied Sciences, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Jakov Dulcic, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, Croatia


  1. Nationhood & Identity I

Chair: Giulio Massano, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

“The Austrian Empire and Giuseppe Verdi: Patriotic Operas and Censorship”

Giulio Massano

“Amílcar Cabral: A Aprendizagem política em Portugal e a formação do discurso de Revolta contra o colonialismo português”

Julião Soares Sousa, University of Coimbra, Portugal

“Conflicting Identities: The Revival of Mittleuropa in Italian National Discourse after 1989 vs. Italy’s ‘Southern Europeanness’”

Ilaria Favretto, University of Kingston, Kingston-upon-Thames, England

“Gibraltar, between Britain and Spain: Negotiations for the Transfer of Sovereignty”

Isidro Sepulveda Muñoz, UNED, Madrid, Spain


  1. Nationhood & Identity II


“Religion, Territory and National Identity in Europe and United States: Christian Ecclesiology and the Symbolic Creation of Space”

Dan Dungaciu, University of Bucharest, Romania

“Europe on the Stage: Margarete Bieber’s The History of The Greek and Roman Theatre (1961) as an Historical Account of the Unitary Origin of European Identity”

Zeynep Aktüre Siram, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

“Ethnic Nationalism Versus State Nationalism: A Comparison Between the Case of Spain and the Case of Turkey—Basque and Kurdish Nationalism: A Common Fate?”

Nesrin Ucarlar, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

“Food and Politics of Identities: The Case of Arab Cuisine in Israel”

Liora Gvion, Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel-Aviv, Israel


  1. Greece: History, Culture, and Politics I


“Spiridon Louis, His Foustanéla, and the Symbolic Power of Pallikárism at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens”

James P. Verinis, New School University, New York

“The First Peace Operation? The European Great Powers’ Effort to Establish Peace in the Island of Crete in 1897”

Gábor Boldizsár, Zrinyi Military Academy, Budapest, Hungary

“‘All for Greece, Nothing Against Italy’: Religious Irredentism and Secular Nationalism in the Italian-Held Dodecanese Islands, 1919-1921”

Phillip Carabott, King’s College, London, England


  1. Greece: History, Culture, and Politics II


“‘I’m Tired of My Country’: National Ideals and Greek Education in 1930”

Elissavet Vidali, King’s College, London, England

“Reconstruction in the Face of Civil Strife and Underdevelopment: UNRRA’s Operations in Greece (April 1945–June 1947)”

Flora Tsilaga, King’s College, London, England

“The Recognition of Israel by Greece and Its Consequences”

Dino Bozonelos, California State University, San Bernardino


  1. Globalization


“Processes of the Local Deconstruction of Global Events and Messages: Case Studies from Egypt”

Amr Hamzawy, Cairo University, Egypt

“The Mediterranean and Modernity in the Age of Globalization”

Sangjin Park, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea

“The Cultural Economics of Globalization: Continuities and Divergences in Muslim and European Experiences Over Time”

Mark LeVine, University of California Irvine


  1. Archaeology and Museums

Chair: József Laszlouszky, Central European University, Budapest

“The Mediterranean and Central Europe: Point of View of Early Medieval Archaeology”

Bálint Csanád, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

“The Mediterranean and the Carpathian Basin Between the Late 6th and the First Half of the 7th Century AD: The Case of the Stirrup”

Vasco LaSalvia, Central European University, Budapest

“Spoiling the Spolia: The Destructive Influence of Museum Preservation”

Wendy Meryem Kural Shaw, Ohio State University, Columbus

“The Contribution of Recent Surface Survey Archaeology: Report on the Study of the Ionian Sea Region”

Steve Balestra, University of Ioannina, Greece


  1. Mediterranean Military Orders in Central Europe

Chair: Zsolt Hunyadi, University of Szeged, Hungary

“The Knights Hospitalers in Hungary and Croatia”

Zsolt Hunyadi

“The Participation of the Crusading Orders in Polish Lands in the Crusade Movement”

Maria Starnawska, Academy of Podlasie, Siedlce, Poland

“The Charitable Activities of the Order of St. John of Malta in Post-Communist Central Europe, especially Hungary”

Peter Piazza, Ambassador to Hungary of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Malta


  1. Mediterranean Queens in Central Europe—Central European Queens in the Mediterranean World”

Chair: Marianna Birnbaum, University of California Los Angeles

“Donna Regina: Queen Maria of Hungary”

Attila Barany, University of Debrecen, Hungary

“Bona Sforza in Poland (16th Century)”

Anna Brzezinska, Central European University, Budapest

“Two Hungarian Queens: Beatrice of Aragon and Anne of Candale (15th-16th Centuries)”

Orsolya Réthelyi, Central European University, Budapest


  1. The “Grand Turk” in Political Thought from the 16th to the18th Century

Chair: János Bak, Central European University, Budapest

“The Conqueror of Constantinople as an Ideal Ruler in Orthodox Russia of the 16th Century (Mehmed II in Ivan Peresvetov’s Works)”

Mark Youssim, Moscow Institute of Universal History, Russian Academy of Sciences

“Dimitri Cantemir’s Writings about the Grand Turk in the Court of Peter the Great”

Andrea Marculescu, Central European University, Budapest

“Pope Pius II’s Letter to Sultan Mohammed II: A Version of Renaissance Self-Fashioning?”

Yuri Zaretsky, Russian State University for the Humanities Collegium, Budapest


  1. Dalmatian/Croatian History

Chair: Vasco LaSalvia, Central European University, Budapest

“The Cult of the Holy Protector in the Adriatic”

Vladim B. Prozorov, Moscow State University, Russia, and Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

“Communes and a Magnate: The Example of the Relationship between Ŝubići and Dalmatian Cities”

Damir Karbić, Croatian Institute of History,            Zagreb

“Les échanges économiques sur la côte adriatique orientale à la fin du Moyen Age”

Sabine Florence Fabijanec, Croatian Institute of History, Zagreb


  1. Medieval Studies I

Chair: Clara Estow, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Mapping Central Europe: The Catalan Atlas and the European Imagination”

Clara Estow

“Italy and Central Europe in the Ninth Century: As Seen Through the Annales Fuldenses and Other Contemporary Sources”

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

“Al-Andalus and the Moral Discourse of History”

William Gallois, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

“The Influence of Abi Shaq al-Shatibi on Muslim Spanish Society”

Deina Abdelkader, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts


  1. Medieval Studies II

Chair: Joan Dusa, Los Angeles, California

“Church Offices and Social Promotion of the Families of Urban Elites in the Communal Societies of the Eastern Adriatic”

Zrinka Nikolic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

“Last Wills as Sources for Researching Social Structures in Late Medieval Dalmatian Communes”

Zoran Ladić, Croatian Institute of History, Zagreb

“Italian Clerics, Court Members, and Merchants in Medieval Prague: A Sketch”

Christian-Frederick Felskau, Freie Universität, Berlin

“Contesting Memories of Constantinople-Istanbul”

Berin F. Gür, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


  1. Medieval Studies III

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

“Immateriality of the Soul in King Alfred’s Boethius: Sources and Channels of Transmission of the Neoplatonist Doctrine of the High Middle Ages”

Ruta Sileikyte, Central European University, Budapest

“Sources of a Story about the Murdered Croatian King in the Hungarian-Polish Chronicle”

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

“Singularity, Translation, and the Name of God”

David E. Johnson, State University of New York at Buffalo


  1. Medieval Studies IV

Chair: Vladim B. Prozorov, Moscow State University, Russia, and Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

“Economic Relations between Florence and Hungary in the Late Middle Ages”

Zsuzsanna Teke, Institue of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

“The Western Pontus in the 13th-15th Centuries: Crossroads or Periphery?”

Rossina Kostova, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

“The Black Death and the Dalmatian City—The Examples of Dubrovnik, Zadar, Split, and Trogir”

Gordan Ravanĉić, Croatian Institute for History, Zagreb


  1. Medieval Studies V


“Royal Politics and Portuguese Commerce with the Mediterranean (1279-1357)

Marisa Costa, University of Coimbra, Portugal

“Knighthood in León and Castile in the 13th through the Middle of the14th Century”

Oleg Aurov, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow

“Crossing the Mediterranean: Portuguese Pilgrims in the Medieval World”

Anísio Saraiva, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Maria do Rosário Morujão, University of Coimbra, Portugal


  1. Medieval Studies VI

Chair: István Petrovics,University of Szeged, Hungary

“Immigrants from Mediterranean Countries in the Urban Communities of Medieval Slavonia in the Late Middle Ages”

Marija Karbić, Croatian Institute of History,            Zagreb

“The Battle of Adrianople on 14th April 1205 and Eastern Mediterranean”

Ivelin Ivanov, University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

“Chiese eretiche, eretici senza Chiesa nel Mediterraneo tardomedievale”

György Galamb, University of Szeged, Hungary

“Agostino Barbadigo’s Instructiones datae Angelo Gradenigo as a Source for the History of Late Fifteenth Century Venetian Maritime Law”

Evguenia V. Anichtchenco, Institute of Russian History, St. Petersburg


  1. Medieval Studies VII


“Hungary and the Adriatic Coast in the Middle Ages: Power Aspirations and Dynastic Contacts of the Árpádian and Anjou Kings in the Adriatic Region”

István Petrovics,University of Szeged, Hungary

“The Republic of Dubrovnik under Hungarian Crown: The Treaty of Visegrad, May 27, 1358”

Zdenka Janeković Römer, University of Zagreb, Croatia

“The Development of Notarial Practice and Its Influence on the Development of Written Culture”

Branka Grbavac, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb

“La Riforma ospedaliera del XV secolo in Italia e la sua influenza nell’Europa Centrale”

Francesco Bianchi, Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy, and Marek Słon, Polish Academy of Sciences


  1. Medieval Studies VIII


“How Real Was the Possibility of Reunification between Orthodoxy and Catholicism in the Fourteenth Century?”

Joan Dusa, Los Angeles

“Le relazioni tra la Repubblica di Genova e l'Ungheria dopo la caduta di Costantinopoli”

Alfonso Assini, Archivio di Stato di Genova, Italy

“Opinions on Ecclesiastical Union before and after the Fall of Constantinople”

István Baán, University of Miskolc, Hungary


  1. History I

Chair: Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota

“Margarita of Austria and Carlos V”

Connie Scarborough, University of Cincinnati, Ohio

“Family Identity and Empire: Fernández de Córdoba in Oran and Navarre”

Yuen-Gen Liang, Princeton University, New Jersey

“Central European Travelers in Iberia in the Fifteenth Century”

William D. Phillips, Jr., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

“The Contact Between Tübingen (Germany) and Constantinople at the End of the 16th Century”

Andreas Rhoby, University of Vienna, Austria


  1. History II


“A Discourse on Justice in the Eastern Mediterranean Lands in the Late 15th Century”

Linda T. Darling, University of Arizona, Tucson

“Catholic Crusaders in Imperial Service: Cardinal Kollonitsch, Count Carafa, and the Reconquest of Hungary”

Brian A. Hodson, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

“Iberian Americans and Mediterranean Culture in the Second Half of the 18th Century”

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

“Joseph Bonaparte in America: Artistic Contributions to a New Republic (1815-1839)”

Regina A. Mezei, Mercer County Community College, Trenton, New Jersey


  1. History III: Renaissance Networks

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

“Long-distance Trade and State Formation in Late Medieval Mediterranean. The Case of the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt (1400-1517)”

Francisco J. Apellániz, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

“Was Las Casas Responsible for the African Slave Trade?”

Paul S. Vickery

“Muslim-Jewish Relations in 16th-Century Constantinople/Istanbul, Based on the Life of the Businesswoman Garcia Mendez from Portugal”

Marianna Birnbaum, University of California Los Angeles


  1. Merchants and Merchant Networks in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Chair: Eric Dursteler, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Commentator: David Michael D'Andrea, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

“Antwerp and Venice: Connecting the North Sea and the Mediterranean”

Donald J. Harreld, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Working and Living in Venice: A Greek Perspective”

Ersie Burke, Anatolia College and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

“Venetian Merchants in Constantinople, 1573-1645”

Eric Dursteler


  1. Painting between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Chair: Maurizia Migliorini, University of Genoa, Italy

“Phenomenology of Pictorial Styles between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean”

Maurizia Migliorini

“Monet and the Mediterranean”

Leo Lecci, University of Genoa, Italy

“The Italian Journeys of Paul Klee”

Paola Valenti, University of Genoa, Italy


  1. Between Generations: Muslim Responses to Globalization and the Contemporary World System in the Middle East and Europe

Chair:  Mark LeVine, University of California Irvine and John Esposito, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

Forum Discussants:

Ziba Mir-Hosseini, School of Oriental & African Studies, London, England

Amr Hamzawy, Cairo University, Egypt

Tariq Ramadan, University of Geneva, Switzerland, and University of Fribourg, Switzerland

John Esposito

Khaled Abou E-Fadl, University of California Los Angeles


  1. Rituals and Imagery


“The Influence of the Eastern Rituals on the Orphic Mysterium Cults of the Hellenistic Age”

Diana B. Bácsfi, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

“Cultic Healing in Antique Pagan and Byzantine Christian Cults”

Ildikó Csepregi, Central European University, Budapest

“Animals and Plants in the Iberian Sentimental Romances”

Csilla Ladanyi-Turoczy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

“L’immaginario acqueo e le immagini del mare negli scrittori del centro Europa”

Lorenzo Chichiú, Academia Lingua Italiana, Assisi, Italy


  1. Armenia: Culture & History

Chair: Zsolt Hunyadi, University of Szeged, Hungary

“The Apocryphal Letter of Concordance Between Gregory the Illuminator of Armenia and Pope Sylvester and Its Concept of Union Between Churches”

Zara Pogossian, Central European University, Budapest

“Andrew II of Hungary, Leon I of the Armenians, and Pope Honorius III: An Arpadian Flirtation with Cilicia”

Peter Halfter, Marbach/Neckar, Germany

“La Subaucasia en La Fleur des Histoires de la Terre d’Orient di Het’Own”

Marco Bais, University of Bologna, Italy


  1. De Constantinople à Barcelone

Chair: Salvatore Bono, Societé internationale des historiens de la Méditerranée, Rome, Italy

“Hungarian-Ottoman Peace Treaties: Made, Kept, Broken”

Sándor Papp, University of Szeged, Hungary

“La Sud de la Mediterranée vu par les Hongrois aus XIXe siècle (Récits de voyage)”

Ákos Ferwagner, University of Szeged, Hungary

“L’occupation de l’Egypte en 1882 et l’Autriche-Hongrie”

Krisztián Komár, University of Szeged, Hungary

“Le processus de Barcelone et les pays candidats de l’Europe centrale a l’Union européenne”

László J. Nagy, University of Szeged, Hungary


  1. Women in Culture and History

Chair: Diana Glad, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

“Dynastic Politics of the Austrian Hapsburg Monarchy and the Portuguese Royal Family in the 18th Century: The Household Case of Maria Ana de Austria”

Maria Paula Marçal Lourenço, University of Lisbon, Portugal

“Three Women of Asolo, Italy: Caterina Cornaro, Katharine de Kay Bronson, and Eleonora Duse”

Robert G. Collmer, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

“Asolo: Freya Stark’s Anchorage”

Robert L. Brooks, Baylor University, Waco, Texas


  1. Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in the National Library

A visit to the Manuscripts Department and the Rare Books Department of the Hungarian National Library.  Escorted tour by departing from Registration Desk, CEU.  Sign up prior at the Registration Desk; limited to 25.


  1. The Holy Crown of Hungary

A visit to see the holy crown of St. Stephen of Hungary in the Parliament.  Escorted tour departing from Registration Desk, CEU.  Sign up prior at the Registration Desk; limited to 25.  There is a modest entrance fee.


  1. Digitization of the Corvinas Manuscripts in the National Library