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Crossing Boundaries: Europe Encounters New Worlds

An International Conference in Celebration of the Quincentenary of Cabral’s Voyage to Brazil

University of Coimbra, Portugal, May 26-29, 1999


Nao.jpg (29337 bytes)[T]he conference "Crossing Boundaries: Europe Encounters New Worlds" will be held on May 26-29, 1999 in Coimbra, home to Portugal’s oldest university. The conference will open on the evening of May 26 in the exquisite Joanina Library, followed by a cocktail reception in the Senado room hosted by the Reitor of the University.  The conference is sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Association, the Luso-American Development Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Instituto de História da Expansão Ultramarina and the Biblioteca Geral of the  University of Coimbra, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Arizona State University. Selected revised papers on the conference theme will be published in a special volume. Selected revised papers on other Mediterranean themes will be considered for publication in the Association’s journal, Mediterranean Studies.

[T]he Mediterranean Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization which promotes the scholarly study of the Mediterranean region in all aspects and disciplines. It is particularly concerned with the ideas and ideals of western Mediterranean cultures from Late Antiquity to the Enlightenment and their influence beyond these geographical and temporal boundaries.

[Image][P]roposals for papers and sessions are now being solicited. Papers and proposals for sessions (in English or Portuguese) are encouraged which focus on the conference theme, but any paper or session proposal with a Mediterranean theme, from any period and any discipline, will be considered. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work or theme are also welcome. The typical panel will include three papers, each lasting twenty minutes, a chair, and (optionally) a commentator. For examples of paper and session topics, and the range of subjects, see last year’s program (in Lisbon).

[P]roposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant, including chairs and commentators. Each participant’s name, e-mail, regular address, and phone number should also be listed. Proposals are now being solicited for the second round of consideration.

[P]lease send proposals to: Mediterranean Studies Association, Office of the Provost, University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300. For information on the conference or the Association contact Richard W. Clement: