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Crossing Boundaries:

Europe Arrives in the New World

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


Universidade Federal da Bahia

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

May 24-27, 2000


ot.gif (1214 bytes)he Mediterranean Studies Association’s 3rd annual International Conference, "Crossing Boundaries: Europe Arrives in the New World" will be held on May 24-27, 2000 at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. The conference will open with a plenary session on the evening of May 24. Over the course of the next three days over 100 scholarly papers, in both English and Portuguese, will be delivered before an international audience of about 200 scholars, academics, and experts in a wide range of fields. A number of special events are being planned for conference participants that will highlight the unique cultural aspects of Salvador, Brazil’s oldest city and the country’s original capital. It is especially fitting that this international conference, commemorating Cabral’s voyage of discovery to Brazil, will be held in Salvador, very near Cabral’s original landfall 500 years ago. The conference is sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Association, the Universidade Federal da Bahia, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Arizona State University. Selected revised papers will be considered for publication in the Association’s journal, Mediterranean Studies.

ot.gif (1214 bytes)he Mediterranean Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization which promotes the scholarly study of Mediterranean cultures 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. With its emphasis on Mediterranean cultures and peoples, particularly those outside the geographical area of the Mediterranean basin, the Association is especially pleased to have been invited to Brazil in 2000.

op.gif (1232 bytes)roposals for papers and sessions are now being solicited. Papers and proposals for sessions (in English and 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 the programs from Lisbon (1998) and Coimbra (1999).

op.gif (1232 bytes)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 and regular address, and phone number should also be listed. Proposals are now being solicited for the first round of consideration. The first deadline for submissions was October 15, 1999, but we continue to welcome submissions.

lease send proposals to: Mediterranean Studies Association, P.O. Box 79564, North Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA. For information on the conference or the Association contact

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