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Occitania-Provence and the Mediterranean:
Contributions, Exchanges, and Relationships


Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme

Aix-en-Provence, France
May 23-26, 2001


ot.gif (1214 bytes)he Mediterranean Studies Association’s 4th annual International Congress, "Occitania-Provence and the Mediterranean: Contributions, Exchanges, and Relationships" will be held on May 23-26, 2001 at the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme in Aix-en-Provence, France. Papers and sessions on all subjects relating to the Mediterranean region and Mediterranean cultures around the world from all periods are encouraged. Following a day of optional excursions, the congress will open with a reception on the evening of May 23. Over the course of the next days over 150 scholarly papers will be delivered before an international audience of about 250 scholars, academics, and experts in a wide range of fields. The official languages of the congress are French and English. In addition, several special sessions in Portuguese (focused on Franco-Portuguese cultural relationships) are being planned. Finally sessions in any Mediterranean language are welcome. A number of special events are being planned for conference participants that will highlight the unique cultural aspects of Aix-en-Provence. The congress is sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Association, the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme (a research department of l'Université de Provence, in conjunction with l'Université d'Aix-Marseille and CNRS), the City of Aix-en-Provence, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Arizona State University, and the University of Kansas. 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.

op.gif (1232 bytes)roposals for papers and sessions are now being solicited. Papers and proposals for sessions 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. Several sessions focusing on the theme of Franco-Portuguese cultural relationships are being planned and paper and session proposals that address this theme are especially welcome. 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), Coimbra (1999), and Salvador (2000).

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 December 1, 2000, though proposals are being accepted after that date.

lease send proposals to: Mediterranean Studies Association, P.O. Box 212, East Sandwich, MA 02537, USA. For information on the congress or the Association contact

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