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Call for Papers

Genoa, Columbus, & the Mediterranean

Università di Genova, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia

Genoa, Italy
May 24-27, 2006

The Mediterranean Studies Association's 9th annual International Congress, "Genoa, Columbus, and the Mediterranean" will be held on May 24-27, 2006 at the Università di Genova, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia. As is the case each year, 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 plenary session and reception on the evening of May 24. Over the course of the next days over 250 scholarly papers will be delivered before an international audience of about 350 scholars, academics, and experts in a wide range of fields. Held in the center of Genoa at the Università di Genova, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, the official languages of the Congress are Italian and English. In addition, complete sessions in any Mediterranean language are welcome. A number of special events are being planned for Congress participants that will highlight the unique cultural aspects of Liguria. An optional five-day coach excursion of Liguria and Tuscany is also being planned following the close of the Congress.

The Congress is sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Association, the Università di Genova, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the University of Kansas. Selected revised papers will be considered for publication in the Association's journal, Mediterranean Studies.

The Mediterranean Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization that 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.

Proposals for papers and sessions are now being solicited. Papers and proposals for sessions are encouraged which focus on the Congress 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), Coimbra (1999), Salvador (2000), Aix-en-Provence (2001), Granada (2002), Budapest (2003), Barcelona (2004), and Messina (2005).

Proposals 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 no longer being solicited for consideration. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis on the fifteenth of each month.

NOTE: The MSA regrets that no funding is available to support travel and other costs of participants.

You are encouraged to submit proposals online as this is the quickest and most secure method.
Please use these convenient online forms to submit a paper proposal or a session proposal. Alternatively you may e-mail attachments to, or send proposals to: Richard W. Clement, Mediterranean Studies Association, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, 1450 Poplar Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045-7616, USA.

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