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Sicily, Europe, & the Mediterranean

Università degli Studi di Messina

Messina, Italy
May 25-28, 2005



Sponsored by:

Mediterranean Studies Association

Università degli Studi di Messina

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Kansas

The Mediterranean Studies Association's 8th annual International Congress, "Sicily, Europe, and the Mediterranean" will be held on May 25-28, 2005 at the Università degli Studi di Messina. 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 25. Over the course of the next days over 200 scholarly papers will be delivered before an international audience of about 300 scholars, academics, and experts in a wide range of fields. Held in the center of Messina at the Università degli Studi di Messina, 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 Sicily. An optional five-day coach excursion of Sicily is also being planned following the close of the Congress. Selected revised papers will be considered for publication in the Association's journal, Mediterranean Studies.

1. You must be a member of the Mediterranean Studies Association for 2005. Dues are $40. Dues for Editorial Board members are at the reduced rate of $30. If you are not a member for 2005, please pay your dues as part of the registration process below.

2. Fill out the registration form. Registration fees are non-refundable. Indicate any optional expenses such as the Wednesday excursions or the post-congress tour through Sicily. Please note if you require audio/visual equipment. You may use the online form or send in a form.

3. Information on the congress hotels will be available soon.



Registration – Everyone attending the conference is required to complete an official registration form. Individuals not presenting a paper or chairing a session may either pre-register or register on site. All conference participants, however, must pre-register. THE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 1, 2005. One form is to be filled out for each person; photocopies are acceptable. Before February 1 the registration fee is $105, and $40 for a spouse or guest. After February 1 the registration fee is $130, and $40 for a spouse or guest. At the Congress the registration fee is $155, and $40 for a spouse or guest. REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. (US currency only.)

NOTE: The $40 fee is for a companion who will not be attending the sessions but who will be attending the evening social events and/or a tour (for which tickets are required). These guests do not receive a name badge or registration packet. They do receive tickets in their companion's full registration packet.

Registrants must pay in US dollars and are urged to use a US bank so as to avoid exorbitant bank fees.  Registrants who wish to pay with a check drawn on a foreign bank may do so, but must add $8 to the total to cover bank fees.

visa.gif (2403 bytes) mcard.gif (2711 bytes)   You can pay by credit card.  See the registration form for details.

You may register online or print out the form and send it in. Note: the form to print out requires Adobe Acrobat; to get the latest version click here:

CLICK HERE for the online form.

CLICK HERE for a form you can print out.


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Although Messina does not have its own airport, it can be easily reached by flying either to Reggio Calabria or to Catania. You will need to connect through either Milan Malpensa or via Roma Fiumicino.

Reggio Calabria. "Aereoporto dello Stretto." From the airport take the bus "Cavallieri" to Messina and get off at Piazzale Cavallotti very near to Piazza Repubblica - Stazione Centrale. The bus waits for the arrival of each plane.

Catania. "Aereoporto Fontana Rossa." From the airport take the "SAIS" bus to Messina and get off at Piazza Repubblica - Stazione Centrale. The first bus leaves at 08:45 and the last at 20:15. Cost is € 7.50 / 12.00 (roundtrip).

Palermo. "Aereoporto Punta Raisi." Take the bus to the Stazione Centrale in Palermo and then take another bus or the train to arrive at the Stazione Centrale in Messina (about € 10.25)

Hotels — NOTE: Due to much confusion and frustration, we advise you to book directly with the hotels. Prices will vary. Of course, you are under no obligation to stay in these hotels; however, we have negotiated favorable rates and it will be to your advantage to stay with other congress participants. There is no bus service provided specifically for participants to the University. All the hotels are within walking distance, with the exception of the Paradis Hotel which is three miles away. Book the Paradis Hotel with Mr. Carlo Vitale <email:>.

















PLEASE NOTE: Due to much confusion and frustration, we advise you to book directly with the hotels. Prices will vary.

  • Royal Palace Hotel (20 rooms) 90 € Single and 110€ Double
    Via T. Cannizzaro, 224, Messina, tel., 090 65.03; fax, 090 29.21.075



















  • Hotel Commercio (40 rooms) 75 € Single and 110 € Double
    Via I Settembre, 75, Messina, tel., 090 60.10.082


  • Hotel St. Elia ALL ROOMS TAKEN (10 rooms) 60 € Single and 80 € Double
    Via I Settembre, 67, Messina, tel., 090 60.10.082









  • Hotel Jolly dello Stretto (20 rooms) 90 € Single and 110€ Double
    Via Garibaldi, 126, Messina, tel., 090 36.38.60; fax, 090 59.02.526















  • Paradis Hotel (25 rooms) 70 € Single and 82 € Double (41 € per person); book with Mr. Carlo Vitale <email:>.
    Via Consolare Pompea, 441, Messina, tel. 090 31.06.82; fax 090 31.20.43















History of Messina



Congress SiteUniversità degli Studi di Messina, Aula Magna, Plesso Centrale, Piazza Pugliatti 1


Program — Click HERE


Receptions —

  • Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 pm, opening session, concert, and reception hosted by the Università degli Studi di Messina

  • Saturday May 28, 7:30 pm, reception, hosted by the Mediterranean Studies Association, and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Excursions Note: these are at the same time on Wednesday; choose only one.

FULL- no more places available. Wednesday, May 25, walking-tour (including ferry) to Reggio di Calabria to visit the National Museum (which features the spectacular Greek 5th c. Riace bronze statues of warriors). This tour will gather at the Central Train Station in front of the main entrance at 8:30. We will take the 9:15 hydrofoil to Reggio. Marilyn Stokstad will be our guide for the museum. Lunch will be on your own. Return will also be flexible, but a 3:05 return on the hydrofoil is recommended.
For full itinerary and all details, CLICK HERE

FULL- no more places available. Wednesday, May 25, bus tour to Taormina, Greek theater and spectacular views. This tour will have two pick-up points: 9:00 at the Central Train Station in front of the main entrance, and 9:15 across the street from the Jolly Hotel. The bus will leave Taormina at 3:00 to return to Messina.
For full itinerary and all details, CLICK HERE





Post-Congress Tour, May 29-June 2 (5 days, 4 nights), luxury coach tour of Sicily








For full itinerary and all details, CLICK HERE
Day 1: Messina to Enna via Syracuse; Hotel Sicilia (breakfast included).
Day 2: Depart Enna for Erice via Agrigento; Hotel Moderno (breakfast included).
Day 3: Tour Segesta and Selinunte; return to Hotel Moderno in Erice (breakfast included).
Day 4: Depart Erice for Monreale and Palermo; hotel in Cefalu (breakfast included).
Day 5: Depart early afternoon for Messina and Catania; return to Messina dropping off in the center and on to Catania airport and the hotel at the airport (hotel not included).

Cost per person based on double occupancy (single room requires surcharge), $495.
$100 deposit required at this time (after March 1, $200).

Tour is FULL; you may sign up for the waiting list; please contact Ben Taggie for details.

To register for the tour
CLICK HERE for the online form.

CLICK HERE for a form you can print out.


PublicationsParticipants are invited to submit their revised papers for consideration for publication in the Association’s journal, Mediterranean Studies. See Guidelines for Contributors.

Questions concerning the conference should be directed to Benjamin F. Taggie, Executive Director, Mediterranean Studies Association,

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