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12th Annual Mediterranean Studies Congress

Università di Cagliari
Sardinia, Italy

May 27 – 30, 2009



Sponsored by:

Mediterranean Studies Association

Universitá di Cagliari

Istituto di storia dell’Europa mediterranea del CNR–Cagliari

Comune di Cagliari

Provincia di Cagliari

Utah State University

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Kansas

1. You must be a member of the Mediterranean Studies Association for 2009. Dues are $60. Dues for Editorial Board members are at the reduced rate of $50. If you are NOT a member for 2009, 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. Please note if you require audio/visual equipment (no slide projectors are available, only digital projectors). You may use the online form or send in a form.

3. Information on the congress hotel is available below.


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 who are giving papers or chairing sessions, however, must pre-register. THE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2009. One form is to be filled out for each person; photocopies are acceptable. Before February 1 the registration fee is $175, and $50 for a spouse or guest. After February 1 the registration fee is $225, and $50 for a spouse or guest. At the Congress the registration fee is $275, and $50 for a spouse or guest. REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. (US currency only.)

NOTE: The $50 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 (if applicable) 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 Congress Registration form.

CLICK HERE for a Congress Registration form you can print out.

To register for the Post-Congress tour (see below for itinerary) TOUR CLOSED
CLICK HERE for the online tour form.

CLICK HERE for a tour form you can print out.


The conference organizers may change activities, topics and presenters when necessary. The organizers shall not be liable for any loss caused by cancellation of the conference due to Force Majeure (including, but not limited to acts of God, hurricane, earthquake, flood, acts of war, terrorism, or other acts of enemies; government regulation; curtailment of transportation facilities; strikes; civil disorder; or other emergency or event beyond the control of the organizers), thus making it inadvisable, unsafe, illegal, or impossible to provide required accommodations and/or meeting facilities, hold the meeting, or travel to the meeting.



Please use a special travel website for MSA members at YTB (Your travel Biz).  Visit to check out the lowest possible airfares, hotels, car rentals etc.  For further assistance with the site, email or call Louise Taggie at 508 979-8687.

Airlines Flying into Cagliari

  • Air One (Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino)
  • Air Vallée (Genoa, Olbia)
  • Alitalia (Venice)
  • bmi (London-Heathrow, Manchester)
  • British Airways (London-Gatwick)
  • Brussels Airlines (Brussels)
  • Darwin Airline (Lugano, Berne)
  • easyJet (Basle, Geneva, London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa)
  • Iberia - Air Nostrum (Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza, Valencia)
  • Jetairfly (Brussels)
  • Lufthansa (Munich)
  • Meridiana (Bologna, Florence, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa [seasonal June 1 - September 28], Milan-Orio al Serio, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Rome-Fiumicino, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Turin, Verona)
  • MyAir (Milan-Orio al Serio [seasonal], Venice)
  • Ryanair (Beauvais [begins 30 March 2009], Brescia [begins 30 March 2009], Charleroi [begins 30 March 2009], Cuneo [begins 31 March 2009], Edinburgh [begins 31 March 2009], Forli, Genoa [begins 30 March 2009], Girona, Karlsruhe [begins 30 March 2009], Madrid, Manchester [begins 1 April 2009], Marseille [begins 31 March 2009], Milan-Orio al Serio, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino [begins 30 March 2009], Seville [begins 31 March 2009], Trieste [begins 30 March 2009], Treviso [begins 31 March 2009], Weeze [begins 31 March 2009])
  • Scandinavian Airlines System (Oslo)
  • Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels)
  • TUIfly (Cologne/Bonn, Munich, Stuttgart)
  • Volareweb (Milan-Malpensa)
  • Windjet (Forli)

HotelsWe have obtained 35 inexpensive rooms that are now available for you to make your reservations. To make a reservation please email Mr. Valentino Sanna: Identify yourself as a participant in the MSA Congress and include your name, address, email, telephone, arrival date, departure date, hotel preference, room type, name of roommate, etc. The Hotel Due Colonne requires a one-night deposit.

Hotel Mariò, 72 € Double & 65 € Single; 2 rooms
Via Genovesi 12/16 (in the historic upper town; requires climbing stairs or a taxi; elevator in the hotel) ALL ROOMS TAKEN

Hotel Due Colonne, 80 € Double; 70 € Double room as a Single; 58 € Single; 20 rooms (revised room rates from those announced in the Newsletter) ALL ROOMS TAKEN
Via Sardegna 4 (in the Lower Town)

Hotel DOMO, 72 € Double & 65 € Single; 13 rooms ALL ROOMS TAKEN
(in the Lower Town)

guest house Rose Rosse
Mob. (0039) 3920469732 Contact: Sara Grudina
nice rooms in a stylish building in the Castello district
(very close to the Cathedral S.Maria).

b&b Il Giardino Segreto
Mob. (0039) 3394784575 Contact: Maurizio
beautiful atmosphere with particular attention to details,
in the historic Stampace district.

guest house Maison Savoia
Mob. (0039) 3342088478 (0039) 3204270224
Phone/Fax (0039) 070678181
8 rooms with own bathroom on the romantic piazza Savoia,
Marina district.

Hotel Miramare
creative design in front of the harbour
in the central via Roma, Marina district.

We are working to find additional hotels and will post links. You may also want to book a hotel on your own.


New York Times Travel (Sardinia)

Restaurants in Sardinia


Congress Sites



Congress Site Universitá di Cagliari, Via Is Mirrionis, 1 - loc. “Sa Duchessa” - 09123 Cagliari


Abstracts CLICK HERE


Wednesday, May 27
4:00 Registration
4:30 Opening Session
7:30 Reception sponsored by Comune di Cagliari

Thursday, May 28
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee
9:00 – 11:00 Session 1
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 1:15 Session 2
1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)
3:00 – 5:00 Session 3

Friday, May 29
9:00 – 11:00 Session 4
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 1:15 Session 5
1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)
3:00 – 5:00 Session 6

Saturday, May 30
9:00 – 11:00 Session 7
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 1:15 Session 8
afternoon free
4:30 Closing reception sponsored by MSA


Receptions —

Excursions Wednesday; May 27

1. Walking tour of historic Cagliari, 9:30 - 12:30, $25. The walking tour will commence at the Due Colonne Hotel (Via Sardegna, 4).

2. Excursion to Su Nuraghi at Barumini, authentic Sardinian lunch included (with fantastic homemade pasta and meat) with wine, 9:30 - 3:00, $75.00. The bus pick-up will be across the street from the Due Colonne Hotel, at the taxi parking in Largo Carlo Felice beside the Town Hall building.

Post-Congress Tour, May 31 – June 4, 2009
(5 days, 4 nights),
tour of Sardinia and Corsica


Day 1: Sunday, May 31
Morning departure for Sant’Antioco lighthouse
Sant'Antioco is the fourth largest island in Italy after Sicily, Sardinia and Elba.It is located 87 km from Cagliari, and is connected by a modern bridge. The island of Sant'Antioco has been settled from at least the 5th millennium BC. The city of Sant'Antioco was founded in the 8th century BC by the Phoenicians and named Solki. Phoenician domination ended in the 2nd century BC when Solki was conquered by the Romans, who connected it to the mainland through an artificial isthmus. During Roman times, it was called Plumbaria, after its lead deposits. The current city name derives from St. Antiochus who evangelized the area and was martyred in 125 AD. After the end of the Western Roman Empire, Sant'Antioco was a fortified strongpoint of the Byzantines. It was repeatedly attacked by the Saracens from the early 8th century, and was gradually abandoned by the inhabitants, who fled in the more protected inner area. A new settlement was established around 935 but was also abandoned at a later date.
Overnight: Orroli


Day 2: Monday, June 1
Morning visit the Nuraghe Arrubiu in Orroli
The Orroli Nuraghes is one of the largest in Sardinia. It has five central towers complemented by a rampart with very thick walls. It was built between the thirteenth and ninth century BC. The outside is surrounded by a second ring of walls, formed by seven towers partially visible united by a wall. Beyond are the remains of a village of circular huts. The fortress, excluding the village, occupies an area of about 3,000 square meters.
Dinner and overnight in Bosa

Day 3: Tuesday, June 2
Tour in Bosa: medieval castle and village
Bosa was founded by the Phoenicians in 700 BC and ruled by the Carthagians from 550 – 212 BC. It is a charming town set in the Temo river valley near the sea. Bosa is the only riverside town in the whole of Sardinia. The river is intimately connected to the tradition and history of the town. Thanks to the fertility of its soil and its location, Bosa has been inhabited since ancient times. The territory is inundated with historical monuments like the Serravalle Castle, built by the Malaspina family in the XII century.

In the afternoon we will proceed to the Catalan Town of Alghero. The area of today's Alghero has been settled since pre-historical times. The so-called Ozieri culture was present here in the 4th millennium BC while the Nuraghe civilization was present from around 1500 BC and traces of Phoenician buildings have been found not far from the city. Alghero was founded around 1102 by the Genoese Doria family, as a fortified port. The Doria ruled it for centuries, apart from a brief period under Pisa (1283-1284). In 1353 it was captured by the Aragonese under Bernardo de Cabrera, and experienced the arrival of many Catalan colonists. In the early 16th century Alghero received the status of King's City (ciutat de l'Alguer) and developed economically. In 1720 Alghero and Sardinia were handed over to Piedmont and became part of Italy at the time of unification. During World War II (1943) Alghero was bombed and its historical center suffered heavy damage. After the end of the war Alghero became a popular tourist resort.
Overnight in Alghero

Day 4: Wednesday, June 3
Depart for Corsica
Arrival in Bonifacio: dinner and overnight.
Bonifacio has two prehistoric sites of some importance: the ancient cave shelter of Araguina-Sennola near the village of Capello just north of the city and a chambered tomb of Vasculacciu further north near Figari. The first is the site of the notable Lady of Bonifacio, a female burial carbon-dated to about 6570 BC, which is either late Mesolithic or Early Neolithic, and the second belongs to the Megalithic Culture and is dated to the Middle Neolithic.

Corsica was taken from the Roman Empire in 469 AD by Genseric, king of the Vandals, and recovered by the Eastern Empire in 534. Starting in 806 the Moors of Spain began to contend for the island and held it for a short time. The city of today was founded as a fortress by and subsequently named after Boniface II of Tuscany in 828. He had led a naval expedition to suppress the Saracens of North Africa and returned to build an unassailable fortress and naval base from which the domains of Tuscany could be defended at the outermost frontier. Most of the citadel postdates the 9th century or is of uncertain date but Il Torrione, a round tower, was certainly part of the original citadel.

Day 5. Thursday, June 4
Late afternoon return to Cagliari.

Optional: hotel rooms have been aranged for those wishing to say over night.


PAYMENT SCHEDULE: $650 per person based on double occupancy (single room supplement $175). Please make all checks payable to Mediterranean Studies Association; you may also charge your credit card (see below).
Deposit:  $100 due now ($200 deposit if today's date is after March 1)
2nd deposit:  $100 due on March 1
Balance due by April 15, 2009
NOTE: $100 can be taken as a tax deduction for US taxpayers.

This includes transportation, hotel room (4 nights), breakfast.
This does not include meals (other than those noted above), tips for guides and driver, entrance fees to sites, spending money, hotel incidentals.

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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