13th Annual Mediterranean Studies Congress

Universidad de Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain

May 26 – 29, 2010


Wednesday, May 26


Optional excursion

10:00 – 1:00

Walking-tour of Salamanca (pre-registration required). Please meet our guide in the Plaza Mayor at the entrance of the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), where all the flags are flying.


Universidad de Salamanca. Edificio Histórico. Patio de Escuelas, 1

5:00 Registration opens

6:30 Opening Session

7:30 Reception hosted by the University of Salamanca



Thursday, May 27

Universidad de Salamanca. Edificio Histórico. Patio de Escuelas, 1


8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee


Thursday 9:00 – 11:00


1A. Myth in the Mediterranean: A Diachronic Approach

Chair: Vaios Vaiopoulos, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

Athena Hadji, Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia, “Et in Arcadia ego: Flight or Return? The Mythological Dimensions of the Reception of the Greek Landscape”

Ioanna L. Hadjicosti, Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia, “The Weighing of Souls: The Motif of “Psychostasia” from Homer to Byzantium”

Stella Souvatzi, Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia, “Before and Behind Greek Myths or the Past in the Past: Symbolism, Ideology and Tradition in Greek Prehistory and Its Role in the Making of Memory and Continuity”


1B. Identity and Culture in the Western Mediterranean: Four Cases from the Middle Ages

Chair: Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Michelle Hamilton, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Identity and Death in a Hebrew aljamiado Version of the Danza de la muerte

François Menant, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, “Identity and Emigration, 12th-14th Centuries: Shepherds, Ironworkers and Dockers from Bergamo throughout Italy and the Mediterranean”

Kathryn Reyerson, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Maritime Identity and Culture in Aigues-Mortes ca. 1300”

Mary Quinn, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, “Morisco Identity in Late Medieval Iberian Cultural Production”


1C. Transnational Identities I
Chair: Faith Harden, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Richard Bonanno, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, “Boston’s Italian-American Death Memorials”
Daniel Enrique Perez, University of Nevada, Reno, “Migrants and Empires: Love, Hate, and Economic (Co)Dependency”
Jaione Markaida, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, “Spain: From ‘Immigrants Welcome’ to a Diplomatic Offensive to Regulate the Influx of Immigration”


1D. An Example of Cultural Adaptation / Cultural Transformation: Settled Europeans in Alanya, Turkey

Chair: Yesim Ocak, Maltepe University, Turkey

Filiz Susar-Özdıl, Maltepe University, Turkey, “An Applied Example, Used by Local Government, as a Means of Communication while Searching for Solutions: The Assembly of Foreigners”

Mine Saran, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey, “Intercultural Communication Barriers and the Role of the Social Capital and the Social Network while Overcoming Them: An Example: The Settled Europeans in Alanya”

Mustafa Kara, Maltepe University, Turkey, “An Example of Time and Space Variation in the Interaction of Different Cultures: Foreign Immigrants in Alanya: SNOW BIRDS

Yesim Ocak, “The Effect of the Foreign Immigrant and the Companies with Foreign Investment on the Local Economy of Alanya”


1E. Early Modern Drama Part I: Cultural Encounters

Chair: Gaywyn Moore, University of Kansas, Lawrence,

Susan O. Shapiro, University of Kansas, Lawrence, “Global Shakespeare: Black Tents and Trade Routes in 16th-century Africa”

Gaywyn Moore, “Stranger Merchants and the Stranger Monarch in James’ Royal Entry”

David Bergeron, University of Kansas, Lawrence, “Hamlet’s Letters”

Richard Raspa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, “Petruchio’s Paradoxical Intervention in The Taming of the Shrew: Inducing Change by Discouraging It”


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


Thursday 11:15 – 1:15


2A. Transnational Identities II

Chair: M. Rebecca Leuchak, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

Elizabeth A. Kuznesof, University of Kansas, Lawrence, “The Brazilian Family in the Atlantic World: A Transnational Nineteenth-Century Perspective”

Pedro de Brito, Porto, Portugal, “British and Portuguese at the Battle of Salamanca, or the Arapiles (1812)”

Martine Antle, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, “Mediterranean Travelers and Intercultural Gazes on the Other in Nerval’s Era”

Anita Herzfeld, University of Kansas, Lawrence, “Catchers of identities: ‘Lunfardismos’ of the 21st Century”


2B. Roundtable Discussion. Up for Debate: The Usefulness of a Mediterranean and Northern European Model in Addressing the Practice of Clerical Concubinage in the Middle Ages

Chair: Michelle Armstrong-Partida, University of California, Los Angeles

P. H. Cullum, University of Huddersfield, UK, “Patterns of Marriage and Household Formation in North-West Europe and Mediterranean Europe: Possible Effects on Patterns of Clerical Concubinage in Late Medieval Europe”

Michelle Armstrong-Partida, “The Evidence from Two Spanish Kingdoms: Why a ‘Mediterranean’ Model of Clerical Concubinage is Problematic”

Anthony Perron, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, “Arma non sumant/Armis, non precibus, deo libamenta daturus: Clerical Reform and the Ambiguity of Violence in Scandinavia, 1150-1250”


2C. Multiculturalism in the Eastern Mediterranean

Chair: Veloudia Papadopoulou-Sideri, University of Athens, Greece

Christos G. Karagiannis, University of Athens, Greece, “The Expansion of Mediterranean Judaism and the Synagogue of Delos: An Historical and Archaeological Approach”

Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos, University of Athens, Greece, “John Chrysostom contra Judaism: The Development of St. Paul’s Theology”

Marina Kolovopoulou, University of Athens, Greece, “Alexandria: A City of Culture, Major Representatives and Issues of its Spiritual Thought”

Ioannis Panagiotopoulos, Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia, “The Christianization of the Southeastern Mediterranean Judean Communities: Tolerance and Ferocity”


2D. Second Language Acquisition: Grammatical Tradition of Portuguese Grammars to Learn Portuguese as a Second Language

Chair: Maria João Marçalo, University of Évora, Portugal

Ana Alexandra Silva, University of Évora, Portugal, “A Portuguese and English Grammar”

Maria João Marçalo, University of Évora, Portugal, “A comparative view of the Spanish and Portuguese Languages”

Maria do Céu Fonseca, University of Évora, Portugal, “La enseñanza del portugués como lengua extranjera en gramáticas antiguas”


1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)


Thursday 3:00 – 5:00


3A. Poets of the Italian Diaspora

Chair: Luigi Bonaffini, Brooklyn College, New York

Elis Deghenghi Olujić, Universitŕ di Pola Juraj Dobrila, Croatia, “La letteratura della Comunitŕ Nazionale Italiana (CNI) di Croazia e Slovenia”

Immacolata Amodeo, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany, “Literature of Authors of Italian Origin in Germany: Representation, Institutionalization, Aesthetics”

Giose Rimanelli, State University of New York, Albany, “Rethinking Poetry” CANCELLED


3B. Medieval History I

Chair: Renan Frighetto, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Renan Frighetto, “Gens fortis et potentissima: la idea de identidad en el reino hispanovisigodo de Toledo, según el pensamiento politico de Isidoro de Servilla (siglo VII)”

Ieva Reklaityte, University of Zaragoza, “‘The Saracens are very skilled in constructing aqueducts’: The Importance and Uses of Water in the Medieval Islamic World”

Barbara Boloix-Gallardo, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, “Nasrid Naval Power in the Mediterranean Area (XIII-XV Centuries)”


3C. Aspects of the Past in the Eastern Mediterranean: History, Strategies, and Perceptions

Chair: Aristea Sideri-Tolia, University of Peloponnese, Kalamata, Greece

Kalomira Mataranga, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, “Ruses of War and Stratagems in the Classical Greek World”

Ilias Giarenis, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, “Cyprus between Byzantium and the Arabs (7th-10th Centuries): A Condominium?”

Georgios Papaioannou, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, “Viewing the Past Digitally: Digitizing and Promoting Multiculturalism in the Museum of Margariti, North-Western Greece”


3D. Mediterranean Historicity and Diversity I. Sponsored by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea

Chair: Mohammed Selim, Kuwait University

Youn Yong Su, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “Arabic Neologism in the Medieval Ages”

Heejung Kim, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “The Melting Pot, Trieste: The Jews in Trieste”

Seoung-Yun Shin, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “A Study in Linguistic Interactions between Classical Hebrew and Aramaic in Ancient Israel”

Hwang Eui-Gab, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “A Study of the Pilgrimage”


3E. Mediterranean Cultural Studies I

Chair: Ana Clara Birrento, University of Évora, Portugal

Rengina Kasimati, Academy of Athens, Greece, “San Leo: A Questionable Tradition: An Ethnographic Approach to the Rhetorical Battles between two Villages of South Italy (Bova and Africo) about the Fathership of the Saint” CANCELLED

Jennifer Roberson, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, “Building Authenticity: King Hassan II of Morocco”

Belén Senés García, Universidad de Granada, “Sustainable Development in Andalusian Cities through the City 21 Program”




Friday, May 28

Universidad de Salamanca. Edificio Histórico. Patio de Escuelas, 1


Friday 9:00 – 11:00


4A. Mediterranean Perspectives

Chair: Ana del Campo Gutiérrez, Universidad de Zaragoza

Ana Clara Birrento, University of Évora, Portugal, “Victorian Perspectives on the Mediterranean”

Sheryl Lynn Postman, University of Massachusetts Lowell, “La guerra nace con nosotros: Las guerrras de nuestros antepasados de Miguel Delibes” CANCELLED

Frank Runcie, Université de Montréal, Canada, “Midnight in Sicily: On the Possibilities of History-Writing”


4B. Medieval History II

Chair: Lorraine Attreed, Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts

James F. Powers, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, “Interrupted Combat and the Gender of Interference: The Salamanca Example”

Jaime Leaños, University of Nevada, Reno, “Opportunism or Self Awareness: The Misunderstood Persona of Pope Pius II”

David D. Terry, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, “Jewish Life and Death in the Medieval Mediterranean: Latinate Wills from Venetian Crete”

Glenn W. Olsen, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, “Reflections on a Giotto Exhibit: Does Joseph Ratzinger’s The Spirit of the Liturgy Satisfactorily Draw the Liturgical Differences between East and West in the Late Middle Ages?”


4C. Literature I

Chair: Susan Rosenstreich, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York

Kathryn Klingebiel, University of Hawaii, Manoa, “Stando, sedendo: Formal and Semantic expression of permanence in the poetry of the troubadours”

Filippo Naitana, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, “Beyond the Mediterranean: Dante, Pulci and the Cosmography of Salvation”

Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, “The Components of Shakespeare’s Humanism”


4D. Bonaparte’s Retreat

Regina Mezei, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, New Jersey


A 1/2 hour documentary film describes Joseph Bonaparte’s sojourn in America after Waterloo. He spent 18 years in Bordentown NJ, while also owning property in and participating in the cultural life of Philadelphia. The film focuses on his estate, his life in the town, and his cultural contributions to the region. This film will be of particular interest to those who may not be aware of the details of Joseph Bonaparte’s exile in America. A discussion will follow.


4E. Mediterranean Cultural Studies II

Chair: Ieva Reklaityte, University of Zaragoza

Onur Yildirim and Seven Agir, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, “The Politics of Food in the Mediterranean: The Battle for Bread in the Eighteenth-Century Madrid and Istanbul”

Nedim Nomer, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, “The Idea of Culture: A View from Turkey”

Pinar Eraslan-Yayinoglu, Kocaeli University, Turkey, “Exploring Media Ownership and Publishing Policies among European Residents in a Cosmopolitan County Borough of Turkey: The Case of Alanya”

Ayhan Akman, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, “Politics, Religion and Civil Society in Turkey and Greece”


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


Friday 11:15 – 1:15


5A. Art History

Chair: Rogério Vieira de Almeida, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Mindy Nancarrow, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, “Representing Perpetual Perfection: Problems in the Iconography of the Virgin” CANCELLED

Annette Weber, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg, Germany, “Convivencia and Cultural Transfer: Jewish Architecture and Art in the Era of the Spanish Reconquistà and Beyond”

Memory Holloway, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, “Salazar’s Boots: Women, Power and Authority in the Work of Paula Rego”

Rogério Vieira de Almeida, “Why Can’t We Play? Rural Courtyards, Urban Squares: Popular Cultural Activity as a Spatial Defining Device in ‘Peripheral Central Places’”


5B. Ancient Greece and Rome

Chair: Mary M. Rowan, Brooklyn College, New York

Eleni Pachoumi, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, “The Curse of Eros in the Greek Erotic Spells and defixiones of the Ancient Mediterranean world”

Jessica Ambler, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Hannibal is Inside the Gates!”

Zeynep Akture, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey, “Theatre-Construction in the Cultural Milieu of the Roman Hispania: Precedents and Antecedents” CANCELLED


5C. Literature, History, & Philosophy

Chair: Joseph A. Agee, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Luis Cortest, University of Oklahoma, Norman, “Moshe Almosnino’s Regimiento de la vida as a Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean Portrait”

Paul S. Vickery, “The School of Salamanca, Moral Theology, and the New World” CANCELLED

Deina Abdelkader, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Western Liberal Political Thought and the ‘Stillborn God’”

Joseph A. Agee,“Ortega y Gasset: Philosophy or Literature?”


5D. Theater and Film

Chair: Phillip Drummond, New York University in London, UK

Ala Sivas, Istanbul Commerce University, Turkey, “Nuovo Cinema Italia”

Flavia Laviosa, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, “Honor Crimes in the Mediterranean: Definitions, Sociology, and Legal Issues of this Cultural Practice and their Representations in Cinema”

A screening of “Un Chien Andalou” (dirs. Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, France, 1929, 17 mins.)

Phillip Drummond, “Textual Space in ‘Un Chien Andalou’”


5E. “Self” and “Others” Face-to-Face: Defining Identity in Late Medieval Urban Iberia

Chair: José Antonio Jara Fuente, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca

José Antonio Jara Fuente, “Taxing identities in medieval Castile: Short-circuiting privileged status in the city of Cuenca in the fifteenth century”

Juan Antonio Barrio Barrio, Universidad de Alicante, “The ‘Otherness’ within the ‘Otherness’: Forging of Identities among Jewish Conversos in the Kingdom of Valencia in the Late Middle Ages”

Hermínia Vasconcelos Vilar, Universidade de Évora, Portugal, “Towns and Cathedrals in Medieval Portugal”


1:15 – 3:00 Lunch (on your own)


Friday 3:00 – 5:00


6A. Renaissance Studies I

Chair: William D. Phillips, Jr., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Susan Rosenstreich, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York, “The French in Florida: Making the World Right Again”

Jane Tar, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, “Mother Luisa de la Ascension, the Nun of Carrion: Celebrity and the Inquisition in Seventeenth-Century Spain”

Michelle McKinley, University of Oregon, Eugene, “Continuities and Disjunctures in Ibero-American Slavery”


6B. Discourses of Empire in Habsburg Italy: Policies, Forms, and Ideas

Chair: Thomas J. Dandelet, University of California, Berkeley

William S. Goldman, Stanford University, California, “The Political Culture of Peace: Spanish Foreign Policy during the Venetian Interdict Crisis, 1605-7”

Sabina de Cavi, Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium, “Burgundian Court Etiquette in Spanish Naples”

Thomas J. Dandelet, “An Early Modern Symposium on Empire: The Neapolitan Academy of the Spanish Viceroy, the Duke of Medinaceli”


6C. Literature II

Chair: Robert G. Collmer, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Ana del Campo Gutiérrez, Universidad de Zaragoza, “Ya por ojo la Muerte ve que vien: Los signos anunciadores del deceso y la agonía en la Edad Media”

Sarissa Carneiro Araújo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Infortunio y virtud: el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, lector de Petrarca y de Vives

Faith Harden, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, “Angels, Demons, and Autobiographical Self-Fashioning in Jerónimo de Pasamonte’s Vida y trabajos

Ana Luisa Vilela, and Fabio Mario da Silva, University of Évora, Portugal, “Two Iberian Authors of the 17th Century: Bernarda De Lacerda and Mariana De Luna”


6D. Mediterranean Cultural Studies III

Chair: Orna Almog, Kingston University, UK

Sen Yuksel, Dogus University, Istanbul, Turkey, “Investigation of Antioch City in the Context of Mediterranean Architecture”

Orna Almog, “No More War: The Role of Leadership in the Arab-Israeli Conflict”

Liora Gvion, Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel, “‘I’d like to have hummus, tahini and shishlik’: Palestinian Restaurants in Israel as Political Arenas for Experiencing Leisure”

Elena Moreddu, University of Sassari, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, “Lingering over Play: The Status of Art in Relations between Men and Places”




Saturday, May 29

Universidad de Salamanca. Edificio Histórico. Patio de Escuelas, 1


Saturday 9:00 – 11:00


7A. El papel de la intolerancia en el Renacimiento

Chair: María Martín Gómez, Universidad de Salamanca

María Martín Gómez, “El poder de la intolerancia en la Universidad salmantina del siglo XVI”

Doris Moreno Martínez, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, “El dominico Fray Juan de Villagarcía y su Diálogo llamado cadena de oro ... para atraer a los herejes (1562)”

Rosa Benéitez Andres, Universidad de Salamanca, “La ‘contra-representación’ de las identidades en François Rabelais y Enrique Marty: dos maneras de convivir con la intolerancia”


7B. Renaissance Studies II

Chair: James F. Powers, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

Lorraine Attreed, Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, “Places in the Heart: Architecture & the Politics of Gender in the Life of Margaret of Austria (1480-1530)”

Javier Quinteros Cortés, Universidad de Almería, “Mercado Negro y Redes Económico-Políticas: el clan Rey en el Reino de Murcia (1474-1504)”

Cássio da Silva Fernandes, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, “The Commentarii de Piccolomini and the Narrative of the Vita in the Italian Renaissance”

Dan Crews, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, “Deconstruction of Valdesian Justification, 1542-1525”


7C. Music and Drama

Chair: Flavia Laviosa, Wellesley College, Massachusetts

Incoronata Inserra, University of Hawaii at Manoa, “Re-imagining the Mediterranean through the Southern Italian Folk Music Revival”

Zeynep Barut, İstanbul Technical University, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Turkey, “An Overview of Classical Turkish Music”

Şerife Güvençoğlu, İstanbul Technical University, State Conservatory of Turkish Music, Turkey, “Ottoman’s Harem and Music”

Rosemari Bendlin Calzavara, Universidade Norte do Paraná, Londrina, Brazil, “A interpretação dramática da história”


7D. Mediterranean Historicity and Diversity II. Sponsored by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea

Chair: Mohammed Selim, Kuwait University

Jayoung Che, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “A Shift of the Military and Social Structures of the Byzantine Empire : On the Mutation of the Thema System”

Nina Chang, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “En quoi peut contribuer IMS (Institute for Mediterranean Studies) à l’étude méditerranéenne en Corée?”

Juin Lim, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “Novelas ejemplares y amorosas: la identidad femenina y el honor”

Jae-Hoon Choi, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea, “A Study on the Cognition and Responses to Middle Eastern Terrorism”


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


Saturday 11:15 – 1:15  


8A. Medieval History III

Chair: James D. Ryan, CUNY, New York

Luigi Andrea Berto, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, “Narrating a Crisis: The Decline of the Lombards in the Chronicles of Saint Benedict of Cassino

Anna Katharina Angermann, University of Heidelberg, Germany, “The ‘Franks’ and the ‘Saracens’ – Exploring narratives of border and transgression: A case study of the raid on Alexandria in 1365”

Teresa Sartore Senigaglia, University of Heidelberg, Germany, “The Empty Ghetto: Transcultural Interactions in Medieval Rhodes”


8B. Political Thought and the Art of Government in the Wake of Machiavelli

Chair: Dan Reff, Ohio State University, Columbus

Dan Reff, “Machiavelli, the Jesuits, and Reason of State”

Beatriz Helena Domingues, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil, “Machiavellianism and Thomism in the Writings of the Portuguese Jesuit Antonio Vieira”

Luiz César de Sá Júnior, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil, “Damião de Gois between Lusitanitas and the Christian Republic: Notes about the Insertion of the Humanist among Erudite Entourages in Europe, 1533-1542”


8C. Mediterranean Cultural Studies IV

Chair: Joseph A. Agee, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Evy Johanne Håland, Bergen, Norway,Saints, Snakes and Healing in Modern and Ancient Greece and Italy”

Olga Solodyankina, Cherepovets State University, Vologda, Russia, “The Mediterranean in Foreign Governesses and Tutors’ Activity in Tsarist Russia”

Manos Perakis, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece, “An Eastern Mediterranean Island during the Era of Nationalism: Muslim Departure and Land Redistribution in Crete during the Autonomy Period (1898-1913)”

Robert G. Collmer, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, “A Twisted Trail: Borges and Me (and Eco and Theroux)”


Afternoon free


Saturday 7:30

Patio de Escuelas Menores

Closing reception sponsored by MSA.