The Mediterranean Seminar
Exhibition: Architectural Ornament in the Near East (20 July - 3 January: The Met, NYC)
A new exhibition focusing on architectural ornament from the late-antique and early-Islamic Near East is now on display in the Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery at... [read more...]

CFP: Medieval Philosophy/Ramon Llull (14-16 November 2016: Barcelona)
Proposals are being accepted for De Relatione: the 7Th International Ibero-American Congress of the Spanish Society for Medieval Philosophy on the Occasion of Ramon Llull’s Sev... [read more...]

CFP: Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic Imagination (23-25 June 2016: Istanbul)
Proposals are being accepted for the Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium on the topic of “Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic... [read more...]

Attend: Cultural Heritage in a Euro-Mediterranean Perspective (5-9 October: Procida)
A 5-day summer course organized under the aegis of the Modulo europeo Jean Monnet 2015 and the project ”C.H.E.M. - Cultural Heritage in a Euro-Mediterranean Perspective", n. 54... [read more...]

To Attend: Late Medieval and Early Modern Islamicate Intellectual History (25 July: Oxford)
The IMPAcT Colloquium on “Late Medieval and Early Modern Islamicate Intellectual History” will be held on 25 July 2015, at St Cross College, Oxford.

Sessions inclu... [read more...]

CFP: Transnational imaginaries: the Mediterranean past and presence (27-28 January, Busan, South Korea)
Paper proposals are being accepted for the 2016 International Mediterranean Conference, “Transnational imaginaries: the Mediterranean past and presence”, co-organised by the ... [read more...]

New Resource: Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World
Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World (http:/... [read more...]

On-line Resource: Byzantine Chronicle
The "Byzantine Chronicle" web site ( [read more...]

On-line Resource: Unlocking historic landscapes in the eastern Mediterranean
In many areas of the Eastern Mediterranean there are landscapes exhibiting exceptional time-depth, where the historic landscape is made up of visible features from many different... [read more...]

To Attend: Mediterranean Worlds 7 (15-17 September, Toulon)
MedWorlds 7, the 7e Colloque international des Mondes Méditerranéens on the subject “The Continuité et rupture dans les échanges en Méditerranée” will take place ... [read more...]

New Series: Non-Muslim Contributions to Islamic Civilisation (Edinburgh University Press)
Non-Muslim Contributions to Islamic Civilisation, published by Edinburgh University Press, with series editors Carole Hillenbrand and Myriam Wissa is a new book series which devi... [read more...]

CFP: Interfaith Relations in the Fourteenth Century (Kalamazoo)
The Fourteenth Century Society is sponsoring the session “Interfaith Relations in the Fourteenth Century” at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies which takes place... [read more...]

To Attend: Non-Muslim contributions to Islamic civilisation (London: 2 July)
The colloquium “Chapter and verse of Non-Muslim Contributions to Islamic Civilisation,” organized by Myriam Wissa, with the support of James Faulconer, Academic Director of B... [read more...]

New Resource: Atlas du Patrimoine Archéologique Littorale Méditerranéen

Né de la volonté de mettre à disposition de tous une part méconnue du patrimoine culturel, l’Atlas PALM propose de mettre en ligne et en lumière 60 années de découver... [read more...]

Call for Submissions: Mediterranean Gender, Citizenship, and Immigration (Journal of Levantine Studies)
The Journal of Levantine Studies is accepting proposals for a special issue on "Gender, Citizenship, and Immigration: A Comparative Perspective on the Mediterranean,” ... [read more...]

New Journal: Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge
Proposals for articles are now being accepted for Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge, a recently created international journal focusing on va... [read more...]

EXTENDED - CFP: Power and the Mediterranean (13-15 November: Ann Arbor MI)
Paper proposals are being accepted for the conference Power and the Mediterranean to be held on 13-15 November 2015 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The keynote speaker ... [read more...]

CFP: “Images, Youth and Society in the Arab World and Mediterranean" (14-15 January Marseille)
ARVIMM (The Research Group on Visual Arts of the Muslim World of the... [read more...]

Resource - Islamic Architecture Pedagogy Project

Resource: Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
The PBE I Online edition (,  presents the res... [read more...]

To Attend: Holy Sites in the Mediterranean (Marseille 3-5 June)

Apply: Position in Medieval History (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Faculty of Cultural Stu... [read more...]

CFP: Mediterranean Farming, Food Security & Peasant Resistance (Beja: 29—31 October)
The "Tunisian-Mediterranean Association for Historical, Social and Economic Studies" (TMA/HSES) & "Tunisian World Center for Studies, Research, and Development" (TWC/SRD) wil... [read more...]

To Attend: Elements of proof and commercial litigations in the Mediterranean (Paris: 18-20 June)
The European Research Council (Programme Mediterranean Reconfigurations), the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine ... [read more...]

Apply: Slavery in Mediterranean Europe (Naples: 5-9 October)
Applications are being accepted for the 2nd Seminar of Doctoral Studies on the History and Economy in the Mediterranean Countries SLAVERY IN MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE:LABOUR, MOVEMENT... [read more...]

Doctoral Fellowships: Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2015-16)
The Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters invites applications for a number of doctoral scholarships starting 1st October 2015. The scholarships will ... [read more...]

CFP: Cross Cultural Encounters, Identity and the Marginalized (Istanbul, 26-28 July)
This two-day multidisciplinary “International Conference on Cross Cultural Encounters, Identity and the Marginalized (ICCCEIM 2015)” seeks to examine past and present migrant... [read more...]

Attend: Francis I & the East (Venice, 19 May)

The conference, “Le lys et le croissant : François Ier et l’Orient” sponsored by Gruppo di Studio sul Cinquecento Francese will take place on 19 May 2015 at Università... [read more...]

CFP: The Medici and the Sea (Renaissance Society of America: 31 March - 2 April 2016, Boston)
A call for papers: The Medici and the Sea: Things on the Move and Grand Ducal Tuscany”  is being sent out for a session to be held at the Renaissance Society of America An... [read more...]

To Attend: Islands and Frontiers in the Early Modern and Modern Mediterranean (14-16 May, Palermo)
The international symposium “Itinera. Nuove prospettive della ricerca storica e geografica
Isole e frontiere nel Mediterraneo moderno e contemporaneo,” will take place in Pa... [read more...]

Overview & Administration

The Mediterranean Seminar is based at the Center for Mediterranean Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. We sponsor a range of activities and programs related to the study (both research and teaching) of the Mediterranean as a region, with an emphasis on the Pre- and Early Modern periods. At the University of California, we are supported by the UC Office of the President and the UCSC Division of Humanities, and are administered by the Institute for Humanities Research (UCSC); we manage an inter-disciplinary research group and collaborate regularly with the departments of History and Literature, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Classics Program. Our Mediterranean Studies Multi-Campus Research Project involves eight UC campuses and is at the center of the Mediterranean Consortium, a network of scholarly projects based in North America and Europe. At CU Boulder, our Mediterranean Studies Group is supported by an Innovative Seed Grant from the College of Arts & Sciences, and by a number of departments, programs and centers. Through our UC system-wide and external programs and publication series, we collaborate with a network of some 500 scholars across North America and the world, and regularly organize conferences, workshops, panels, and events at the University of California, in North America and in Europe. Our NEH Summer Institutes for University and College Professors (held biennially in Barcelona, Spain) have been successful and acclaimed. In 2012, we will be launching a new series of monographs and essay collections with Palgrave Macmillan.

To join as an Associate, or to propose collaborative scholarly ventures relating to Mediterranean Studies, please contact us.

 Brian A. Catlos (History, UCSC/Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder) 
 Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, UCSC)

Program Coordinator:
Aaron Stamper (Religious Studies & History, University of Colorado at Boulder)

Administrative Support:
Courtney Mahaney (IHR, UCSC)

General inquiries should be sent to: mailbox at mediterraneanseminar dot org

The Mediterranean Seminar
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