Call for Participants: Mediterranean Seminar/UCMRP Fall Workshop and Conference, Santa Barbara

The Mediterranean Seminar/University of California Multi-Campus Research Project and the Medieval Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara invite participants in a two-day, two-part event to be held on 9 & 10 November 2012 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Friday, 9 November
The UC Mediterranean Studies MRP Fall Workshop, “Excavating the Past,”
will feature three pre-circulated papers and a presentation by our featured scholar. All interested graduate students and scholars are welcome; pre-registration is required, and attendance is limited so please register soon. UC-affiliated scholars may register immediately, non-UC scholars on or after October 8.

Luca Zavagno (Visiting Research Fellow, Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Center, Princeton)
“Two Hegemonies, One Island: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads
(650-850 A.D.)”

Nikki Malain (Graduate Student, History, UC Santa Barbara)
“Predators and praeda: The Logistics of Piracy in the Twelfth-century Mediterranean”

Karen R. Mathews (Research Assistant Professor, Art & Art History, University of Miami)
“Anxiety of Origins: Shifting Conceptions of the Past in Genoese Historical Chronicles and Civic Architecture of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries”

Featured Scholar:
Marcus Milwright (Associate Professor of Islamic Art & Archaeology, Director of the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria)

Saturday, 10 November
“Digging up a Mediterranean Past? Archaeology and Comparative Material Culture”
A one-day conference sponsored by the UCSB Program in Medieval Studies.

The conference will feature a panel of local scholars, including John Lee, Chris Thomas, Claudio Fogu, and Fikret Yegül, discussing the archaeology of the Mediterranean, ranging from ancient Greek work to that of the Italian fascists. In the afternoon, there will be one or more sessions (TBA) with papers on topics such as early Medieval Venice, Venetian fortresses in the Morea, Ottoman pottery in the Levant, and archaeology and myth.
Full program available soon at

To register for the workshop and/or conference and receive the draft papers, please contact Courtney Mahaney ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz. UC-affiliated faculty and graduate students will be eligible for up to $350 for travel expenses; non-UC participants may apply but support will granted as available (and only after the workshop concludes).

The Mediterranean Seminar is an interdisciplinary scholarly forum the aim of which to promote collaborative research and the development of the field of Mediterranean Studies. The UC Mediterranean Studies Multi-Campus Research Project is funded by the UC Office of the President, and is administered by the Institute for Humanities Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

To join the Mediterranean Seminar, send your name, professional status, affiliation and fields of interest to

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