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ASP Workshop | "Mediterranity from the Edge" in Association with the Margins of the Mediterranean Seminar

Organizers: Michael Pifer, Lecturer, Department of Middle East Studies, U-M; and Cameron Cross, Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies, Department of Middle East Studies, U-M
Saturday, October 27, 2018
2:30-4:00 PM
Room 555 Weiser Hall Weiser Hall Map
This workshop is part of the "Margins of the Mediterranean" seminar which is meeting at the University of Michigan this year. For full workshop program, see

"Mediterranity from the Edge" seeks to offer a "view from the edge" into Mediterranean studies by looking at it from areas traditionally considered marginal to the Mediterranean world, either in terms of geography or representation in the field: Armenia, the Caucasus, Ethiopia, and the Iranian plateau.

The papers explore the various ways in which the cultural production of Armenia and other "peripheral" regions interfaced with the pre-modern Mediterranean world. It therefore invites a broader conversation about notions of periphery, border, and contact across so-called national, linguistic, or religious communities--concepts that can be productive and problematic in equal measure. As the workshop suggests, "marginality" as a concept can be utilized to rethink Mediterranean interconnectivity, both culturally and geographically, by considering every spot on the map as both a center and an edge.

Presentations will include:

"Transmission in Medieval Marian Stories in the Levant, Europe, and Africa in a Comparative Perspective"
Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton University

"The Girl Next Door: Reading the Margin as a Site of Continuity"
Cameron Cross, University of Michigan

"Against Fate: Parsing Armenian Literary History from the Margins"
Michael Pifer, University of Michigan

Respondent: Ryan Szpiech, University of Michigan

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to us ( at least 2 weeks in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

Attendance is free; registration required at
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: History, Middle East Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Armenian Studies, International Institute