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Sponsors: Global Islamic Studies Center; Armenian Studies Program; Center for European Studies; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Anthropology; Department of Classical Studies; Department of Comparative Literature; Department of History; Department of History of Art; Department of Middle East Studies; Department of Romance Languages & Literatures; Frankel Center for Judaic Studies; Institute for the Humanities; U-M Office of Research  

Friday, October 26

9:15-10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00-10:20 Welcome and opening remarks
Karla Mallette (University of Michigan), Brian Catlos (University of Colorado, Boulder), and Sharon Kinoshita (University of  California, Santa Cruz)

10:20-11:35 Workshop
“Ottoman Herzegovina, Hinterland of the Adriatic”
Jesse Howell
(Harvard University)
Respondent: Joshua White (University of Virginia)

11:35-11:55 Participant introductions

11:55-12:15 Coffee break

12:15-1:30 Workshop
“Self-Fashioning: Isiac Portraiture in a Provincial Context”
Lindsey A. Mazurek
(University of Oregon)
Respondent: Sean Burrus (Bowdoin College Museum of Art)

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-3:45 Workshop
“Impossible Revolutions: The Medieval Slave Rebellion of the Zendj in Two Contemporary Algerian Narratives”
Martino Lovato
(Mt. Holyoke College)
Respondent: David Wacks (University of Oregon)

4:00-5:30 Keynote
“Art, Apocalypse, and Empire: Mediterranean Histories and Geographies between Chaos and Codification”
Persis Berlekamp (University of Chicago)

Saturday, October 27

9:30-10:15 Registration and coffee

10:15-10:30 Welcome and opening remarks

10:30-11:45 Roundtable
“Borders, Boundaries, and Limits in the Mediterranean”
Moderator: Brian Catlos
Hussein Fancy (University of Michigan)
Erasmo Castellani
(Duke University)
Paolo Squatriti (University of Michigan)
Laura Motta (University of Michigan)
Joshua White (University of Virginia)
Marianne Kupin (University of Rochester)
David Alvarez (Grand Valley State University)
Elizabeth Terry-Roisin (Austin College)

11:45-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-1:15 Roundtable
“The Margins of Mediterranean Studies”
Moderator: Sharon Kinoshita
Harry Eli Kashdan
(Harvard University)
Aileen Das (University of Michigan)
Paroma Chatterjee (University of Michigan)
Daniel Gullo (Malta Study Center, Hill Monastic and Manuscript Library)
Fred Astren (San Francisco State University)
David Williams (University of St Katherine)
Matthew Dudley (Yale University)

1:15-2:30 Lunch

2:30-4:00 Mediterranity from the Edge
Armenian Studies Panel
Moderator: Kathryn Babayan (University of Michigan)
Wendy Laura Belcher
(Princeton University) "Transmission in Medieval Marian Stories in the Levant, Europe, and Africa in a Comparative Perspective"
Cameron Cross (University of Michigan) "The Girl Next Door: Reading the Margin as a Site of Continuity"
Michael Pifer (University of Michigan) "Against Fate: Parsing Armenian Literary History from the Margins"
Respondent: Ryan Szpiech (University of Michigan)

Destination: Detroit / Communities of migration in metro Detroit

September 27-29, 2018

A conference exploring old and new stories about migration, immigration, and the city migrants built.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Global Islamic Studies Center; Armenian Studies Program; Arab and Muslim American Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Copernicus Program in Polish Studies; Institute for the Humanities; Latina/o Studies; Romance Languages and Literatures; Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Detroit School of Urban Studies
University of Michigan-Dearborn: Chancellor Daniel Little; College of Arts, Sciences and Letters; Center for Arab-American Studies