The University of Colorado Mediterranean Studies Group

The CU Mediterranean Studies Group is open to interested faculty and graduate students from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences programs at CU Boulder and neighboring institutions, as well as to the Colorado community. Its aim is to develop Mediterranean Studies at CU Boulder and promote interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion among the broadest possible spectrum, with a view to encouraging research and teaching in the emerging field of Mediterranean Studies. We seek to explore categories of historical and cultural analysis that present alternatives to established national, “civilizational” and continental paradigms and emphasize conflict, exchange and interaction among diverse ethnic, religious and cultural collectives as a force behind innovation and historical development in a wide range of human endeavors. Through the Mediterranean, we seek to interrogate, assess and revise established heuristic categories and the teleological narratives that have emerged out of post-Enlightenment northern European scholarship and that have exercised an effective monopoly on our conception of Modernity and its emergence, and on the nature of cultural identity in general. Our focus is centered on but not limited to the Mediterranean region; scholars working on comparable problems in other regions and other aspects of “Oceanic Studies” are most welcome.

The group focuses particularly on questions relating to ethno-religious and ethno-cultural identity and its construction, inter-communal relations, cross-cultural exchange, innovation and artistic production, movement and migration, the development and expression of hegemonic power and of empire, the role of economics and commerce in these processes. Although the period from late Antiquity to the Early Modern is emphasized, we engage with these themes through the whole of Mediterranean history, from the Neolithic to the Present.

We welcome proposals and suggestions from CU faculty and graduate students for reading group sessions, seminars or works-in-progress workshops both for the present academic year and future.

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Our program for 2019-20is currently being finalized but will include faculty workshops, visits by outside scholars, and,funding permitting, one-day international conference in April. CU faculty and graduate students can apply for support to attend the Mediterranean Seminar workshops (at the University of Toronto in October, the University of Rochester in February, and The Ohio State University in April).

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Upcoming Events

2019-2020 Program

Monday 11 May to Friday 15 May 2020: Summer Skills Seminar – Introduction to the Archive of the Crown of Aragon (Boulder CO)

# Friday 24 April & Saturday 25 April 2020: "The Global Mediterranean" Mediterranean Seminar Spring 2020 Workshop, sponsored by the Ohio State University (Columbus OH).

April 2020: a talk by Dr. Roser Salicru (Medieval Studies: CSIC); details TBA

April 2020: a talk by Prof. Alessandro Bottelli (History: Università di Messina); details TBA

# Friday 21 February & Saturday 22 February 2020: ""Emotions, Passions, and Feelings"" Mediterranean Seminar Winter 2020 Workshop, sponsored by the University of Rochester (Rochester NY).

December 2019: a talk by Prof. Blanca Garí (History: Universitat de Barcelona); details TBA

November 2019: a talk by Prof. Borja Franco (History: UNED); details TBA

November 2019: a talk by Prof Hiroshi Takayama (History: Tokyo University); details TBA

Tuesday, 29 October 2019: ConTacto: Experiencias táctiles de lo sagrado y la divinidad en la Edad Media “ a lecture in Spanish by Prof. Blanca Garí (Medieval History: Universitat de Barcelona), 10–11am at the Rose Room (McKenna).Coffee and refreshments provided. Please register with Barbara Middlebrook (

# Friday 4 October & Saturday 5 October 2019: "Violence," Mediterranean Seminar Fall 2019 Workshop, sponsored by the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (Collegeville MN). Featuring a keynote lecture, “‘Blood of God! Bowels of God!’: Violence and the Order of Malta” by Emanuel Buttigieg: University of Malta. Full program here.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019: “Books, Printing & Printers & Eighteenth-Century Spain,” featuring Dr. Albert Corbeto (Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona), including “Minerva en la imprenta:La mujer en las artes del libro, de la idealización alegórica al silencio sobre su actividad en los negocios tipográficos,” a lecture (in Spanish) from 11am–noon at the Rec Center’s Medium Ice Rink Overlook Room and at from 4:30–6pm in CASE E422, “Enlightening the Black Legend. Printing and the Book in Eighteenth-Century Spain,” a talk followed by a panel discussion, featuring:  Chris Braider (FRIT),  Andrés Prieto (SPAN),  Núría Silleras-Fernández (SPAN),  John Stevenson (ENGL)

2018-2019 Program

# Saturday, 13 July 2019: “Catalonia, the Crown of Aragon and the Pre-Modern Mediterranean: Politics, Language, Culture” at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), featuring;
• Pamela Beattie (University of Louisville): “Mediterranean Eschatological Spirituality in Ramon Llull’s Llibre contra anticrist/Liber contra Antichristum”
• Noel Blanco Mourelle (University of Chicago): “Arnau de Vilanova’s Alphabetum Catholicorum: Apocalyptic Medicine for the Soul”
• Keith Budner (UC Berkeley): “A School in Huesca and Ceremony in Naples: Quintus Sertorius within Aragonese Cultural Production, ca 1375–1490” [cancelled]

# Wednesday, 10 July 2019:”Movement, Mobility and Mediterranean Culture” and “Iberian Connectivity: Travels, Expulsions, and Cultural Production in the Mediterranean“: two sessions at the biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona), featuring:
• Dana Katz (Hebrew University):”Mobility and Exchange in the Satellite Residences of the Royal Parklands in Norman Sicily”
• María Marcos Cobaleda (Universidad de Málaga): “Common Points of the Medieval Mediterranean Culture: An Approach from the Application of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the Study of the Artistic Exchanges”
• Uri Shachar (Ben-Gurion University): “The Travel of Cultures in Late Medieval Mediterranean Epics”
• Núria Silleras-Fernández (University of Colorado Boulder): “Urgell vs. Trastámara: Dynastic Change and Cultural Production in a Mediterranean Framework”
• Rebeca Orellana Capriles (University of Colorado Boulder):”A Case of Mobility: The Incessant Travels of Dom Pedro de Portugal”
• Michelle M. Hamilton (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities): “Hostile Histories: The Catholic Monarchs in Jewish and Muslim Histories.”
• Theresa Earenfight (Seattle University): “An Infanta Travels: Catalina of Aragon, 1485–1506”

# Tuesday, 28 May 2019: Cristianos y musulmanes: Paz y Conflicto en el Mediterráneo Medieval” a one-day symposium sponsored and hosted by the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Rom (Rome), curated by Brian Catlos, and featuring: Santiago Palacios Ontalva (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Roser Salicrú i Lluch (CSIC, Barcelona), and Alessandro Vanoli (author).

# Friday & Saturday, 3 & 4 May 2019: Captivity and Ransom”: organized with Amy Remensnyder (Brown University) at Brown University (Providence RI), featuring:
• “From Captivity to Family: Iranian Perspectives on the Arsacids of Rome” Jake Nabel (UCLA)
Respondent: John Bodel (Brown University)
• “Identity, Value, Price, Mobility: The Market of Captives and Slaves in Early Modern Naples and Valencia” Fabrizio Filioli Uranio (Universidad de Valencia/Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Respondent: Daniel Hershenzon (University of Connecticut)
• “French Captivity Narratives as Literary Genre” Filippo Screpanti (Duke University)
Respondent: Oumelbanine Zhiri, (UC San Diego)
Keynote Lecture: “Turning Turks: Muslim Slaves and Catholic Conversion in Early Modern France” • Gillian Weiss (Case Western Reserve)
Round Table 1: Was captivity a contributor to inter-cultural rapprochement or opposi- tion? Besides captivity, what other mechanisms of constraint character- ized Mediterranean exchanges?
Round Table 2: Was there something distinctly “Mediterranean” about Mediterranean captivity?
Round Table 3: How did gender and captivity shape each other in the premodern Mediterranean?

Monday, 29 April 2019: Pierre Savy (École Française de Rome), “Jews as Political Actors? Minorities and Political Processes in Pre-Modern Italy“ • 4pm • UMC 415-417 • Coffee and light refreshments for registered attendees For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

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Thursday, 25 April 2019: Patricia Grieve (Columbia University), “Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean“ •  3:30pm • Rose Room, McKenna, Coffee and light refreshments for registered attendees For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

Wednesday, 17 April 2019: an international colloquium: Muslims and Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe – New Directions • 9:15am—5pm: Physics Skybox,
Featuring: Thomas Burman (Medieval Studies: Notre Dame) • Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, CU Boulder) • Monica Colominas Aparicio (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) • Céline Dauverd (History: CU Boulder) • Alejandro García Sanjuán (History: Universidad de Huelva) • Claire Gilbert (History: St. Louis University) • Mayte Green-Mercado (History: Rutgers-Newark) • Daniel Koenig (History: University of Konstanz) • Dag Nikolaus Hasse (Philosophy: University of Würzberg) • Alex Metcalfe (History: Lancaster University) • Mark Meyerson (History: University of Toronto) • Nuria Silleras-Fernandez (Spanish & Portuguese: CU Boulder) • Bogdan Smaradache (Medieval Studies: University of Toronto)

Tuesday, 16 April 2019: Alex Metcalfe (History: University of Lancaster) on “Muslims of Medieval Sicily” • 9:30am: Rec Center Medium Overlook Room. Coffee and light refreshments for registered attendees For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

Tuesday, 16 April 2019: Daniel König (History: University of Konstanz) on ““Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West: the Problem and Some Suggestions How to Solve it” • 11am: Rec Center Medium Overlook Room. Coffee and light refreshments for registered attendees For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

Monday, 15 April 2019: Alejandro García Sanjuán (History: Universidad de Huelva) on Weaponizing historical knowledge: ideology and scholarship in Medieval Iberian history” • 4pm: CASE W 313, followed by a round table featuring:
• Javier Krauel (Spanish & Portuguese) 
• Andres Prieto (Spanish & Portuguese) 
• Núria Silleras-Fernández (Spanish & Portuguese) 
• Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies)
Coffee and light refreshments for registered attendees For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

Monday, 11 March & Tuesday, 12 March 2019: Prof. Daniel Hershenzon (Literatures, Cultures & Languages: University of Connecticut), will give a lecture,“The Captive Sea: Slavery, Communication, and Commerce in Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean,” on Monday, 11 March at 4pm  in  CASE W313, and a seminar, “Captivity Letters,” on Tuesday, 12 March at 9:30am  in Rec Center Studio 4. Coffee and light refreshments for registered attendees at both events. For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

Thursday, 14 February 2019:  “A Mediterranean Saint for Christians and Muslims: St. George and al-Khidr,” a talk by Prof. Erica Ferg (Liberal Arts: Regis University) at 9:30am in the Large Overlook Room (Rec Center). “In a region of the Eastern Mediterranean known as the Levant, agricultural communities of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, for at least the last 800 years, have largely shared and jointly venerated three important holy figures… more… Coffee and light snacks will be provided for registered attendees. For registration: Jeffrey Baron (

# Friday & Saturday, 1 & 2 March 2019: The Mediterranean Seminar Winter 2019 Workshop: Turning Points (Princeton University) -A two-day workshop workshop dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the Mediterranean. The theme of this annual workshop is "Turning Points." Turning points in Mediterranean history for several reasons.  First, one of the goals of oceanic and maritime histories is to ask whether such histories challenge more conventional periodizations.  Second, certain turning points in Mediterranean history (like the Pirenne thesis) enjoy a well-developed historiography but many others (such as the transition from the medieval to the early modern) are far more fuzzy.  Finally, we will take up the debateover whether the Mediterranean disappears in the modern period (however defined.) Sponsored and organized by the Mediterranean Seminar/CU Mediterranean Studies Group, and Princeton University’s Center for Collaborative History, Humanities Council, Department of Comparative Literature, and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. ProgramSpeakers

#Saturday, 5 January 2019: Iberian Babel: Multilingualism and Translation in the Medieval and the Early Modern Mediterranean
Session at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (Chicago)
Organizer: Núria Silleras-Fernández. Details here.
1: Translation in the Libro de buen amor and the Libro de buen amor in Translation Emily C. Francomano, Georgetown U
2: Empire of Translation: Multilingual Administrative Dynasties in Habsburg Spain Claire Gilbert, St. Louis U
3: The Convenience of Polyglossia: Language Use in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, U of Colorado, Boulder 
Respondent: Sharon A. Kinoshita, U of California, Santa Cruz

#Friday, 4 January 2019: Renegades, Turncoats, and Converts in the Pre- and Early Modern Mediterranean 
Session at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Chicago)
Organizers: Brian Catlos & Sharon Kinoshita. Details here.
Chair: Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
• Squire to the Moor King: Christian Spies for Muslim Magnates in Late Medieval Aragon - Anthony Minnema, Samford University
• Legends of Granada’s Frontier: Pedro Venegas and Cidi Yahya Al Nayar (Don Pedro de Granada, d. 1506) - Elizabeth Terry-Roisin, Austin College
• Rethinking the Renegade in Early Modern France: Moliere's Bourgeois Gentleman and the Trial of Soliman Rais, 1670–72 - Toby Wikstrom, University of Iceland
• The Image of Renegades in 17th-Century French Literature: From Redemption Narratives to the Baroque Novel - Filippo Screpanti, Duke University
Comment: Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado Boulder

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# Friday & Saturday, 26 & 27 October 2018: The Mediterranean Seminar Fall 2018 Workshop: Margins of the Mediterranean (University of Michigan Ann Arbor) Full program here.
Workshop presentations include:
• Jesse Howell (Harvard U), Ottoman Herzegovina, Hinterland of the Adriatic
•  Lindsey A. Mazurek (U of Oregon), Self-Fashioning: Isiac Portraiture in a Provincial Context
• Martino Lovato (Mt. Holyoke College), Impossible Revolutions: The Medieval Slave Rebellion of the Zendj in Two Contemporary Algerian Narratives
Round Table 1. Borders, boundaries and limits in the Mediterranean
Round Table 2.
The margins of Mediterranean Studies
Armenian Studies panel: Mediterranity from the Edge. Speakers: Wendy Laura Belcher (Princeton U), Cameron Cross (U-M), Michael Pifer (U-M)
Book launch: An Armenian Mediterranean: Words and Worlds in Motion (ed. Kathryn Babayan and Michael Pifer).
Featured Scholar
• Persis Berlekamp (University of Chicago)“Art, Apocalypse, and Empire: Mediterranean Histories and Geographies between Chaos and Codification”

Wednesday. 17 October: “Orpheus in Hell: Moral Consolation and Sentimental Fiction,” a talk by Prof. Sol Miguel-Prendes (Spanish & Italian: Wake Forest University) at  9am in “The Rose Room” ( McKenna 103). Coffee and light breakfast will be provided to registered attendees.
A discussion (lunch provided) will be held at noon in HUMN 230 for junior faculty & graduate students on the topic of publishing academic articles, featuring Prof. Miguel-Prendes (formerly editor of La Corónica)
For registration: Jeffrey Baron (

2017-2018 Program


Saturday, 20 May:  "Mediterranean Materiality and Consumption": a panel organized by Núria Silleras-Fernandez  at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo Michigan,  featuring: 
• Making, Materials, and Memories of a Medieval Mud Brick (Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, Wittenberg Univ.)
• Alfonso X’s Material Food Culture: Civility, Centrality, Christianity (Dianne Burke Moneypenny, Indiana Univ. East)
• Medieval Textiles from Iberia: New Perspectives and Assessments from the Victoria and Albert Museum Textile Collection (Ana Cabrera Lafuente, Victoria and Albert Museum; Francisco de Asís García García, Instituto de Estudios Medievales, Univ. de León)

Tuesday, 24 April: “All the Queen’s Men and Women: Portuguese Queens’ Households and Power (13th-15th centuries),” by  Prof. Maria Manuela Tavares dos Santos Silva (University of Lisbon) on 2018 at 12--1:30pm in Eaton Humanities 230.
For registration for the event and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (
Lunch will be provided; please RSVP by 19 April • Doors open at 11:45am

Wednesday, 24 January: “From Treasury to Collection: The Sumptuous Objects of Royal Iberian Women from the 14th to the 16th Centuries," with Prof. Ana Maria Seabra de Almeida Rodrigues (Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon) with Kirk Ambrose (ARTH), Hannah Friedman (ARTH) & Núria Silleras-Fernandez (SPAN) responding • 4–5:30pm at the Flatirons Room,  C4C.
Thursday, 25 January: “La cultura de corte portuguesa en la Edad Media,” a graduate seminar • 3:30--4:30pm at the McKenna Rose Room.
Faculty and graduate students  may register for an informal lunch with Prof. Rodrigues to be held on Friday, 26 January from 12:30–1:30pm. For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron ( Refreshments will be provided at all events; please RSVP by 19 January.

Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4: “Ethnicity, Faith and Communal Relations” 2017 Mediterranean Seminar Fall Workshop •  “Skybox” (top floor) of the Duane Physics building.
Workshop presentations include:
• Heather Badamo (Art History, UC Santa Barbara): “Other Worlds: Monumental Painting Programs in East Christian Visual Culture”
•  Noel Blanco Mourelle (Spanish, William & Mary): “Trees of Knowledge”
• • Jonathan Decter (Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Brandeis University): “The Other ‘Great Eagle’: Jewish Panegyrics for Muslim and Christian Political Figures”
Working Session: The Sea in the Middle: The Mediterranean, 650-1650
Round Table 1. How do texts or objects reinforce or transgress religious, "ethnic," or cultural divides?
Round Table 2. What is “convivencia,” and what are its limits?

Featured Scholars
• Mark Meyerson (History & Medieval Studies: University of Toronto): "The *Germania* and the Baptism of Valencian Muslims: Violence, Identity,and Community in Late Medieval Spain"
• Thomas Burman (Medieval Studies: Notre Dame University): “The Psalmist speaks literally (ad literam) about Christ':  Ramon Marti, Anti-Jewish Polemic, and the Double Literal Sense of Scripture”
Full program information can be found here. Registration and information: Jeffrey Baron

2016-2017 Program

 Monday – Friday, May 22–26: “Reading Ladino/Judezmo” – The CU Mediterranean Studies Group presents the 2nd Annual Summer Skills Seminar, a five-day hands-on workshop on reading Ladino/Judezmo (Old Spanish written in Hebrew characters) led by Prof. David Bunis (Hebrew University), with 23 graduate student and faculty participants from across North America. See the announcement, and program synopsis.


Monday, May 22: “The Language of Exile: Hispano-Jewish Culture Before and After 1492” • A colloquium open to the public, featuring Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies: CU Boulder), Janet Jacobs (Anthropology & Women’s Studies: CU Boulder), and David Bunis (Linguistics: Hebrew University) • 6:30pm at Chautauqua Historical Park • Free & open to the public. Detailed information here.


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Friday, May 19: “Language, Texts, and Court Culture in Medieval Catalonia and the Mediterranean”  - The Mediterranean Seminar & CU Mediterranean Studies Group are sponsoring a session organized by Prof. Núria Silleras-Fernández (CU Boulder) at 16th Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society (NACS)  at Indiana University, Bloomington.
“Language, Texts, and Court Culture in Medieval Catalonia and the Mediterranean” will be held on Friday, 19 May from 9:00am-10:30am in the Dogwood Room, and feature:
“The Language of Peace in Ramon Llull,” - Ryan D. Giles (Indiana University)
“El text dels clàssics de l’Edat Mitjana a la moderna,”  - Albert Lloret (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
“Glossing Around,” - Jesús Rodriguez Velasco (Columbia University)
“El català, llengua de cort, de Violant de Bar a Germana de Foix,” - Núria Silleras-Fernández (University of Colorado at Boulder)
For further information:

Friday, May 12: “Networks of Books and Readers in the Medieval Mediterranean”  - The Mediterranean Seminar & CU Mediterranean Studies Group are sponsoring two sessions organized by Prof. Núria Silleras-Fernández (CU Boulder) at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies to be held 11-14 May at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI.
“Networks of Books and Readers in the Medieval Mediterranean I: Books” featurinhg:
• Illuminating the Scriptorium: A Network of Books from the Monastery of Saint Michael in Medieval Egypt - Andrea Myers Achi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ.
• Fantasy Kings and Favorite Sons: Arthurian Influence in the Writing of Count Pedro de Barcelós - Taiko M. Haessler, Univ. of Colorado–Boulder
• Syriac Literary Circle at the Mongol Court (Lateirteenth Century) - Anton Pritula, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Núria Silleras-Fernández presiding.
“Networks of Books and Readers in the Medieval Mediterranean II: Readers” will be held on Friday, 12 May at 3:30pm, featuring:
• Reading Petrarch’s Triumphs across the Medieval Mediterranean - Leonardo Francalanci, Univ. of Notre Dame
• Corbaccio’s Ambiguity and Parody in Bernat Metge’s Lo somni- Pau Cañigueral Batllosera, Univ. of Massachusetts–Amherst
Reading, Copying, and Translating the Hebrew Sefer Josippon in Renaissance Italy - Nadia Zeldes, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev
Núria Silleras-Fernández presiding.
Further information at:

Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22:  “Mysticism & Devotion” - the Mediterranean Seminar Spring 2017 Workshop
The Mediterranean Seminar and CU Mediterranean Studies Group together with the Department of Religious Studies and the Program in Jewish Studies invite participants to the 2017 Mediterranean Seminar Spring Workshop on the subject of “Mysticism and Devotion,” to be held the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder on 21 & 22 April in the “Skybox” (top floor) of the Duane Physics building.
Workshop sessions will take place on Friday, 21 April, with registration/coffee beginning at 9:15am, followed by three workshop papers and a presentation by our first featured scholar, Prof. Amy Remensnyder.
Workshop presentations include: Marla Segol (Jewish Studies, SUNY Buffalo): “Mystical Embryologies: Knowledge, Practice, and Devotion”
[Respondent: Nan Goodman (English and Jewish Studies, CU Boulder)], Marianne Kupin-Lisbin (History, U of Rochester): “New Approaches in Understanding the Lived Religious Culture of the Ottoman Balkans” [Respondent: Sabahat Adil (Asian Languages and Civilizations, CU Boulder)], andAnna Akasoy (Islamic Intellectual History, Hunter College): “Imaginary Spaces of Devotion in Andalusi Mystical Poetry”
[Respondent: Cyrus Zargar (Religion, Augustana College)]
Featured Scholar: Amy Remensnyder (History: Brown University): “Does the Sea Matter to the History of Mediterranean Devotion?”
Round-table sessions will take place on Saturday, 22 April, with registration/coffee beginning at 9:15am, and will feature three round tables, followed by a presentation by our second featured scholar, Dr. Maribel Fierro.
1. Mysticism and Doctrine - Are they Compatible or do they Conflict? moderated by Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, UC Santa Cruz), with Michelle Hamilton (Spanish & Portuguese, Minnesota, Janine Peterson (History, Marist College), Nathan Fisher (Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, Aun Hasan Ali(Religious Studies, CU Boulder) and Robert Pasnau (Philosophy, CU Boulder)
2. Do Mystical Traditions have a Politics? moderated by Claire Farago (Art History, CU Boulder), with Hartley Lachter (Religion, Lehigh University), Núria Silleras (Spanish and Portuguese, CU Boulder), John Curry (History, University of Nevada Las Vegas), Matt Lynch (Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill), Edward Holt (History, Saint Louis University), and Benjamin de Lee (History, CUNY Cortland)
  3. “Mediterranean Religion”: Does it Function as a Category? moderated by Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies, CU Boulder), wiht Sabahat Adil (Asian Language & Civilizations, CU Boulder), David Williams (History, University of Saint Katherine & Royal Holloway), Kevin Blankinship (Arabic Literature: University of Chicago), Karen Pinto (History: Boise State), and Allen Fromherz (History: Georgia State).
Followed by a presentation: “Mediterranean Studies in Asia” with Yuen-Gen Liang(National Taiwan University) & Eun-Jee Park (Busan University of Foreign Studies).
Featured Scholar: Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid): “The Political Mystics of al-Andalus”
The event is free, admittance is by registration only. Space is limited. Registered participants should attend the whole event.
For general information contact: To register and to receive the workshop papers, and for logistical and site-specific information, please contact Jeffrey Baron ( Download the poster.

Wednesday, April 19: “Muslims without Frontiers: Between the Maghrib and Iberia in the Fifteenth Century,” a talk by Dr. Roser Salicrú i Lluch (Medieval Studies: Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC, Barcelona) on Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 4-5:30pm at Eaton Humanities 230.
Free. Students, faculty and the public are welcome.
For registration and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (
Refreshments will be provided; please RSVP by 18 April

Saturday,  April 8: The Medieval Mediterranean VI: “Teaching the Medieval Mediterranean,” a panel at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (Toronto, Canada), organized bySharon Kinoshita (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Thomas E. Burman (University of Notre Dame), chaired by Thomas E. Burman, and featuring: Pete Burkholder (Fairleigh Dickinson University), “Taming the Content Monster: A Backward Approach to Teaching the Medieval Mediterranean” • Louisa A. Burnham (Middlebury College), “Using Braudel as a Frame” • Brian A. Catlos (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Against the Grain: Teaching the Age of Crusades via the Mediterranean” • Dawn Marie Hayes (Montclair State University), “Approaching the Mediterranean, Front and Center: Reflections on Teaching Norman Sicily and Southern Italy” • Cecily J. Hilsdale (McGill University), “The Visual Cultures of the Medieval Mediterranean in the Classroom” Sharon Kinoshita (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Medieval Mediterranean Literature in the Classroom” • Valerie Ramseyer (Wellesley College), “Fifteen Years of Teaching the Early Medieval Mediterranean” • Anne Marie Wolf (University of Maine, Farmington), “Mediterranean World 1200-1700 as a 200-Level History Class: Challenges and Possibilities”


Friday, March 24:   “Religious Knowledge in the Premodern Mediterranean,” a panel at the 2017 Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/SBL/ASOR Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region, featuring:
• Prof. Sabahat Adil (Asian Languages & Civilizations)
“The Qarawiyyīn Library as an Important Locus for Sociopolitical Activity Under the Sa’dids”
• Prof. Aun Hasan Ali (Religious Studies, CU Boulder)
“Some Notes on the Boundaries of Islam”
 • Prof. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez (Spanish & Portuguese, CU Boulder)
 “Teaching Religious Patience in Medieval Iberia: The Case of Isabel of Aragon, Queen of Portugal”
Moderated by Prof. Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies, CU Boulder)
Held at 8:30-10:00am at UMC 417 • CU Boulder. Registration & Information at

Tuesday, March 21: The CU Mediterranean Studies Group and the Center for Asian Studies present Prof. Justin Stearns (Arab Crossroads Studies, New York University–Abu Dhabi) (co-organized with Aun Ali, RLST).
“Science, Evolution, and Islam in the Modern Middle East”• 11:00am—12:15pm • UMN 245
“The Rational Sciences in Seventeenth Century Morocco: Philosophy, Incommensurability, and History” • 5:00–7:00pm • UMC 415/417
Faculty and graduate students are welcome to an informal lunch with Profs. Stearns to be held in HUMN 230 from 12:30–1:30pm.
For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (
Refreshments will be provided at all events; please RSVP by 18 March.

Tuesday, 14 March:  "Petrarca une a un converso y a un morisco: La Celestina y el Mancebo de Arévalo,” a  lecture/seminar in Spanish by Maria Teresa Narvaez,  at 12:30pm at McKenna 103.  
Wednesday, 15 March: Faculty and graduate students are welcome to an informal lunch with Profs. Narvaez and Lopez-Baralt to be held in HUMN 230 from 12:30—2pm.
“Colonialism and Indigenous Resistance in the Pre-Modern Iberian Peninsula and Andes,” a mini-colloquium from 4-7pm in the Flatirons room of C4C. Featuring two talks: Maria Teresa Narvaez (Universidad de Puerto Rico): “La literatura secreta aljamiada nos revela el mundo oculto de los Moriscos,” and Mercedes: Lopez-Baralt "Universidad de Puerto Rico): "Y yo soy príncipe: La intuición descolonizadora en la crónica ilustrada de Guaman Poma de Ayala," and a round-table, featuring: Sabahat Adil (Asian Languages and Civilizations), Julio Baena (Spanish and Portuguese),  Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies), Peter Elmore (Spanish and Portuguese),Claire Farago (Art & Art History),  Janet Jacobs (Women and Gender Studies), and Nuria Silleras-Fernandez (Spanish and Portuguese).
For registration for all events and information, please contact: Jeffrey Baron (

Thursday, 26 January:  “Spain’s Long Fifteenth Century: A Historical, Literary, and Cultural View” & “An Unknown Compendium of Juan II of Castile”— a lecture and seminar by Professor Nancy Marino (Distinguished Professor of Spanish, Romance and Classical Studies, Michigan State University)  at 12:30 - 2pm in UMC 384. and3:30 - 4:30pm in MKNA 103. Faculty and graduate students are welcome to a light lunch with Prof. Marino at noon on Friday, 27 January. To register for the lecture, seminar or lunch, or for futher information, please contact Jeffrey Baron (

Tuesday, November 15:  “Sefarad and Beyond: From the Golden Age to Exile,” featuring “Songs, Liturgy and Stories of the Sephardic Tradition,” a concert of “Ladino” music by Ljuba Davis, and “What’s in a Name? Decoding Andalusi and Sefardi Exceptionalism,” a talk by Prof. Ross Brann, Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Chair of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University on Tuesday, November 14, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm in the The Flatirons Room (C4C) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Free and Open to the Public.

Monday, November 14: Representations of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in 13th century Castile 
A seminar for faculty and graduate students, by Ross Brann (Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Chair of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University) to be held on Monday, 14 November at 3pm in HUMN 270. Faculty and graduate students are also invited to a light lunch with Prof. Brann at 1pm Registration is required to attend both the seminar or lunch; please contact

Monday, October 17: Empire’s Design: Mimar Sinan, Tradition and Transformation in Ottoman Architecture
A guest lecture in Art in Islamic Cultures (ARAB/ARTH 3241 & ARTH 5909-908) by Professor Ozayr Saloojee (School of Architecture and Design: University of Minnesota).  2-3:15 p.m in Ketchum 1B87.

Friday, October 7: Ibn Tumlus of Alcira (d. 1223) on Juridical Inferences and Logic: Al-Qawl fi al-Maqayis al-Fiqhiyya
A workshop of an article-in-progress on a little-known but significant Andalusi philosopher, by Prof. Fouad Ben Ahmed of Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute of Higher Islamic Studies (Rabat, Morocco), with Robert Pasnau (Philosophy) andAun Hasan Ali (Religious Studies) as respondents, on Friday, 7 October at noon in Hellems 220 (CU Boulder). Lunch will be provided

Friday, September 30Islamic Philosophy: A Death Greatly Exaggerated?
A Colloquium featuring: Hassan Ansari (School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study)
“A Brief History of the Relationship between Philosophy and Shī’ī Islam,” Khaled El-Rouayheb (NELC, Harvard University), “Rethinking the Course of Islamic Philosophy,” and Fouad Ben Ahmed (Humanities, Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania for Higher Islamic Studies), “What Happened after Averroes? Ibn Tumlus and the Arabic Reception of Averroes in the Thirteenth Century,” and an Introduction by  Aun Hasan Ali (Religious Studies, CU Boulder) • Open to All • 3-5pm • UMC 386
An informal light lunch for faculty and graduate students with the speakers will be held at 12:30pm.

2015-2016 Program

Monday, May 16 -- Friday, May 20: Reading Aljamiado • a four-day skills seminar featuring Dr. Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) • CU Boulder • See the announcement • Applications are closed.



Monday, May 16: Europe's Problem with Islam... 500 Years Ago: Morisco Identity & Aljamiado Literature in Early Modern Spain • A colloquium open to the public, featuring Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies: CU Boulder), Sabahat Adil (Asian Languages & Civilizations: CU Boulder), and Núria Martínez-de-Castilla Muñoz (Arabic and Islamic Studies: Universidad Complutense de Madrid) • 6:30pm at the Grand Assembly Hall at Chautauqua Historical Park • Detailed information and tickets here.

Friday, 13 May: “Power and the Court in the Medieval Mediterranean” at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (University of Western Michigan: Kalamazoo MI), a session sponsored by the CU Mediterranean Studies Group and The Mediterranean Seminar;  organized by Núria Silleras-Fernández, CU Boulder & Zita Eva Rohr, University of Sydney, and presided over by Núria Silleras-Fernández.


Wednesday, April 13: The Abenferres –Mudéjar “Little Caesars” of Fourteenth-Century Lleida,” a workshop featuring Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies: University of Colorado at Boulder) with Sabahat Adil (Asian Languages & Civilizations), Robert Ferry (History) and the audience responding • 11:50am - 1pm at Eaton Humanities 240


Wednesday, March 9: Instinctively Cosmopolitan: The Travels and Encounters of Ahmad b. Qasim al-Hajari in the Early Modern Mediterranean • a talk by Amina Nawaz, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Islamic Theology: University of Tübingen • 2:00-3:00pm • UMC382


Wednesday, March 9: Art as Institution: The Fabrication of Leonardo da Vinci's Trattato della Pittura, 1651 • a workshop featuring: Claire Farago (Art & Art History University of Colorado at Boulder) • respondents: Chris Braider (French & Italian) & Celine Dauverd (History) • noon - 1:15pm • UMC 247

Friday, February 26: A Theology of Travel in Medieval 'Islamic' Education • a talk by Mujadad Zaman,Research Fellow, Centre for Islamic Theology: University of Tübingen • 2:00-3:00pm • UMC382


Friday, February 19: Imagining the World: Travel Writing and Early Modern Globalisation • a talk by Nina Zhiri, Professor of Literature, University of California San Diego • 2:00-3:00pm • UMC 415/417



Thursday, February 18: Lost in Translation? Language, Literature, and Culture in the Early Modern Iberian Mediterranean • a colloquium • 1:30-5:30pm • UMC 415/417
• John Dagenais: Spanish and Portuguese, University of California Los Angeles
"The Case of the Disappeared Catalan 'Masterpiece': Abdullah al-Tarjuman's Disputation de l'asne contre Frère Anselme Turmeda" 
• Claire Gilbert: History, Saint Louis University “The Spanish Translation Staff of Ahmad al-Mansur (r. 1578-1603)” 
• Nina Zhiri:Literature, University of California San Diego "The Task of the Morisco Translator" 
• Fabian Montcher: History, Saint Louis University "The Early Modern Republic of Letters through an Iberian Lens"


Monday, February 1: From Syria to Sevilla: Memory, Text, and the Making of al-Andalus in the Seventeenth-Century • a work-in-progress by Sabahat Adil (ALC), with Aun Hasan Ali (RLST) and Brian Catlos (RLST) responding • noon • UMC 415/417


Friday, November 20: MEH/Med: Middle East History/Mediterranan • a one-day international symposium featuring three round tables • 12:30-6:15pm • Duane Physics Common Room & Reading Room. See program for details.



Wednesday, November 18: Some Notes on the Relationship between Sunnis and Shi’is in Light of the Issue of Documentary Evidence in Islamic Law • a work-in-progress by Aun Hasan Ali (Religious Studies) with Sabahat Adil (ALC) and Brian Catlos (RLST) responding • 12:30pm • UMC245


Wednesday, October 21 : The Miracle of San Gennaro: The Spanish Viceroys as Mediators of Spiritual Power • a work-in-progress by Celine Dauverd (History) with Suzanna Magnanini (FRIT) and Núria Silleras-Fernández (SPAN) responding • noon • Atlas 229



Monday, September 28 : A Brief History of the Phrase 'King of Kings': Political, Religious, and Philological Considerations • a work-in-progress by Sam Boyd (Religious Studies) with Aun Ali and Brian Catlos responding • 11:30am • UMC 425



Program 2014-15: Counter Narratives


Thursday, April 23:#chicagogirl. The Social Network Takes on a Dictator, an award-winning documentary film by Joe Piscatella. Followed by a discussion featuring Michaela Ardizzoni (French & Italian), Ala'a Basatneh (subject) Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies), and Joe Piscatella • 4pm • Fleming 156



Friday 10 April: Medieval Catalan Cookbooks • Paul Freedman (Chester W, Tripp Professor of History, Yale University) • 4PM • Humanities 160

Thursday, April 9: Mediterranean Cuisine, a talk for HUMN3850/RLST3820 The Mediterranean: Religion Before Modernity • Paul Freedman (Chester W, Tripp Professor of History, Yale University) • 2PM • 2015 • Guggenheim 206


Saturday, March 28: Three panels at the Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies, at CU Boulder

"Italy in the Mediterranean I: Conflict" 
Organizer and Chair: Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado Boulder/University of California, Santa Cruz
1. Cristelle L. Baskins, Tufts University, "Drawing Connections between Hafsid Tunis and Medicean Florence" 
2. Travis Bruce, Witchita State/IGAMWI, "Negotiating Conflict through a Shared Language of Trust in Thirteenth-Century Pisa and Tunis"
3. Céline Dauverd, University of Colorado, Boulder, "Easter Passion as arm against Islam in Viceregal Italy, 1442-1649"

"Italy in the Mediterranean II: Images"
Organizer: Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado, Boulder/University of California, Santa Cruz
Chair/Commentator: Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, University of Colorado, Boulder
1. Alison Perchuk, California State University Channel Islands, "Elijah East and West: From Mediterranean Prophet to Italian Saint" 
2. Hollie Allen, University of Colorado, Boulder "Al itálico modo: How Italian Forms and Spaces Shaped Iberian Poetry in the 15th Century"

"Italy in the Mediterranean III: Identities"
Organizer: Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado, Boulder/University of California, Santa Cruz
Chair/Commentator: Norma Bouchard, University of Connecticut
1. Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado, Boulder/Humanities, UC Santa Cruz "Was Norman Sicily Italian or Mediterranean?" 
2. Claudio Fogu (UC Santa Barbara) "From Center to South: The Geography of Repression in Making Italians"

Wednesday, March 11: "Mediterranean Discourses & the Taming of Islamic Art" • 4pm • Humanities 1B90 • Followed by a round-table discussion featuring Brian Catlos (Religious Studies), Céline Dauverd (History) & Claire Farago (Art & Art History)

Tuesday, March 10: "What Can The Visual Arts Tell Us About the Medieval Mediterranean World?" A talk by Prof. Eva Hoffman (Art & Art History, Tufts University) • 2pm • UMC 247

Tuesday, February 17: "Living With Fear: Muslims and Christians in Late Medieval Valencia" A talk by Mark D. Meyerson (History/ Medieval Studies, University of Toronto) • 12:30pm • HUMN 270 (with the support of IMPART and Phi Beta Kappa)

Tuesday, February 17: “Ramon Marti, the Dominicans, and the Thirteenth-century Neglect of Islam” A talk by Thomas E. Burman (History, University of Tennessee - Knoxville) • 11am • HUMN 270 (with the support of IMPART and Phi Beta Kappa)

Thursday, January 15: "Beyond Crypto-Muslims: Perspectives on the Moriscos in the Early Modern Mediterranean" A seminar by Amina Nawaz (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University) • 4pm • Atlas 229



Monday, November 17: "The Politics of Language in the Medieval Western Mediterranean: From Unity to Fragmentation" featuring Prof. Teofio F. Ruiz (History, UCLA) • 5pm • HUMN 250 • All are welcome

Monday, November 17: "Royal Entries in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain" A lunch/seminar for graduate students featuring Prof. Teofio F. Ruiz (History, UCLA) • noon--2pm • Atlas 229 • pre-registration required


Monday, November 10: "Religion and Identity in Medieval Spain" A lunch/seminar for graduate students featuring Prof. David Nirenberg (History & Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago) • noon-2pm • Atlas 229 • pre-registration required

Affiliated and Co-Sponsored Events
Thursday to Sunday, March 26-29The 25th Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies• University Memorial Center, CU Boulder

Friday, March 13: "Iberian Babel: Translators and Translating in the Medieval and Early Modern Peninsula" - a colloquium featuring "Mapping Translation from Ramon Llull's Llibre del gentil e dels tres savis (1274-1276)" - Amy M. Austin (University of Texas, Arlington), "Translating Ausiàs March: Linguistic Ideology and Linguistic Imperialism in Early Modern Iberia" - Vicente Lledó-Guillem (Hofstra University) "Linguistic vs. Cultural Translation: Hernando de Talavera at Granada, 1492-1507" by Mark D. Johnston (DePaul University) • 1-3:30pm • UMC Gallery [Organized by the CU Translation Initiative]

Saturday, October 11: "Interfaith Relations in the Mediterranean a New Realism" lecture & signing of Infidel Kings, Unholy Warriors: Power, Faith and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad, featuring Brian Catlos (Religious Studies). Free and open to the public • 5:30pm • Mosaic (Aurora CO) [Organized by the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation]


Monday, November 10: The Religious Studies Department's Annual Lester Lecture, "Sibling Rivalries: Scriptural Communities: Judaism, Christianity and Islam," featuring Prof. David Nirenberg (History & Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago). Open to students, faculty & the public • 5:30pm reception, 6pm talk • British Studies Room (Norlin Library) [Organized by the Religious Studies Dept.]


Tuesday, December 2: "The Muslims of the Medieval West" panel discussion and signing of Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, ca. 1050-1614, featuring Brian Catlos (Religious Studies). Free and open to the public • 6:45pm • Atlas 100 •registration required [Organized by the CU Boulder Rumi Club]



Monday, October 27: "The Invention of Influence" a reading, featuring Peter Cole. Open to the public • 7pm • HUMN 150 [Organized by the CU Program in Jewish Studies]

Monday, October 27: "Judaism Through Poetry," a Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium with Peter Cole • noon • Space is Limited. Please RSVP to for location and pre-circulated reading [Organized by the CU Program in Jewish Studies]


Coming in Summer 2015:
2015 NEH Summer Institute "Negotiating Identities: Expression and Representation in the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Mediterranean" 5 July- 1 August, 2015 • Barcelona, Spain [Organized by the University of California Santa Cruz & the Mediterranean Seminar]


Program 2013-14: Religion

New Mediterranean Courses

HIST 4320: Mediterranean History 800-1500 (Dauverd)
HUMN 3850: The Mediterranean: Religion before Modernity (Catlos)
ITAL 4170/JOUR 4871: Documentary for Social Change in the Mediterranean (Ardizzoni)

RLST 4820/5820: Religious Minorities in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean (Catlos)

Ongoing through Spring semester: "Mediterranean Timelines" Student Project for History 4320: Mediterranean History 800–1500 (Instructor: Prof. Celine Dauverd) • Norlin Library 1st floor SW Stoa Gallery

Thursday, 24 April: "On medieval Spanish consensual communities: towns, Jewish and Muslim Quarters, Guilds, Irrigation Communities, and What They Have in Common" • A lecture for HUMN3850 The Mediterranean: Religion Before Modernity, open to students & faculty • Thomas F. Glick • 11–12:30pm • ATLAS 229 Followed by a lunch for graduate students; register by April 16 with Aaron Stamper (

Wednesday, 23 April: "The Medieval Scientific Translation Movement and the Birth of Hebrew Science" • Thomas F. Glick [in collaboration with the CU Translation Initiative] • 12–1:30pm • UMC Gallery


Tuesday, 22 April: "Origins of the Medieval Spanish Jewish Community: Diaspora Remnants or Berber Tribesmen?" • Thomas F. Glick (History, Boston University) [in collaboration with the Jewish Studies Program] • 6–7:30pm • Atlas 229


Saturday, 22 February: "Teaching across Canons: the Mediterranean and other Comparative Frames" 
A one-day symposium, featuring: 
Michela Ardizzoni • French and Italian, CU Boulder
Thomas E. Burman • History, University of Tennessee
Brian Catlos • Religious Studies, CU Boulder
James Cordova • Art and Art History, CU Boulder
Celine Dauverd • History, CU Boulder
Claire Farago • Art and Art History, CU Boulder
Valerio Ferme • French and Italian, CU Boulder
Cynthia Hahn • Art and Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY
Sharon Kinoshita • Literature, UC Santa Cruz
Noel Lenski • Classics, CU Boulder
Mark Meyerson • History, University of Toronto
9am–1pm • University Club 106
Please register in advance with Aaron Stamper (


Thursday, 20 February: "Holy Week Violence in Valencia: Interpreting Christian-Jewish Relations in Late Medieval Spain" A lecture for HUMN3850 The Mediterranean: Religion Before Modernity, open to students & faculty • Mark Meyerson (History/Medieval Studies, University of Toronto) • 11am–12:30pm • UMC 247
Followed by a lunch for graduate students; register by February 13 with Aaron Stamper (

Tuesday, 18 February: "Medieval Christians Reading the Qur'an" • A lecture for HUMN3850 The Mediterranean: Religion Before Modernity, open to students & faculty • Thomas E. Burman (History, University of Tennessee – Knoxville) [in collaboration with the CU Translation Initiative] • 11am–12:30pm • UMC 247 Followed by a lunch for graduate students; register by February 11 with Aaron Stamper (


 Wednesday, December 4: Celine Dauverd (History, CU Boulder) "Enemies of the Faith? Jews, Lutherans and Muslims in Spanish Genoa (1492--1648)" • Respondents: Brian Catlos (RLST), Liora Halperin (HIST), David Shneer (JWST) • 12:30pm, University Club 106• bag lunch provided for those who register by November 25


Wednesday, October 30: Valerio Ferme (French and Italian, CU Boulder) Boccaccio's Sicurano Da Finale and Paganino Da Mare: Merchants, Corsairs And Seafaring Identities In Decameron, Day II • noon, UMC 353 • bag lunch provided for those who register by October 18



Affiliated and Co-Sponsored Events 

Thursday, February 1318 Ius Soli – Documentary Film: featuring a screening and a Q&A with director Fred Kuwornu For ITAL4170/JOUR4871 Documentary for Social Change in the Mediterranean [in collaboration with French & Italian] open to students, faculty & the public • 5pm • HUMN 1B90


Friday, February 21: [co-sponsored] Cultural Issues in Translation (Medieval and Early Modern) [Organized by the CU Translation Initiative] 
"Traduttore, Traditore: Translating Marco Polo's Description of the World (aka The Travels)" • Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, University of California Santa Cruz) 
"Qur'anic Commentaries, Medieval-Latin Qur'ans, and Modern Translation Studies" • Thomas E. Burman
"Science and the Vernacular in Early Modern Spain." John Slater (Spanish and Portuguese, University of California Davis) • 2–4pm • University Club 106
To receive pre-circulated readings contact Harrison Meadows (

 Thursday, April 18: Christian Identity in Late Antiquity , 
CMEMS Symposium
[see for details] 
Jason Beduhn (Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University) Éric Rebillard (Classics, Cornell University) 
Kevin Uhalde (History, Ohio University) 
9am to 12 noon • UMC 382-386

 Art History Art/Religion/Materialities Lecture Series

Thursday, February 20: "Capturing Fragments of the Divine: Histories of the Passion Relic" • Cynthia Hahn (Art History, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center) • 5pm • British Studies Room Norlin Library, 5th floor

Tues., March 4: "Transcending Boundaries: Art and Religious Experience in El Greco's Mediterranean Journey" • Maria Evangelatou (University of California Santa Cruz) • 5pm, British Studies Room Norlin Library, 5th floor

Tues., April 4: "The Matter of Miracles: Architecture and the Sacred in Baroque Italy" • Helen Hills (History of Art, York University, U.K.) • 5pm, British Studies Room Norlin Library, 5th floor
*For the full program see the Department of Art and Art History

Friday and Saturday, September 27 & 28: What is a Slave Society? 
An International Conference on the Nature of Slavery as a Global Phenomenon
Sponsored and organized by Classics
British Studies Room, Norlin Library, Fifth Floor, West Side
For a complete program, see the website


Program 2012-13
Our theme for the present academic year is "Slavery and Human Trafficking"


Nicholas Purcell (Camden Professor of Ancient History and a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford)

Tuesday, April 16 "Not Just About Slavery: Selling People in Greco-Roman Antiquity" • 5pm, Norlin British Studies

Wednesday, April 17: "Valuing People: Humans as Commodities in the Ancient World" • a guided seminar 11 am -1 pm, Macky 202

Friday, April 12: Konstantinos Ioannidis (Department of Theory and History of Art Athens School of Fine Arts), "Backwards Looking Modernism: Art in Greece during the 1930s" • 5pm HUMN 150

Wednesday, April 10: Konstantinos Ioannidis (Department of Theory and History of Art Athens School of Fine Arts ). "Ekphrasis and Agency: Anthropology, Rhetorics and the Historiography of Art" - a work-in-progress; for papers contact Claire Farago • 12:30–2pm Mackey 202

Friday, Feb. 15Shun Li and the Poet (Io sono Li ), a feature film by Andrea Segre, presented as part of the 2013 Boulder International Film Festival • 2:30pm, First United Methodist Church (Spruce St.)

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Closed Sea (Mare chiuso), an award-winning documentary by Stefano Liberti and Andrea Segre. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Stefano Liberti and Andrea Segra, co-directors of Closed Sea, Dr. Fred Denny of CU Boulder's Department of Religious Studies, Dr. Alex Cox of CU Boulder's Film Studies Department, and reception • 5pm, Humanities 250


Friday, Oct. 5: Steven Epstein  (Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History University of Kansas at Lawrence) "The Languages of Genoese Slavery" - a workshop and panel discussion featuring: Catherine Cameron (Anthropology, CU Boulder), Robert Ferry (History, CU Boulder), Noel Lenski (Classics, CU Boulder), and Teresa Toulouse (English , CU Boulder).Registration recommended (click on poster for details).

Friday, Oct. 26: Noel Lenski (Professor of Classics, CU Boulder) "A Tale of Two Colonates: The Legal Status of Tenants and Slaves in the Late Antique Eastern and Western Mediterranean" - a workshop/round table, featuring: Scott Bruce (History), Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies), Peter Hunt (Classics), and Anne Lester (History). Registration recommended (click on poster for details)

Affiliated and Co-Sponsored Events

Saturday, April 13: "Cultural Translation in Medieval and Early Modern Studies" A Symposium organized by Center for Humanities and Arts Translation Initiative • 9am--5:30pm, Rose Room, McKenna Languages Building• 9:00 a.m. ­ Coffee and Refreshments
• 9:30 a.m ­ John Slater (University of Colorado ­Boulder; Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese): Opening Remarks
• 10:00-11:00 a.m. ­ Michele Hamilton (University of Minnesota; Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese): "Translation, Conversion and Language in 15th-century Jewish and New Christian Letters"
• 11:00-12:00 p.m. ­ Carlos Eire (Yale University; Depts. of History and Religious Studies): "Translating Ecstasy: the Life of St. Teresa of Avila"
• 12:00-1:30 p.m. ­ Lunch Provided (Please RSVP to
• 1:30-2:30 p.m. ­ Diana De Armas Wilson (University of Denver; Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese): "The Translator¹s Translator: Revisiting Muslim Algiers"
• 2:45-3:45 p.m. ­ Barbara Fuchs (UCLA; Depts. of English, Spanish and Portuguese): "Forcible Translation"
• 3:45-4:45 p.m. ­ Round Table Discussion with the Speakers

Thursday, April 11: Roberta Morosini (Romance Languages, Wake Forest) "Goddesses and Penelopis traveling in the Medieval Mediterranean: Bodies (and words) in movement in the Decameron and De Mulieribus" Department of French and Italian • 5pm, Humanities 250



Wednesday, March 6: Brian Catlos “Understanding Diverse Societies as Complex Systems: The Case of Muslim-Christian-Jewish Relations in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean”: Center for Humanities and the Arts • noon, Mackay 202.

Monday, January 28: Brian Catlos, “Politics of Convenience: Ethno-Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in the Medieval Mediterranean” Center for Asian Studies • noon, Guggenheim 201E

Thursday, November 1: David Wacks (Associate Professor of Romance Languages, University of Oregon) Lecture: "Translation in Diaspora: Sephardic Spanish-Hebrew Translation in the Sixteenth

Friday, November 2: Seminar: "Translation in Diaspora" (click on poster for details and to request readings).

Wedneday-Saturday, September 26-29: "Mediterranean Cities. Myths and/or Reality?" Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
A conference organized by the Istituto Studi Mediterranei and the Master in Intercultural Communication (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano) in association with Università di Bergamo, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Centro Stefano Franscini.
Conference co-chairs:
Federica Frediani, Università della Svizzera italiana
Annick Tonti, Università della Svizzera italiana
Rossana Bonadei, Università di Bergamo
Michela Ardizzoni, University of Colorado at Boulder
Keynote speakers
Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway, University of London
Rossana Bonadei, Università di Bergamo
Kenneth Brown, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris
Bertrand Westphal, Université de Limoges
Nabil Echchaibi, University of Colorado Boulder

Off-Campus Events & Other News

6 June: Brian Catlos, "Conveniencia and Physics of Scale: Ethno-Religious Relations in Medieval Spain and the Mediterranean"Instituto de Historia CCHS-CSIC, Madrid

29 May -June 3: Noel Lenski, "Slavery, Trade, and Cultural Exchange on Rome's Eastern Frontier" Worlds in Motion, Princeton University

8-11 May: Noel Lenski, "Il significato dell'Editto di Milano" Convegno Internazionale di Studio nel XVII Centenario dell'Editto di Milano, Università Cattolica, Milan

2–4 May: “Mediterranean and Maritime Perspectives” UCMRP Spring Workshop & Symposium, University of California Santa Cruz

28 February-March 1: Brian Catlos, “”According to Right and Reason...” the Conundrum of Religious Diversity and Secular Law in the Medieval Mediterranean,” and Robert Pasnau "Divisions of Epistemic Labor: Some Remarks on the History of Fideism and Esotericism", Goode Family Lecture "Medieval Thought in the Mediterranean," University of Wyoming, Laramie WY

31 January–2 February: “Gendering the Mediterranean” UCMRP Winter Workshop, in conjunction with the UCLA CMRS Ahmanson Conference,"Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean" University of California at Los Angeles

4 January: “Stories of the Mediterranean in the Long Middle Ages I: Lives” & “Stories of the Mediterranean in the Long Middle Ages II: Places”, 127th American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Sessions co-organized by Brian Catlos and Andrew Devereux (Loyola Marymount); Session sponsors: The Mediterranean Seminar and The Medieval Academy of America

9 November: “Excavating the Past” UCMRP Fall Workshop, University of California at Santa Barbara

17 October: Brian Catlos, “Exceptional Iberia or Normative Mediterranean? Contexts of Ethno-religious Relations in the Middle Ages," College of Arts and SciencesOhio State University.

6–9 September: “Domino Effects and Hybridization of the Mediterranean,” 4th International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds, (Istanbul, Turkey), Brian Catlos, Organization Committee Member

July 4--28: NEH Summer Institute “Networks and Knowledge in the Medieval Muslim-Christian-Jewish Mediterranean” (Barcelona), Co-Directed by Brian Catlos and Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, UCSC)


2011-12 Events


Gerard Wiegers, Religious Studies (University of Amsterdam)
• Nov. 17: "The Granadan Translator Miguel de Luna, the Lead Books and the Quijote" A Lecture & Discussion: Spanish & Portuguese, McKenna 103 10am (co-ordinated by Brian Catlos)
• Nov. 15: “Religious Identity in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean” A Seminar: Macky 202, 3pm (co-ordinated by Brian Catlos)
 Nov. 15: "Crypto-Religion in the Mediterranean: The Life and Times of Samuel Pallache" A Public Lecutre: British Studies Room (Norlin Library) 7pm (co-ordinated by Brian Catlos; co-hosted by Jewish Studies)

Oct. 25: Valerio Ferme (CU Boulder) (co-ordinated by Michela Ardizzoni) Discussion of Franco Cassano's "Southern Thoughts and Other Essays on the Mediterranean" (Edited and translated by N. Bouchard and V. Ferme) Macky 202, 3-5pm (co-ordinated by Michela Ardizzoni)


Sept. 29: Peter Brown (Princeton U) "Alms and the "Holy Poor": Wealth and Labor in Early Christian Asceticism between Syria and Egypt" British Studies Room, Norlin Library, 7pm (co-oridnated by Noel Lenski)



Sept. 21: Giovanni Cecconi (U Florence)  "Old and New Paganisms in the Late Antique West: An Interpretive Model" HUMN 135, 5pm. (co-ordinated by Noel Lenski)