Phase III

Founded in 2004 as a modest in-house venture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Mediterranean Seminar – currently with over 1,400 associated scholars worldwide – continues to be the leading initiative in Mediterranean Studies. June 2015 marked the end of our five-year Multi-Campus Research Project Initiative (MRPI), funded by the University of California Office of the President. Beginning in July 2010, this grant enabled us to organize fifteen workshop/conferences at six different University of California campuses and various collaborating institutions. In addition, we organized panels at the conferences of a number of scholarly associations (the Medieval Academy, the American Historical Association, the Middle East Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, the Society for the Study of the Medieval Mediterranean), as well as four NEH Summer Institutes for University and College Professors. We have launched a book series, Mediterranean Perspectives, with Palgrave Macmillan, currently with two volumes in the publication pipeline. Finally, and most importantly, we have continued to function as a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration and as a clearing house (via our email notifications) for projects relating to Mediterranean Studies, and we are proud of having contributed to the consolidation of what has become a very collegial and stimulating scholarly community.

Although our funding from the University of California has expired, we are supported by the University of Colorado at Boulder, and look forward to continuing our quarterly workshops with the support of our collaborators and their institutions. We also look forward to building new collaborations with institutions across North America and Europe as well as North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. If you are interested in hosting a Mediterranean Seminar Workshop, contact the Co-Directors at

Upcoming Mediterranean Seminar Workshops
   • Fall 2019: "Violence," University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), October 4 & 5
  • Winter 2020: "Emotions, Passions, and Feelings" University of Rochester (Rochester NY), February 21 & 22
  • Spring 2020: "The Global Mediterranean," The Ohio State University (Columbus OH), April 24 & 25
  • Fall 2020: "TBA," University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis MN), dates TBA
For past workshops click here.
If you are interested in sponsoring and co-organizing a workshop, please contact the Co-Directors at

Panels at Professional Meetings and Conferences
The Mediterranean Seminar is happy to co-organize Mediterranean-oriented panels at academic conferences and meetings of professional societies. Contact the Co-Directors at for further information.

Book Series
We are proud to announce that our book  series, Mediterranean Perspectives, published by Palgrave Macmillan is now up and running. We are interested in publishing Mediterranean-related scholarly monographs, editions, and collections of essays.  Inquiries may be made to the Co-Directors at

Undergraduate Textbook
With the sponsorship of the Mediterranean Seminar, Thomas Burman, Brian Catlos & Mark Meyerson are writing an undergraduate course book with the working title, “The Sea in the Middle: The Mediterranean World, 650—1650CE,” to be published in 2019 by the University of California Press.  Suitable for lower- and mid-level college courses, this textbook surveys the history and culture of the Mediterranean world in the medieval and early modern periods, emphasizing the interaction of the three Abrahamic faiths and integrating key developments in European, African, and West Asian histories. An accompanying source reader will be published simultaneously.

Summer Skills Seminars
Hosted by CU Boulder and the CU Boulder Mediterranean Studies Group, the Mediterranean Seminar organizes five-day intensive skills seminars, featuring world-class instruction in technical aspects of Mediterranean Studies, normally in early May. The 2016 Skills Seminar, "Reading Aljamiado" featured Prof. Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla, and the 2017 Skills Seminar, "Reading Ladino/Judezmo," featured Prof. David Bunis. If you have an idea for a future Skills Seminar, please contact Brian Catlos at

Mediterranean Studies Orientation Seminars
Brian Catlos and Sharon Kinoshita offer 1- or 2-day orientations on Mediterranean Studies pedagogy and research for faculty and graduate students. If you are interested in hosting an Orientation Seminar, contact the Co-Directors at for further information.