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Annual Symposium


JUNE 17-18, 2022



The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, leading a Mediterranean Studies Research Group and a Mediterranean Studies Certificate, invites submissions for an upcoming symposium on Mediterranean Studies to be held virtually in June 2022.

Following the successful outcome of the Mediterranean Symposium held in Ortigia in July 2021, we would like to continue our discussion on the discipline of Mediterranean Studies, an important field of inquiry that helps scholars and students alike to interrogate “established categories of cultural and historical analysis” (Hamilton and Silleras-Fernandez, “Iberia and the Mediterranean: An Introduction” in In and Of the Mediterranean, 2015). The regional designation of the Mediterranean allows for an exploration of the interconnectedness of many geographical areas and their peoples as well as the application of comparative studies and multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches from humanities, social sciences, art and media studies, and other fields.

Departing from the book Women in the Mediterranean edited by Leila Simona Talani and Serena Giusti (Routledge 2020) and prompted by current events within the Mediterranean area, this year, we are particularly interested in the challenges, responses, policies, and long-term impacts women on the shores of the Mediterranean are experiencing. Any historical period of reference is welcome; however, we would strongly encourage presenters to look at the region’s complexities also in modern and contemporary times.

This Mediterranean Studies symposium is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, in collaboration with our international partners. The official language will be English (even though each session’s Q&A may be conducted in the language most comfortable for the presenter and its audience).

The deadline to submit a 200-word abstract (together with bio) or complete panel (with all bios) proposals is NOVEMBER 29, 2021. Since the organizers would like to create an informal and conducive atmosphere of dialogue and brainstorming, the number of proposals accepted is restricted.


Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University

Rosario Pollicino, University of South Carolina, Columbia