“The Uses of Memory in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean” Winter 2018 Mediterranean Seminar Workshop

Location: Oak Room (South Dining Hall) (View on map.nd.edu)

For the last several years Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz) and Brian Catlos (CU Boulder) have been convening thrice-annual workshops of the Mediterranean Seminar, and we're delighted to be hosting the winter meeting here at ND on February 2 and 3. This is a great forum in which to see the latest research on the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages.

Attendance is free of charge, but do please register by emailing Jeffrey Baron at jeffrey.baron@colorado.edu and join a number of ND faculty and grad students who'll be taking part. 

Keynote Speakers?  Sarah Bowen Savant (SOAS/Agha Khan University) and Lucy Pick (University of Chicago Divinity School).  



“The Uses of Memory in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean” Winter 2018 Mediterranean Seminar Workshop (2 & 3 February, Notre Dame)

The Mediterranean Seminar and the Medieval Institute invite participants to the 2018 Mediterranean Seminar Winter Workshop on the subject of “The Uses of Memory in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean,” to be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame on Friday, 2 & Saturday, 3 February 2018 in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall.

Workshop sessions will take place on Friday, 2 February, with registration/coffee beginning at 9:15am, followed by three workshop papers and a presentation by our first featured scholar, Sarah Bowen Savant.

Workshop papers:

  • Sabahat Adil, Asst Professor of Asian Languages & Civilizations, CU Boulder: Memories of a Prophetic Past: Production and Circulation of Arabic Didactic Poetry in the Early Modern Mediterranean; Respondent: David Wacks, Professor of Romance Languages, University of Oregon
  • Letha Ch’ien, Assistant Professor of Art History, Sonoma State University: Cultural Memory in Venice: Place, Place, Painting; Respondent: Marius Hauknes, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art History, Notre Dame University
  • Lee Mordechai, Postdoctoral Fellow, Medieval Institute, Notre Dame: Remembering Rome, Forgetting Byzantium: Afterlives of an Empire; Respondent: Karla Mallette, Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies, University of Michigan

Featured Scholar: Sarah Bowen Savant, SOAS / The Aga Khan University,London, ”History Writing as an ‘Art for Forgetting’”

Round-table sessions will take place on Saturday, 4 November, with registration/coffee beginning at 9:15am, and will feature three round tables followed by a presentation by our second featured scholar, Prof. Lucy Pick.

Round Table 1. What is the role of forgetting in the making of Mediterranean memory?
Moderator: Brian Catlos

  • Leonardo Francalanci, Assistant Professor of Iberian & Latin American Studies, Notre Dame
  • Ivan Marić, Grad Student, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, U of Edinburgh; scholar, Dumbarton Oaks
  • Anthony Minnema, Assistant Professor of History, Samford University
  • Marla Segol, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, SUNY Buffalo
  • Andrea Riedl, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Medieval Institute, ND, and University of Vienna

Round Table 2. Does collective memory cross religious/linguistic/ethnic boundaries in the Mediterranean?
Moderator: Sharon Kinoshita

  • Edward Holt, Graduate Student, History, St. Louis University
  • Matt Lynch, Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill; Visiting Instructor, Bard College
  • Padraic Rohan, Grad Student, History, Stanford University
  • Nina Zhiri. Prof., UC San Diego
  • Hanna MacKechnie, Instructor, History, Queen’s University
  • Simon Barton, Professor, History, University of Central Florida

Round Table 3. To what extent does collective memory in the Mediterranean assume and normalize religious plurality, and to what extent does it undermine and subvert religious plurality?
Moderator: Brian Catlos

  • Fred Astren, Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University
  • Mohamad Ballan, Graduate Student, History, University of Chicago
  • Samuel Cohen, Assistant Professor of History, Sonoma State U
  • Andrea Castonguay, Ph.D. Student, Islamic History, ND
  • Jeremy Pearson, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Medieval Institute, ND

Featured Scholar: Lucy Pick, University of Chicago Divinity School: TBA


  • Thomas E. Burman (Notre Dame)
  • Brian A. Catlos (CU Boulder & UC Santa Cruz)
  • Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz)

The event is free, admittance is by registration only. Space is limited. Registered participants are expected to attend the whole event. Lunches and coffee are provided to registered participants on both days.

For general information, email mailbox@mediterraneanseminar.org. To register and to receive the workshop papers, and for logistical and site-specific information, please contact Jeffrey Baron at jeffrey.baron@colorado.edu.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, the MI Religion and Pluralism in the Medieval Mediterranean Working Group, the MI Byzantine Studies Committee, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Departments of History and Romance Languages, and Religious Studies, and other departmental sponsors at CU Boulder.