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IMG_1621Susan Abraham is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish and a former coordinator of Meditopos. Her research focuses on seventeenth-century Morisco texts composed in Morocco and Tunisia. She is interested in how Morisco writers addressed questions of religiopolitical identity and how their texts attempt to refashion the historical narrative of their expulsion and their place within the Mediterranean. She is currently an organizer of the 2015 Meditopos Conference.



Michèle Hannoosh is professor of French and the lead faculty on the University of Michigan’s Mediterranean studies initiative. Her research focus is nineteenth-century French literature, art, and society; art criticism, relations between the arts; the city, Walter Benjamin, the history of modernity; the representation of history; parody; comparative literature; the Mediterranean. She recently published a major new edition, in French and with commentary, of Eugène Delacroix’s Journals, including the painter’s voyage to the Maghreb and southern Spain.



Persephone HVPersephone Hernandez-Vogt  is a graduate student in Romance Languages and Literatures and is a coordinator of Meditopos. She is interested in the interplay between gender and madness in Early Modern Spanish and French literature.





Megan Holmes is professor of Italian Renaissance art history. Her scholarly interests include the social history of art, popular religion, visual and material culture, monasticism and the arts, and print culture. She is currently working on a book on miracle-working images in Renaissance Florence.





Harry Kashdan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. His research interests are in Mediterranean food culture, cookbooks, twentieth-century Italian and Arabic literature, cosmopolitanism, exile and nostalgia, and Mediterranean Jewish communities. He is currently an organizer of the 2015 Meditopos Conference.




Karla Mallette is professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies.  She s studies communications between literary traditions in the medieval Mediterranean – especially Arabic and the Romance vernaculars – and the way that we remember that history today. Her first book, The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), traced the transition between Arabic and Italian literary traditions in medieval Sicily; her second, European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), focused on a southern European tradition of scholarship that identifies the origins of modernity in the contact between Islamic and Christian civilizations in the medieval Mediterranean. Her current project, tentatively titled “Lingua franca in the Mediterranean,” examines linguistic strategies used to communicate across the boundaries that language creates. She has published essays on medieval translations of Aristotelian philosophy, framed narratives, European Orientalism, and Mediterranean Studies, in addition to Italian literature.


Will Stroebel is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature. He works on Modern Greek, Turkish, and Balkan literatures of the 19th and 20th Centuries. His research interests include New Materialism, Book History, Actor-Network Theory and Mediterranean Studies.





Peter Vorissis is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature and is a coordinator of Meditopos. He works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century French, Modern Greek, and English literature, and is interested in ekphrasis and visual arts, mythology, classical reception, and translation.