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The Meditopos Conference is a biennial symposium for graduate students and junior faculty working in Mediterranean Studies. 

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Power and the Mediterranean

November 13-15, 2015

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Our thanks to the following units for their cosponsorship of this event: the departments of Classics, History of Art and Architecture, Comparative Literature, Screen Arts and Cultures, History, and English, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the program in Modern Greek, the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the Institute for the Humanities, and the International Institute.

Conference Program

All conference presentations including the keynote lecture will take place in the East Conference Room on the fourth floor of the Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Friday, November 13

Introductions4:00 pm

Power in the Ancient Mediterranean, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Natalie Abell, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Power Relationships and Production Practices in the Bronze Age Aegean

Ronnie Shi, Stanford University – The Mediterranean Slave Trade, Warfare, and Greek Power Relations in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE

Katherine Rice, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – Memories of Kings: Visualizing Power and Identity in the Royal Necropolis of Amaseia

Moderator: Aileen Das

Keynote Lecture by Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

“The Power of a ‘View from Land and Sea’ for the Mediterranean World”

Buffet Reception, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

West Conference Room, Rackham 4th floor


Saturday, November 14

Cinematic Power and Visual Culture, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Ifigenia Gonis, Harvard University – Depictions of Migration and Immigration in Greek Cinema

Kristin Barry, Ball State University – The Visual Culture of Legitimacy: The Lasting Trojan War Identity in the Forming of the Mediterranean

Sarah Davies, Whitman College – Weaving a Frayed Tapestry: Polybius and the Ancient Origins of ‘Mediterraneanism’

Moderator: Megan Holmes

Evolving Power Relations in the 19th Century, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dzavid Dzanic, Harvard University – The Bourbon Mediterranean and the droit des gens in Algeria, 1815-1830

Sarah Ghabrial, Columbia University – A Minister of Constantinople: Sawas Pacha and the ‘Islamization of Law’ in Colonial Algeria, 1892-1910

Shana Minkin, Sewanee, University of the South – Dying to be French: French consular death registries in late nineteenth-century Alexandria

Etienne Charrière, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Crossing the Aegean: The Rise of the Modern Greek Novel and the Question of Power

Moderator: Devi Mays

Within and Without: Views of the Early Modern Mediterranean, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Marianne Kupin-Lisbin, University of Rochester – Sufi Christian Saints: Shared Sacred Power in the 16th-Century Ottoman Balkans

Joshua White, University of Virginia – Defining the Ottoman Mediterranean: Law and the Limits of Imperial Power

John Porter, Central Methodist University – “What Men Desire:” The Prince of Morocco and Mediterranean Power in The Merchant of Venice

Ian Hathaway, Yale University – Bureaucratic Instruments and the Control of the Sea: Letters of Safe Passage from the Order of St. John’s Libri bullarum

Moderator: Mayte Green-Mercado


Sunday, November 15

Contemporary Narratives, 9:15 am – 10:45 am

Joanna Myers, University of Oregon – “The Blue and the Black:” Making Connections Through Retelling Conflicts in Mid-Century Mediterranean Noir

Elizabeth Marcus, Columbia University – The Two Language Problem: Sélim Abou, Lebanon, and the Ethnolinguistic Nation

Mathilde Zederman, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London – The Diasporic Tunisian Political Space in France after the 2011 Revolution: Towards New Power Relation Dynamics?

Moderator: TBA

Mapping Power: Movement and Migration, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Igor Tchoukarine, University of Minnesota – War, Migration, and Identity in the 20th Century through the Life of a Dalmation Seafarer

Sarah DeMott, New York University – Colonial Intersections: Subaltern mobility between Sicily and Tunisia

Tommaso Manfredini, Columbia University – Engaging the Border: Io sto con la sposa

Argyro Nicolaou, Harvard University – Sharing Power and the Mediterranean

Moderator: Michèle Hannoosh