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The Mediterranean Studies Symposium, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and its local partners, will be held in breathtaking Ortigia, July 1-4, 2021, at the Exedra Mediterranean Center. The official language of the symposium will be English (even though each session’s Q&A can be conducted in the language most comfortable for the presenter and its audience). We are currently anticipating a hybrid format with those who can travel safely meeting onsite in Ortigia and those who cannot travel attending the conference by remote electronic connection. 

The deadline to submit a 200-word abstract (together with bio) or complete panel (with all bios) proposal is NOVEMBER 29, 2020. Seeking to create an informal and conducive atmosphere of dialogue and brainstorming, the number of proposals accepted is restricted. *Possible publication in a collective volume.

Call for Submissions

 

ORGANIZERS

Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University

Rosario Pollicino, University of South Carolina, Columbia

 

AGENDA (all times to be confirmed)

Thursday, July 1

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Registration at Exedra Mediterranean Center; Lunch break on your own

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Welcome at Exedra

3:20 pm – 4:50 pm

Mediterranean through Film and Documentary (Laviosa, Iacovella, Vegna (virtual), Guenther (virtual)) - Chair: Laviosa

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Guided Walking Tour of Ortigia and apericena (refreshments)

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Opening Keynote by Giovanna Taviani, Italian cinematic director. Presentation and screening of her documentary Fughe e approdi at Comune di SR in open-air setting

 

Friday, July 2

 

AULA A

9:30 am – 10:45 am

Mediterranean Identities: Deconstructing the Imagery (Tonelli, Bilotti, Macri') - Moderator: Laura Paulizzi

 

COFFEE BREAK

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Mediterranean Welfare (Di Gregorio, Pulvirenti, Boscarello, Serina) - Chair: Tagliaferri

 

LUNCH BREAK ON YOUR OWN

3:00 pm - 4:10 pm

The Global South and Its Challenges (Lanzillotta, Pezzotti (virtual), Chiafele (virtual)) - Chair: Boll

4:25 pm - 5:25 pm

Mediterranean Art (Pollicino, Grasso, Summerfield) - Chair: Pollicino

5:40 pm - 6:50 pm

Sicily and the Mediterranean through Literature (Cauchi-Santoro (virtual), Gallo, Rosati) - Chair: Summerfield

 

Exedra Arts Event - "Aretusa"

 

Saturday, July 3

 

AULA MAGNA

9:30 am – 10:20 am

Civic engagement and isola(tion) (Lucamante, Ghezzo) - Chair: Gallo

 

COFFEE BREAK

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Culture in the Mediterranean (Sottilotta, Hafez, D'Amore) Chair: Iacovella

 

COFFEE BREAK

12:10 pm - 1:20 pm

Historical Mediterranean (Romano, Frasca, Tagliaferri) - Chair: Grasso

 

LUNCH BREAK ON YOUR OWN

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Border-crossings and trade between the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean space (Boll, Csillag, Pioli (virtual), Licata) - Chair: Licata

 

COFFEE BREAK

4:45 pm - 5:50 pm

Practices and Policies in the Mediterranean (Moroni, Gonzalez, Fierro) - Chair: Boscarello

6:00 pm

Alfio Patti Performance 

Euripides - Greek Theatre (optional)

 

Sunday, July 4

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Visit Archeological Park

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Round Table: Utopia e critica nel Mediterraneo - Tonelli, moderator; Cecere and Paulizzi, curators; Lo Giudice, Magri', Pollicino, Summerfield, discussants

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

COFFEE BREAK

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing keynote at Exedra - Dr. Sarah Stein (virtual) "The queen of herbs: a plant’s-eyed view of the Modern, Jewish Mediterranean"

6:00 pm

Farewell apericena (refreshments)

Aeschylus - Greek Theatre (optional)

 

Download the list of participants

 

*Optional activities include: 

  • Greek theatre tickets in reserved seating area, taxes and transport (65€)

PRICING

Symposium Fee is $320 (270) and includes (full face-to-face participation):

  • Program instruction and materials
  • Exedra facilities with staff support
  • Coffee breaks July 1-4
  • 2 apericene in Ortigia open air (welcome and farewell meals)
  • Transports, tickets and guide to Archeological park
  • Ortigia tour with guide and tickets

Student Fee: $180 *Includes all meals and activities. Please email our team for more information on how to register at this rate.

One-Day Fee: $80 *one day participation face-to-face with coffee breaks but no apericene or activities

Register Now!

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotels

Transportation from Catania Airport to Ortigia