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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). 

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



Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University

Rosario Pollicino, University of South Carolina, Columbia


PRELIMINARY AGENDA (all times to be confirmed)

Thursday, July 1

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration at Exedra Mediterranean Center

16:00 – 18:00 pm

Welcome Keynote Speaker (Italian cinematic director) at Exedra or Comune di SR

18:00 – 19:30 pm

Guided Walking Tour of Ortigia, ending at dinner location (or boat to transfer to restaurant) includes Exedra Arts Performance

20:00 pm

Welcome Dinner


Friday, July 2

9:00 am – 12:30/13:15 pm

Symposium sessions (4 or 5 papers)

13:00 - 16:00 pm

Lunch on your own

15:30 - 19:00/19:45 pm

Symposium sessions (4 or 5 papers)

21:00 pm

Alfio Patti Performance: open-air setting - Giardino dell’Artemision


Saturday, July 3

9:00 am – 12:30/13:15 pm

Symposium sessions (4 or 5 papers)

15:00 - 18:00 pm

Guided Tour of Archeological Park with transport from/to Ortigia

19:00 pm

Optional: Greek Theatre performance with return transport to Ortigia


Sunday, July 4

9:00 am – 12:30/13:15 pm

Symposium (4 or 5 papers)

13:15 - 14:30 pm

Farewell buffet lunch

14:30 - 15:30 pm

Closing keynote by Dr. Sarah Stein

Late Afternoon

Sicilian puppet show (time to be confirmed)


*Optional activities include: 

  • Greek theatre tickets in reserved seating area, taxes and transport (65€)
  • Medieval Sicilian Tour, July 5-7 (Enna, Cefalù, Palermo)



Symposium Fee is $400 (340) and includes:

  • 2 meals, all snacks and drinks while at the symposium
  • Program instruction and materials
  • 2 local tours (walking tour of Ortigia and Archeological park)
  • Puppet show and Exedra performance

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: $50 *Does NOT include meals or activities.

Registration for this symposium will open in 2021. To be the first to know when and how to register, please click here.




Transportation from Catania Airport to Ortigia



Medieval Sicilian Tour, July 5-7 (Enna, Cefalù, Palermo) 
Organized by Exedra Mediterranean Center, Siracusa

TBC: Price per person (700€) includes: 

  • Private transport with round-trip back to Catania/Siracusa 
  • Accommodation 2 nights in shared rooms with breakfast* (Wi-fi and A/C)
  • Exedra guide for three days
  • Tickets to sites at Enna, Cefalù and Palermo included
  • 2 group dinners - at Cefalù and Palermo
  • Third party general liability insurance coverage 

*Single room supplement: 100€

For more information on the Medieval Sicilian tour, please contact Susi Kimbell.