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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



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 Giovanna Taviani, director and founder of the SalinaDoc Fest at Exedra or Comune di SR

18:00 – 19:30 pm

Guided Walking Tour of Ortigia

20:00 pm



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


14:30 - 15:30 pm

Closing keynote by Dr. Sarah Stein


*Optional activities include: 

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


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!




Transportation from Catania Airport to Ortigia