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July 1-4, 2021


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


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



9:30 am – 10:45 am

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



11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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



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



9:30 am – 10:20 am

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



10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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



12:10 pm - 1:20 pm

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



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



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


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€)


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




Transportation from Catania Airport to Ortigia