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Attend: “Mysticism & Devotion” Mediterranean Seminar Spring 2017 Workshop (21 & 22 April: Boulder)

The Mediterranean Seminar (, and CU Mediterranean Studies Group and Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder  invite participants to the 2017 Mediterranean Seminar Spring Workshop on the subject of “Mysticism and Devotion,” to be held the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder on 21 & 22 April in the “Skybox” (top floor) of the Duane Physics building.

Workshop sessions will take place on Friday, 21 April, with registration/coffee beginning at 9:15am, followed by three workshop papers and a presentation by our first featured scholar, Prof. Amy Remensnyder.

Workshop papers:
• Marla Segol (Jewish Studies, SUNY Buffalo): “Mystical Embryologies: Knowledge, Practice, and Devotion”
Respondent: Nan Goodman (English and Jewish Studies, CU Boulder)

• Marianne Kupin-Lisbin (History, U of Rochester): “New Approaches in Understanding the Lived Religious Culture of the Ottoman Balkans”
Respondent: Sabahat Adil (Asian Languages and Civilizations, CU Boulder)

• Anna Akasoy (Islamic Intellectual History, Hunter College): “Imaginary Spaces of Devotion in Andalusi Mystical Poetry”
Respondent: Cyrus Zargar (Religion, Augustana College)  

Featured Scholar
• Amy Remensnyder (History: Brown University): “Does the Sea Matter to the History of Mediterranean Devotion?”

Round-table sessions will take place on Saturday, 22 April, with registration/coffee beginning at 9:15am, and will feature three round tables, followed by a presentation by our second featured scholar, Dr. Maribel Fierro.

1. Mysticism and Doctrine - Are they Compatible or do they Conflict?
Moderator: Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, UC Santa Cruz)
• Michelle Hamilton (Spanish & Portuguese, Minnesota)
• Janine Peterson (History, Marist College)
• Nathan Fisher (Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara)
• Aun Hasan Ali  (Religious Studies, CU Boulder)
• Robert Pasnau (Philosophy, CU Boulder)

2. Do Mystical Traditions have a Politics?
Moderator: Claire Farago (Art History, CU Boulder)
• Hartley Lachter (Religion, Lehigh University)
• Núria Silleras (Spanish and Portuguese, CU Boulder)
• John Curry (History, University of Nevada Las Vegas)
• Matt Lynch (Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill)
• Edward Holt (History, Saint Louis University)
• Benjamin de Lee (History, CUNY Cortland)
3. “Mediterranean Religion”: Does it Function as a Category?
Moderator: Brian A. Catlos (Art History, CU Boulder)
• Sabahat Adil (Asian Language & Civilizations, CU Boulder)
• David Williams (History, niversity of Saint Katherine & Royal Holloway)
• Kevin Blankinship (Arabic Literature: University of Chicago)
• Karen Pinto (History: Boise State)
• Allen Fromherz (History: Georgia State)

Featured Scholar
• Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid): “The Political Mystics of al-Andalus”

• Brian A. Catlos (CU Boulder & UC Santa Cruz)
• Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz)
• Nan Goodman (CU Boulder)

The event is free, admittance is by registration only. Space is limited. Registered participants should attend the whole event.
For general information contact:
To register and to receive the workshop papers, and for logistical and site-specific information, please contact Jeffrey Baron (

This event is made possible by the generous support of a CU Boulder College of Arts and Sciences Innovative Seed Grant, the Program in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, the Center for Western Civilization, History, Philosophy, Asian Languages and Civilizations, Humanities, Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences. Administrative support provided by Religious Studies (CU Boulder).


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