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Attend: “Magic, Medicine, and Technology in the Mediterranean” Mediterranean Seminar Fall Workshop (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library: 11-12 November)

The Mediterranean Seminar (, the Malta Study Center and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library ( at Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN) in conjunction with the Mediterranean Studies Research Collaborative, Center for Medieval Studies, and Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are inviting participants for the 2016 Mediterranean Seminar Fall Workshop to be held at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library on the campus of Saint John’s University, on 11 & 12 November 2016 on the topic “Magic, Medicine, and Technology in the Mediterranean.”

The workshop will take place on Friday, 11 November, with registration at 9:30am, followed by three workshop papers and a presentation by our featured scholar.
• “Miraculous Potions, Wondrous Cures, and Enigmatic Spells. The Magician as Healer in Pre-Modern Islamic Society” • Christopher Braun (Warburg Institute)
Respondent: John Dagenais (UCLA)
• “Pick a Square, Any Square: The Fortunes of a Jewish Fortune Book Across the Mediterranean” • Noam Sienna (U Minnesota Twin Cities)
Respondent: Fred Astren (San Francisco State University)
• “Mediterranean Figures of Expertise: Military Technology in the Early Seventeenth-Century Western Mediterranean” • Oumelbanine Zhiri (University of California San Diego
Respondent: JB Shank (U Minnesota Twin Cities)
• “‘Orientis et Occidentis magister’: Constantinus Africanus and His Manuscript Legacy”
Featured Scholar: Monica Green (Arizona State University)

To be followed by a reception and dinner.

The colloquium on Saturday, 12 November will be organized around three round-tables.
“Disease, hospitals, and care in the Mediterranean”
• Robert Morrison (Bowdoin College)
• Kiril Petkov (U Wisconsin–River Falls)
• Valentina Pugliano (Christ's College, Cambridge/Stanford)
• Kira Robison (U Tennessee - Chattanooga)
Respondent: Michelle Hamilton (U Minnesota Twin Cities)
“Scientific exchange in the Mediterranean”
• Edgar Francis (U Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
• Veronica Menaldi (U Minnesota Twin Cities)
• Michael Ryan (University of New Mexico)
• Theresa Vann (U Minnesota Twin Cities)
Respondent: Sergio la Porta (Fresno State)

“Magic and dissimulation in Mediterranean society”
• Nicole Archambeau (CSU Fort Collins)
• Emily Kuffner (College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
• Taylor Moore (Rutgers University)
• Fariba Zarinebah (UC Riverside)
Respondent: Daniel Gullo (HMML)

To be followed by a reception and dinner.

For those arriving on 10 November, there will be a welcome reception from 6-8pm hosted by the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

Space is limited. For general information contact To register and to receive the workshop papers, and for logistical and site-specifc information, please contact Dr. Daniel Gullo (
Food and lodging will be provided to participants up to our capacity (on a first come, first serve basis).

Participants are expected to take part in the entire program.


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