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CFP: Race and Nation (or Not?) in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean (4-7 January, Washington DC)

The special topic of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association to be held 4-7 January in Washington DC is “Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Global Perspective.”

The Mediterranean Seminar is seeking paper proposals for a session to be proposed entitled, “Race and Nation (or Not?) in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean”
Medieval history has long been seen through the lens of northern Europe and nineteenth century paradigms, including race and nation. Recent work notably in the realm of Mediterranean Studies has served to interrogate these categories and their validity for the premodern period. Clearly, notions of both race and nation were current in the Middle Ages; but what precisely did they mean and in what contexts were they deployed? To what degree did they shape individuals’ sense of themselves and their community, and of others? To what extent did they shape culture and policy or were they informed by it? And how can we square the reality of a multi-confessional, multi-lingual, culturally engaged Christian- and Muslim-dominated Mediterranean characterized by fluid identities, kin-based patrimonial polities, and inter-ethnic collaboration.

We seek proposals that engage these and related questions from any humanities perspective; inter-disciplinary, comparative, and methodological papers are particularly welcome.

Proposals (and inquiries) should be sent to Brian Catlos ( and Sharon Kinoshita ( by 10 February 2017, and should include:
• Paper or presentation titles
• Abstract or description (up to 300 words)
• Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)
• Correct e-mail addresst
• Affiliation, city, state, and country for each participant
• Audiovisual needs, if any
• Professional Twitter handle for each participant (optional)
• Website for each participant (optional)


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