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CFP:  Mediterranean Seminar Fall Workshop “Magic, Medicine, and Technology in the Mediterranean” (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 seeking proposals for papers to be workshopped and round-table 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.

We invite abstracts for papers on the topic “Magic, Medicine, and Technology in the Mediterranean” for the workshop to be held on Friday, 11 November. We seek papers in any relevant discipline, especially comparative or interdisciplinary work that uses the Mediterranean as a frame of analysis and addresses the topics of magic, science, or medicine or their representation. All North American-based scholars (or foreign scholars who will be in the US at this time) working on relevant material are encouraged to apply.

The workshop will be followed by a presentation by featured scholar, Monica Green (Arizona State University).

We are also seeking presenters for a one-day colloquium, “Magic, Science, and Medicine in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean,” to be held on Saturday, 12 November.

The three rubrics for the workshop are

- Disease, hospitals, and care in the Mediterranean
- Scientific exchange in the Mediterranean
- Magic and dissimulation in Mediterranean society

Round table participants will submit a short position paper (3-5 pp.) in advance of the meeting.

The Malta Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library will generously cover travel and lodging expenses for workshop presenters and substantial travel subsidies for round-table participants.

A separate call for attendees will go out in late August. Workshop and round-table presenters and attendees are encouraged to attend both events.

The deadline for workshop proposals is June 15, 2016. Please submit an abstract (250-500 words) and two-page CV by this date to (subject line: Fall 2016 Workshop Abstract). Successful applicants are expected to submit a 35-page (maximum) double-spaced paper-in-progress for pre-circulation by October 15.

If you are interested in presenting at one of the round tables, please send a brief statement of interest and 2-page CV to (subject line: Fall 2016 Round-table).

The Malta Study Center was founded in 1973 by Honorary Consul General of Malta-Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Joseph S. Micallef, KMOb. The center sponsors digitization projects to preserve the history of Malta, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, and the history of the Military Orders.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library's mission is to identify, digitally photograph, catalog and archive the contents of endangered manuscripts belonging to threatened communities, and to make these unique cultural resources available to users around the world. Since 1965, HMML has formed partnerships with over 540 libraries and archives to photograph more than 140,000 medieval, renaissance and early-modern manuscripts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.

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