CFP: Entanglements in the Early Modern Mediterranean

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018
Missouri, United States
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies


Entanglements in the Early Modern Mediterranean

at the Seventh Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

June 17th - 19th, 2019

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO


Our present society is tightly connected: people, goods, information, and technology traverse the global community at remarkable speed, creating a complex web of relationships, or "entanglements," that cross political, social, cultural, and economic boundaries. Such intricacies also existed in the early modern Mediterranean, particularly with the augmented personal contact and increased exchange of knowledge, culture, and commodities, set against conflict between rising states and hardened religious boundaries. Over the last few decades, historians have increasingly focused upon these entanglements, highlighting the complexity of life, both "in and of" the Mediterranean.


We are organizing panels that accentuate complexities or "entanglements" in the early modern Mediterranean. We are especially interested in paper and panel proposals that focus on science/medicine, economy, and religion, not only within the context of historical entanglements but also the interaction of these topics methodologically. Additional ideas are welcome for consideration.


Please send title (15 word maximum), abstract (150 word maximum), three keywords, and a one-page CV to the panel organizers, Beth Petitjean ( and/or Dru Swadener ( by December 15, 2018.

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