Windows into the Medieval Mediterranean

Despite the excellent work done in the fields of Mediterranean history and studies, the Medieval period remains an area of less attention. Contributors are sought for an edited collection, under contract with publishers Taylor and Francis, that illuminates the many worlds of the Medieval Mediterranean, from 470 to 1350, as a space both geographically unified around a single body of water, while simultaneously one of great cultural, political, economic, religious, and linguistic diversity. The volume, resting on a foundation of scholarly essays, is intended to provide both students, undergraduate and first year graduate, and faculty with resources to consider the complexities and dynamism of the Medieval Mediterranean. Each chapter will consist of several essays as follows:

A narrative portion between 2000 and 3000 words
Accompanying primary source materials, written and/or visual, illustrative of the author’s argument and meant to engage students more deeply into the topic.

Chapters with general (yet flexible) essay themes are as follows:

The Mediterranean and its Environmental History: natural history, geography, geology, plants and animals, biodiversity

The Mediterranean of Antiquity: first inhabitants, Phoenicians and their contemporaries, the Roman Mediterranean

Daily Life in the Medieval Mediterranean: Women, men, marriage, and families, sexuality and gender, the culinary world

A Space of Conflict: warfare (religious and secular), slavery, imperialism, race, and identity.

Corsairs and Pirates: this chapter is wide open

A Space of Convergence and Cooperation: the importance of hospitality, narratives of travel – religious, secular, mercantile, etc.,

A Profitable Mediterranean: commerce and trade, the world of the merchant, the demand and proliferation of goods

Religion in the Medieval Mediterranean: faith before the emergence of monotheism, the religious descendants of Abraham, religious influences from the Silk Road, faith at the intersections of discord and concord

Cultural and Cultural Exchanges in the Medieval Mediterranean: poetry and stories, art, architecture, and music, technology, the lessons of archaeology

Meeting in the Middle: the meeting of East and West in the emporiums of Arabia, the spread of language and communication, Silk

Road/Mediterranean connections

Toward a Renaissance Mediterranean: plague, illness, and death, a changing Mediterranean world, legacies of the Medieval Mediterranean

Please submit 300 to 500-word abstracts that address a specific chapter, along with initial thoughts on appropriate primary sources to Jeanette M. Fregulia, [email protected] by September 7, 2018. Authors will be notified by 17 September, and completed essays will be due by early spring 2019. Please also feel free to contact me with questions.

Source: Medieval Art Research

Monday 25 June 2018 - Friday 7 September 2018

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