Special Sessions: Sicily and Its Neighbors, I and II 48th International
Congress on Medieval Studies May 9 - 12, 2013 Western Michigan University
As a nexus of civilizations, the island of Sicily was in contact with
numerous European and African powers. As such, its past was inextricably
intertwined with the history of numerous lands. The 48^th International
Congress will include two (2) sessions titled "Sicily and its Neighbors"
intended to give scholars of various backgrounds and disciplines an
opportunity to share ideas about how Sicily's history influenced -- or was
influenced by -- the various civilizations with which it was in contact. In
other words, the sessions will provide scholars with an opportunity to
highlight connections between the island and the wider medieval world.
Indeed, the title is intentionally broad in the hopes that the CFP will
ferret out submissions from a wide range of scholars.
Possible topics include Sicily's relations with the Byzantine Empire and the
Islamic world. Papers on the island's relations with western powers are also
welcome. Topics here might include its role in the early Spanish Reconquista
and its later position as a possession of the Crown of Aragon. Other
possibilities include Sicily's relations with the Holy Roman Empire, its
interactions with Franco-Norman lands, its connections to the Plantagenets,
its influence on papal politics, and the role it played (and at times did
not play) in the Crusades. There are many possibilities.
Abstracts of 200 - 300 words and a Participant Information Form (PIF) should
be forwarded *no later than September 15* (the PIF is available at
Both should be directed to:
Dawn Marie Hayes
Department of History
Montclair State University
426 Dickson Hall
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
E-Mail: Dawn.Hayes@Montclair.edu <mailto:Dawn.Hayes@Montclair.edu>