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Occitania-Provence and the Mediterranean
Aix-en-Provence, May 2001


Call for Papers

Occitania-Provence and the Mediterranean:
Contributions, Exchanges, and Relationships

Maison Mediterranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme
Aix-en-Provence, France
May 22-26, 2001

The Mediterranean Studies Association's 4th annual International Congress,
"Occitania-Provence and the Mediterranean: Contributions, Exchanges, and
Relationships" will be held on May 22-26, 2001 at the Maison
Mediterranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Following a day of optional excursions, the congress will open with a
plenary session on the morning of May 23. Over the course of the next days
over 150 scholarly papers will be delivered before an international
audience of about 250 scholars, academics, and experts in a wide range of
fields. The official languages of the congress are French and English. In
addition, several special sessions in Portuguese (focused on
Franco-Portuguese cultural relationships) are being planned. Finally
sessions in any Mediterranean language are welcome. A number of special
events are being planned for conference participants that will highlight
the unique cultural aspects of Aix-en-Provence. The congress is sponsored
by the Mediterranean Studies Association, the Maison Mediterranéenne des
Sciences de l'Homme (a research department of l'Université de Provence, in
conjunction with l'Université d'Aix-Marseille and CNRS), the City of
Aix-en-Provence, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Arizona State
University, and the University of Kansas. Selected revised papers will be
considered for publication in the Association's journal, Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization
which promotes the scholarly study of Mediterranean cultures in all
aspects and disciplines. It is particularly concerned with the ideas and
ideals of western Mediterranean cultures from Late Antiquity to the
Enlightenment and their influence beyond these geographical and temporal

Proposals for papers and sessions are now being solicited. Papers and
proposals for sessions are encouraged which focus on the conference theme,
but any paper or session proposal with a Mediterranean theme, from any
period and any discipline, will be considered. Several sessions focusing
on the theme of Franco-Portuguese cultural relationships are being planned
and paper and session proposals that address this theme are especially
welcome. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work or theme
are also welcome. The typical panel will include three papers, each
lasting twenty minutes, a chair, and (optionally) a commentator. For
examples of paper and session topics, and the range of subjects, see the
programs from Lisbon (1998), Coimbra (1999), and Salvador (2000) at the
MSA web site:

Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a one-page
curriculum vitae for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
Each participant's name, e-mail and regular address, and phone number
should also be listed. Proposals are now being solicited for the first
round of consideration. The first deadline for submissions is November 1,

Please send proposals to: Mediterranean Studies Association, P.O. Box 212,
East Sandwich, MA 02537, USA. For information on the congress or the
Association contact