Rivalry and Rhetoric in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Envisioning Empire in the Old World

Friday, October 28, 2011
9:30 am - 5:00 pm, William Andrews Clark Library - Facility

See below for additional information.


Registration Deadline: October 21, 2011 Registration Fees: $20 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge* http://www.c1718cs.ucla.edu/core11-1-r.htm

All students, UC faculty and staff may register via e-mail by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to c1718cs@humnet.ucla.edu *Students should be prepared to provide their current University ID at the conference.

Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants. Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.


Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
(310) 206-8552

Additional Information

The program involves humanities scholars whose research interests relate to the representation of empire and imperial rivalry in the early modern Mediterranean. The field of Mediterranean studies has grown tremendously in recent years, with rich investigations both within the national disciplines and in a comparative framework, placing empires side by side. This series will focus on the imbrication and entanglement of the various actors in the early modern Mediterranean (the Ottoman and the Habsburg empires, Portugal, Morocco, France, England, Venice, and so forth). How is imperial competition managed in different genres? How do literary and cultural productions render the alterity and the attraction of the cultures encountered? Rivalry and Rhetoric will feature three symposia that take us from the broadest problems of representation to a case study—early modern England—for which the "Mediterranean turn" has radically changed the field. Session 1— Envisioning Empire in the Old World “Envisioning Empire in the Old World” will consider problems of visual, material, and textual representation of contact zones and encounters among the Mediterranean empires. Topics include: Spain in Italy, Spain on the Ottomans, versions of Lepanto, North African Borderlands, travel writing, captive’s tales, merchants and ambassadors, citationality and textual traditions, lingua franca and the problems of communication, and contested spaces on the page and the stage.

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