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Online course: Introduction to the Archive of the Crown of Aragon (documents in Latin to ca. 1350), 3rd Mediterranean Studies Summer Online Skills Seminar (12–15 May 2020)

Due to measures taken to reduce the danger of the current COVID pandemic, the University of Colorado Boulder has cancelled on-campus events through May 2020. Nevertheless, an modified online version of the Summer Skills Seminar is planned which will be held via ZOOM. 

Those who attend the 2020 Skills Seminar via ZOOM will have the option of also attending a fuller in-person, on-campus iteration of the skills seminar in May 2021, should this be held (for which we will be reading a different selection of documents).

The Archive of the Crown of Aragon (ACA) in Barcelona contains one of the largest and richest archival collections relating to medieval Europe, comprising hundreds of thousands of documents, most from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries, and including financial records, royal letters, administrative documents, trial records, treaties, and many other genres and types. The documentation can be used for a whole range of topics including social, economic, political, institutional, gender, diplomatic, cultural and religious history. 

The territories of the Crown of Aragon included much of the Iberian Peninsula, parts of southern France, Sicily and southern Italy, parts of Tunisia and Greece, the Balearics, Sardinia and other Mediterranean islands. It had a large and diverse urban population, was highly integrated into Mediterranean and European trade systems, and had significant populations of Muslims and Jews. It developed one of the earliest and most robust chanceries of medieval Europe; the collections of which have weathered the vicissitudes of history all but intact. Much of the documentation has yet to be used by modern historians. The skills seminar will focus on the Latin-language documentation (from the eleventh to the mid-fourteenth centuries) in the archive’s collections.

This four-day intensive skills seminar will provide participants with an overview of the collections of the ACA, including access to online resources and reproductions, and focus on a hands-on introduction to reading unedited documents from a variety of the archive’s fonds. 

Other topics will include: manuscript abbreviations, dating systems, place and personal names, and research resources and techniques. As much as possible the content will be catered to participants’ interests and needs. Medievalists of all disciplines, graduate students, and qualified undergraduate students, as well as library and archival professionals are encouraged to apply. 

The goal is to provides attendees with a solid preparation for conducting work remotely via the PARES web portal and on-site at the ACA. This will not only aid their research but provide them with a bona fide (in the form of a certificate of completion for those who attend the full seminar), which may be advantageous in securing grants or other funding for research and travel. The ability to do archival research with unedited documents is a skill relatively few doctoral students master, and it enhances the research profile and CV of academic job-seekers.

Participants will find the skills and techniques which the course focuses on useful not only at the Archive of the Crown but at other medieval archives across Spain and Europe.

Applicants should have at least an intermediate level of reading Latin. Those wishing to bone-up on their Latin fluency in advance of the course are encouraged to read the Latin Vulgate and review declensions and conjugations. 

For sample documents, together with transcriptions click here

This Summer Skills Seminar builds on the experience of earlier editions, which participants signaled as “transformative” in terms of their research, and which provided them with an opportunity to network and lay the foundations for future collaborations.


The cost of the course is: $1000 for Full Professors, Librarians,  Professionals, Independent Scholars; $750 for tenured Associates; $500 for non-tenured Associates and Assistants & Graduate and Undergraduate students; $350 for Adjuncts, Lecturers & Contingent faculty. Members of supporting University of Colorado departments are eligible for a 50% discount. The cost may be tax deductible. Those who pay for the online course will be entitled to attend an in-person iteration planned for May 2021.

The course will be held 13-15 May 2020 from 10am to noon and 1-3pm Mountain TIme via ZOOM

The course will be conducted by Prof. Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies, CU Boulder). A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies (Phd, 2000) and now a historian of pre-Modern Spain and the Mediterranean, Catlos has been using the collections of the ACA since 1995, primarily for research into the social and economic history of the Crown of Aragon and Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations. 

Important dates:
Application deadline: 1 May 2020
Confirmation of course enrollment: 4 May 2020 
Tuition due: 8 May 2020
Seminar: Tuesday, 12 May – Friday, 15 May, 10am–noon and 1-3pm MST

Apply via this form
For further information or inquiries, contact Brian Catlos (brian.catlos@colorado.edu; subject: “Summer Skills Information”)

This program is organized by the CU Mediterranean Studies Group under the aegis of the Mediterranean Seminar and is made possible thanks to the support of the University of Colorado Boulder.

CfP: St Louis University, 2017


Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600­-1600)
Saint Louis, 19-21 June 2017)

The Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in conjunction with the Medieval Iberia and North Africa Group at the University of Chicago invite abstracts for an upcoming conference, “Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600­1600),” to be held at the SLU campus on June 19­-21, 2017 during the 5th Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The aim of this sub-conference is to build on recent scholarship which has sought to move beyond notions of “the state” as a mode of inquiry in Iberian and North African studies, and to promote instead a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, cultural production, and religious practices of these regions. Toward that end, this conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to facilitate conversations about the relationships between politics, historiography, art, literature, and religion in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:
● How were kinship and patronage networks forged and negotiated, dismantled and maintained?
● What (in)formal bonds and socio­religious rituals demonstrated (dis)loyalty, whether within families or between political actors?
● How were institutions formed and maintained?
● How were concepts of (il)legitimacy produced, critiqued, and perpetuated during this period?
● What role did art, architecture and material culture play in the construction of notions of legitimacy and authenticity?
● How did the transmission or co­production of knowledge and culture across religious boundaries contribute to medieval and early modern genealogies of knowledge? How did these processes bolster or discredit claims to epistemological legitimacy?

These questions are meant to be interpreted broadly, and applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers addressing the conference’s title themes. Possible topics include but are not limited to: royal and noble families; inheritance and succession; marriage; dynastic politics and genealogical narratives; oaths and fealty; jurisprudence and theology; intellectual traditions and networks; textual and artistic production, especially the “co­production” of culture across social, ethnic, and religious boundaries; document authenticity and forgery; administrative precedent and innovation.

We encourage submissions for 20­ minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars. Graduate students, post­doctoral researchers, and early­ career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Edward Holt (eholt3@slu.edu) by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Edward Holt or Mohamad Ballan (mballan87@gmail.com).

CFP: Religious Identities, Coexistence, Conflicts and Exchanges in the Mediterranean (7 & 8 May, Valencia)

2015-03-ReligiousIDs-CFPCFP: Religious Identities, Coexistence, Conflicts and Exchanges in the Mediterranean, 12thC – 18thC
Valencia, 7-8 May 2015

La cuestión de la “identidad” como tal, así como de la integración de las minorías quevivieron bajo un mismo marco legislativo, político y religioso es uno de los asuntos de mayor actualidad en la investigación internacional. En este congreso analizaremos, desde una perspectiva pluridisciplinar, la evolución de dicha realidad transcultural, focalizando nuestra atención en los mecanismos de integración y exclusión que sedieron durante los siglos XII al XVII en el Mediterráneo debido a la coexistencia de diversas confesiones.

• Análisis de la conformación de las identidades religiosas en el Mediterráneo.
• Espacios de convivencia.
• Inquisición, violencia y represión.
• La imagen del “otro”.
• Redes interconfesionales de solidaridad.

Ponentes invitados
Dr. Luis Bernabé Pons (Universidad de Alicante-Cátedra Unesco Islam, cultura y sociedad)
Dra. Giovanna Fiume (Università degli Studi di Palermo)
Dra. Beate Fricke (University of California, Berkeley)
Dr. Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Dr. Maurizio Sangalli (Istituto Sangalli per la storia e le culture religiose, Florencia)
Dr. Amadeo Serra Desfilis (Universitat de València)
Dr. Antonio Urquízar Herrera. (Universidad Nacional a Distancia)

Comité científico
Dr. Joan Aliaga Morell (Universitat Politécnica de València)
Dr. Luis Arciniega García (Universitat de València)
Dr. Ximo Company Climent (Universitat de Lleida)
Dr. Simon Ditchfield (University of York)
Dra. Mercedes García Arenal (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
Dr. Vincenzo Lavenia (Università degli Studi di Macerata)
Dr. Enrique Soria Mesa (Universidad de Córdoba)
Dr. John Tolan (Universitè de Nantes)

Comité organizador
Organiza el grupo de investigación Identidades en conflicto: la expresión artística e identitaria de las minorías religiosas en el Reino de Valencia medieval y moderno. (ICEMM) GV/2014/048.
Dr. Borja Franco (Universitat de València)
Dr. Felipe Jerez (Universitat de València)
Dr. Manuel Lomas (Universitat de València)
D. Bruno Pomara Saverino (Universitat de València)
Dra. Nuria Ramón (Universitat Politécnica de València)
Dña. Bárbara Ruiz-Bejarano (Universidad de Alicante)

Propuesta de comunicaciones
Se deberá presentar un texto de una extensión máxima de 400 palabras en español, inglés, italiano o francés, así como un breve resumen de la trayectoria investigadora con las principales publicaciones. El plazo máximo de entrega será 31 de marzo de 2015, siendo comunicada la aceptación el 7 de abril. Dichas propuestas se enviarán al siguiente e-mail: identidadesenconflicto@gmail.com. La extensión de la exposición oral de las comunicaciones será de 15 minutos aproximadamente. El resultado científico de las mismas será publicada en formato de libro con sistema de revisores por pares ciegos. Se podrán seguir las noticias del congreso a través de la página de Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/identidadesenconflicto

Estudiantes Universitarios que no presenten comunicación: 10 euros.
Profesorado o profesionales del ámbito de la cultura que no presenten comunicación: 20 euros.
En ambos casos se expedirá un certificado de asistencia si acude al 75% de las conferencias o sesiones.
Comunicante: Se fija una cuota de inscripción de 50 euros. La matrícula da derecho al libro resultante de las ponencias y comunicaciones del congreso.

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