On October 23, Sharon Kinoshita and Brian Catlos will join us for a conversation on the state of premodern Mediterranean studies. Together, Kinoshita and Catlos run the Mediterranean Seminar, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on Mediterranean cultures and societies, and also the role of the Mediterranean in historical narratives of “the West.” The seminar, which hosts a range of events (symposia, colloquia, workshops), has played a vital role in promoting Mediterranean studies in the United States. In recent years, they have co-edited the groundbreaking volume, Can We Talk Mediterranean?: Conversations on an Emerging Field in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Palgrave, 2017).
Sharon Kinoshita (Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz) is a specialist in Old French literature, medieval Mediterranean studies, medieval globalism, and postcolonial theories. She is the author of Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature (UPenn, 2006), co-editor with Peregrine Horden of A Companion to Mediterranean History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and translator of Marco Polo’s Description of the World (Hackett Press, 2016).
Brian Catlos (Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder) is a specialist in medieval Spanish history and author of Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain (Basic Books, 2018), Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad (Farar, Straus & Girour, 2014), and Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, ca. 1050-1614 (Cambridge UP, 2015).