Subterfuge and Deception in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean


Thu - Sat, Mar 3 to Mar 5, 4:00pm - 12:00pm


CMES, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Mediterranean Seminar and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies present

Subterfuge and Deception in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean
The Winter 2016 Workshop

Thursday, March 3, 4:00 pm
“What is Mediterranean Studies and Why?”
Brian A. Catlos (Religious Studies, CU Boulder)
Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, UC Santa Cruz)
This portion of the workshop is open to the public. It will take place at CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland Street.

Friday, March 4, 9:25 am - 4:45 pm
“Subterfuge and Deception in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean”
a workshop consisting of three pre-circulated papers with comment by the audience:
Argyro Nicolaou (Comparative Literature, Harvard University): Narratives of Deception and the Pre-Modern Mediterranean Imaginary
Fred Astren (Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University): The Gibeonite Gambit: Harranians, Karaites, and Khaybari Jews on the Margins of Medieval Islamic Society
Karen Pinto (History, Boise State): Masking Conflict with Harmony: The Two Faces of the KMMS Mediterranean Map

and our featured scholar:
Thomas F. Glick (History, Boston University): Deception and Subterfuge: A Medieval Miller in Court

Saturday, March 5, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
A round-table: “Harvard on the Mediterranean: A Conversation with Graduate Students”
Moderated by Brian Catlos & Sharon Kinoshita

The program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required for Friday and Saturday; please register no later than February 12. Lunch will be provided Friday for registered participants.

To register, contact Liz Flanagan (