Session Title

Contact Zones and Exchange in the Crown of Aragon and the Mediterranean

Sponsoring Organization(s)

North American Catalan Society

Organizer Name

John August Bollweg, Núria Silleras-Fernández

Organizer Affiliation

College of DuPage, Univ. of Colorado-Boulder

Presider Name

Montserrat Piera

Presider Affiliation

Temple Univ.

Paper Title 1

Transforming Courtly Practice: The Impact of Hohenstaufen and Angevin Princesses as Queens of the Crown of Aragon

Presenter 1 Name

Eileen P. McKiernan González

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Berea College

Paper Title 2

Words as Deeds: Deriving Political Legitimacy from Humanist Philosophy in the Fifteenth Century

Presenter 2 Name

Hollie Allen

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Colorado-Boulder

Paper Title 3

A Mediterranean Contact Zone in El Monserrate: Masculinity, Power, and the Questioning of a Castilian Spanish Empire

Presenter 3 Name

Vicente Lledó-Guillem

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Hofstra Univ.

Start Date

15-5-2016 8:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1135

Description

Contact zones, as Mary Louise Pratt theorized, are spaces where cultures meet and interact – border towns or trading centers where the movement of people and commodities creates contact. The medieval Crown of Aragon and its Mediterranean hegemony -- a dynastic aggregate that combined the Kingdoms of Aragon, Valencia, Mallorca, and the Principality of Catalonia, but also included at various times lands in what is now France (Montpellier and Corsica), Italy (Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia), Tunisia (Djerba), and Greece (the Duchy of Athens and Neopatria) -- can be seen as a contact zone where Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived and interacted. For this session NACS seeks papers that study and understand the Crown of Aragon as a contact zone where different ethno-religious groups lived and interacted, and where a broad cultural exchange of people, ideas, and objects sheds light not only on the dynamics of acculturation and exchange that characterized the region but also the multivalent identities of these regions.

John A. Bollweg

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Contact Zones and Exchange in the Crown of Aragon and the Mediterranean

Schneider 1135

Contact zones, as Mary Louise Pratt theorized, are spaces where cultures meet and interact – border towns or trading centers where the movement of people and commodities creates contact. The medieval Crown of Aragon and its Mediterranean hegemony -- a dynastic aggregate that combined the Kingdoms of Aragon, Valencia, Mallorca, and the Principality of Catalonia, but also included at various times lands in what is now France (Montpellier and Corsica), Italy (Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia), Tunisia (Djerba), and Greece (the Duchy of Athens and Neopatria) -- can be seen as a contact zone where Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived and interacted. For this session NACS seeks papers that study and understand the Crown of Aragon as a contact zone where different ethno-religious groups lived and interacted, and where a broad cultural exchange of people, ideas, and objects sheds light not only on the dynamics of acculturation and exchange that characterized the region but also the multivalent identities of these regions.

John A. Bollweg