LMU Conference Program



William Hannon library, 3rd Floor
Von der Ahe Family suite

9:00-09:30    REGISTRATION

        Registration on site: $15 for public, $10 for students, free for members of LMU community

        We encourage pre-registration at the following link: http://bit.ly/1isAGME
Parking available in University Hall Garage, off Lincoln Blvd.

9:30-09:50    OPENING REMARKS

        Andrew Devereux (Loyola Marymount University)

        Michael O’Sullivan (Dean BCLA, Loyola Marymount University)

        Sharon Kinoshita and Brian Catlos (Co-Directors the Mediterranean Seminar/UC MRP)

        Yuen-Gen Liang (President, Spain-North Africa Project)

9:50-11:50 WORKSHOP: Consolidation of Identity on the Margins in North Africa

        Moderator: Paul Sidelko (Metropolitan State University of Denver)

        Mohamad Ballan (University of Chicago), “‘They shall come to you from the West with

        God’s religion’: Ibāḍī Doctrine and Berber Identity in Ibn Sallām’s Kitāb (ca. 875)”

    Commentator: Paul Love (University of Michigan)

Manuela Ceballos (Emory University), “Power and Vulnerability in the Biography of

        a Sixteenth Century Moroccan Saint”

    Commentator: Emily Gottreich (University of California, Berkeley)

11:50-13:00    LUNCH

13:00-15:15    PANEL: Expressions of Power


Chair: Najwa al-Qattan (Loyola Marymount University)

        Discussants: Abigail Krasner Balbale (Bard Graduate Center)

           Camilo Gómez-Rivas (The American University in Cairo)

    Yoshihiko Ito (Tokai University), “New Power, Old Territory, and

        Renewed Architecture in the 10th-Century Kingdom of León”

    Thomas Devaney (University of Rochester), “From Tension to Violence:

        Inciting a Riot in Fifteenth-Century Castile”

    Marya T. Green-Mercado (University of Michigan), “Prophecy as Diplomacy:

        Morisco Prophecies of Henry IV of France”

    Sasha Pack (University at Buffalo), “Francisco Merry y Colom and

        the Ambivalent Spanish Encounter with Moroccan Jewry, 1860-1864”

15:15-15:30    COFFEE BREAK

15:30-18:00    TALKING ARTIFACTS: Geographies of Power

Chair: Yuen-Gen Liang (Wheaton College MA and National Taiwan University)

        Discussant: Audience

    Josie Hendrickson (University of Alberta), “Power and Pilgrimage:

        al-Burzulī (d. 1438) on Sailing with Christians”

    Karen Pinto (Gettysburg College), “Islamic Maps as Maghrib/Mediterranean Artifacts”

    Gil Klein (Loyola Marymount University), “Subverting Cities: Roman Land

        and Rabbinic Assumption of Imperial Power in the Eastern Mediterranean”

18:00-19:30    RECEPTION: The Marymount Institute, University Hall, Room 3002

The SNAP conference is made possible by the generous support of Loyola Marymount University’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Provost, the Department of History, the Peace Studies Program, Dr. Lawrence A. Tritle (Dept. of History), the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts, and the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies


This workshop will consist of discussion of three pre-circulated papers and a presentation by featured scholar, Adam Sabra (History, University of California-Santa Barbara)

Location: Marymount Institute, University Hall, Room 3002

More information and call for papers at