Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the IS-LE activities scheduled for the current year might need to be rescheduled. Please stay tuned to know more about the rescheduling of activities.

Northern Europe And Islam. Borders And Non-contact Zones In Late Medieval And Early Modern Times, With A Focus On Scandinavia

Deadline: 15th of April 
Date: 6th– 9thJune 2023
Place: Stockholm, Sweden

Scientific Coordinators: Kurt Villads Jensen (Stockholm University), Joachim Östlund (Lund University), Jan Loop (Copenhagen University)

Abstract: Over the past decades, Marie Louise Prat’s concept of “contact zone” has made a huge impact on studies of cultural encounters in travel writing and colonial settings. In current historiography contacts between Europe and Islam have mainly been studied in the context of a shared border, with its specific cultural and political dynamics, and thereby produced a certain theoretical/historical knowledge. Much less attention has been paid on how networks, encounters and knowledge were produced in the context of non-contact zones. This is the case for the Nordic region, which is geographically clearly separated from “Muslim Lands”. Nonetheless, imaginary borders were still produced.  The aim of this training school is to discuss the dynamics of encounters between Christian Europe and the Islamic world in non-contact zones, particularly, but not only, in Scandinavia in medieval and early modern times. It will study the transmission of objects, texts and people and analyse the ways in which they were interpreted and understood and how they affected individual and collective identities.

Main objectives of the activity:  a) To study Late Medieval and Early Modern networks between the Islamic worlds and Europe, with focus on Scandinavia;  b) To discuss trade, exchange and mobility of objects and knowledge between the Mediterranean and the Baltic basin;  c) To analyse how such phenomena had an effect in the creation of individual and collective identities;  d) To develop a student network on long-distance encounters and Islamic legacy in Europe and Scandinavia;  e) To promote a dialogue between junior and senior scholars.

Deadline and details:  Students interested to participate in this training school are invited to submit their cover letters and CVs before 15th of April 2023 to the course secretary (sekreterare@medeltid.su.se), and to Professor Kurt Villads Jensen (kurt.villads.jen5sen@historia.su.se), Dr. Joachim Östlund (joachim.ostlund@hist.lu.se), and Professor Jan Loop (jlo@teol.ku.dk).

Negotiating Islamic Legacies in Europe: Concepts, Heritages, and Comparative Approaches

Deadline: 20th of December 2023
Date: 17th of January 2023
Place:  Athens, Greece

Scientific Coordinators: Eleni Gara (University of the Aegean), Elias Kolovos (University of Crete), Yorgos Tzedopoulos (University of Ioannina)    

Abstract: The legacies of a medieval (in the case of in the case of the Iberian and Italian peninsulas, Sicily and other western mediterranean islands) and/or early modern (in the case of the Ottoman Balkans and southern Central Europe) Islamic presence in Europe are still noticeable today, especially in the form of architectural heritage. Arabic and/or Ottoman mosques, especially, and other Islamic buildings, have been mostly treated as “unwelcome”, or “dissonant” heritage in contemporary Europe – or have not been recognized as heritage at all – and have been constantly contested and negotiated by national ideologies and state policies. Moreover, the Islamic past has been negated, at least in terms of visibility, in monuments of high symbolic value. This is the case of the Acropolis of Athens, which had been the fortified part of the town in Ottoman times, with the Parthenon having been transformed from a church into a mosque. In juxtaposition, monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul have been recently negated their Christian past. The legacies of an undesired past are constantly being reappraised. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars who would be interested in discussing the management of medieval and early modern Islamic heritage in contemporary Europe, the public discourses concerning this heritage, and, consequently, the questions raised by the above on the very concept of “heritage”.  

Deadline and details: This call for papers is now open for those researchers interested in taking part in the conference. Both early career scholars and senior researchers are welcome, as are those working in different fields, in order to encourage interdisciplinarity and plurality of dialogue. Proposals are invited consisting of a title, abstract (no more than 500), and a brief bio of 15 lines, which should be sent to Eleni Gara (egara@aegean.gr), Elias Kolovos (kolovos@uoc.gr) and Yorgos Tzedopoulo (tzedoy@gmail.com) by the deadline of December 20, 2022.  

Reimbursement of expenses: CA1829 IS-LE will be able to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses to a limited number of accepted participants. Applications should be submitted along with the proposals.

Deadline: 20th of December 2023
Date: 17th of January 2023
Place:  Athens, Greece

Scientific Coordinators: Eleni Gara (University of the Aegean), Elias Kolovos (University of Crete), Yorgos Tzedopoulos (University of Ioannina)    

Abstract: The legacies of a medieval (in the case of in the case of the Iberian and Italian peninsulas, Sicily and other western mediterranean islands) and/or early modern (in the case of the Ottoman Balkans and southern Central Europe) Islamic presence in Europe are still noticeable today, especially in the form of architectural heritage. Arabic and/or Ottoman mosques, especially, and other Islamic buildings, have been mostly treated as “unwelcome”, or “dissonant” heritage in contemporary Europe – or have not been recognized as heritage at all – and have been constantly contested and negotiated by national ideologies and state policies. Moreover, the Islamic past has been negated, at least in terms of visibility, in monuments of high symbolic value. This is the case of the Acropolis of Athens, which had been the fortified part of the town in Ottoman times, with the Parthenon having been transformed from a church into a mosque. In juxtaposition, monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul have been recently negated their Christian past. The legacies of an undesired past are constantly being reappraised. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars who would be interested in discussing the management of medieval and early modern Islamic heritage in contemporary Europe, the public discourses concerning this heritage, and, consequently, the questions raised by the above on the very concept of “heritage”.  

Deadline and details: This call for papers is now open for those researchers interested in taking part in the conference. Both early career scholars and senior researchers are welcome, as are those working in different fields, in order to encourage interdisciplinarity and plurality of dialogue. Proposals are invited consisting of a title, abstract (no more than 500), and a brief bio of 15 lines, which should be sent to Eleni Gara (egara@aegean.gr), Elias Kolovos (kolovos@uoc.gr) and Yorgos Tzedopoulo (tzedoy@gmail.com) by the deadline of December 20, 2022.  

Reimbursement of expenses: CA1829 IS-LE will be able to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses to a limited number of accepted participants. Applications should be submitted along with the proposals.

The migration of objects between Islam and Christianity in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean: new uses, new meanings

Deadline: 10th of March, 2023
Date: 15th – 16th of June, 2023
Place:  Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Scientific Coordinators: Mercedes García-Arenal (mercedes.garciaarenal@cchs.csic.es), Ana Rodríguez (ana.rodriguez@cchs.csic.es) and Antonio Urquízar-Herrera (aurquizar@geo.uned.es)  

Co-organizer: PetrifyingWealth-ERC-AdG (GA-695515)   This conference, organized by IS-LE COST Action (CA18129) Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750), aims to bring together scholars who work on the perception of Islam in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.    

Abstract: It has long been known that during late medieval and early modern times, objects circulated across different regions, cultures and religious areas, often covering great distances. They were carried by travellers, merchants and traders, and were given as gifts by diplomatic agents. They were frequently taken and targeted as the spoils of war. For the past several years, there has been increasing interest in the migration of such objects in the late medieval and early modern periods.    The aim of this seminar is to bring together research from a variety of fields that interacts with the following questions: What everyday objects maintained similar uses, and how can this fact be read? What other objects became precious items, or were prized, or even undervalued by collectors? Which were used as indices of political and military triumph? How were they used? What were the religious implications of the objects’ resignification? What happened in cases where objects migrated as a result of the forced displacement of people? And when a great many foreign and transported objects were subject to resignification, how did this transformation influence the tastes and fashions – regarding clothing, luxury or even household items – of the receiving culture? Lastly, when such objects were valued, prized or collected in another culture, did this fact condition how they were produced in their place of origin and, in turn, cause them to be resignified there as well?  

Deadline and details: This call for papers is now open for those researchers who are interested to participate in the conference. They are invited to submit their proposals with a title, an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief bio (maximum of 15 lines) before March 10, 2023 to: Antonio Urquízar Herrera (aurquizar@geo.uned.es).  

CA18129 Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are institutional visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, fostering collaboration between individuals. The Guidelines for Action Management, Monitoring and Assessment should be followed to ensure the proper implementation of this networking instrument (see www.cost.eu/guidelines_Action_management_monitoring_assessment). 
STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisation or legal entity where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home Institutions. The Host Institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant. 

Deadline: Applications for GP3 should be submitted before August 10, 2022 (results available on August 13, 2022

Financial details 

  • An STSM Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. A STSM Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. 
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 4000 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant (In the event of a high number of applications, the STMS Committee could propose a cap on the maximum allowances in order to provide more grants).  
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be afforded for travel costs. 
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 130 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses in ITC countries, up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses in other countries. 
  • Specific provisions have been introduced to enable researchers from ITC participating in the Action to request a pre-payment of 50% of their STSM Grant when they complete the first day of their STSM. In such case, the representative of the Host Institution must confirm by e-mail to the Grant Holder that the STSM applicant has officially started the mission on day 1. Only then the Grant Holder can arrange the payment of 50% of the STSM grant. The remaining 50% of the Grant is payable once the administrative requirements have been satisfied after the STSM. 
  • As a consequence of the Covid pandemic, travel may be restricted; other restrictions may also be imposed. Therefore, all bookings, with regard to both travelling and accommodation, must be refundable, and a free cancellation option is a prerequisite of any reservation, as in no case will COST reimburse expenses incurred if a mission is not carried out. Cancellation insurances are eligible travel expenses.  

Atlas of Almohad Architecture (ATARAL)

We want to bring to your attention a great new resource for architecture carried out under the rule of the Almohads! 

The project “Atlas of Almohad Architecture (ATARAL)” was realized by the financing of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain. The duration of the program is scheduled to last until June 2023. At the time of its opening to the public (February 2022) the online atlas contains a still limited number of buildings that will be increased gradually according to future information that will become available. 

Visit: https://www.ataral.es/

Charting Image and Self Image of Islam in Europe

Deadline: 10th of March 2022
Date: 10th of May 2022
Place: Paris (France)  

Scientific Coordinators: Youssef El Alaoui (youssef.elalaoui@univ-rouen.fr) and Luis Bernabé (Luis.Bernabe@ua.es)      

This conference, organized by IS-LE COST Action (CA18129) Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750), aims to bring together scholars who work on the perception of Islam in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.  

Abstract: The image of Islam in Europe was usually studied from a Christian-Western point of view, and without a longue durée approach. The aim of this workshop is to create a methodological framework for studying this topic, comparing different case studies through time and space, from the Middle Ages to the end of the Early Modern period, from Iberia to the Balkans, from the Christian and non-Christian point of view. We would like to map this game of perceptions between image and self-image, between identity and representation, breaking with the stereotypes and preestablished ideas and proposing new paths of analysis. Scholars who have been working on these topics and have material related to them are invited to submit a proposal for consideration.  

  • The themes may include, but are not limited to:  
  • The Muslim as a literary and historical character.
  • Race, religion, and cultural stereotypes. Methodological considerations.
  • Images and self-images of Islam at odds.
  • Key moments and key places of the construction of the image of Islam in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.  

Deadline and details: This call for papers is now open for those researchers who are interested to participate in the conference. They are invited to submit their proposals with a title, an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief bio (maximum of 15 lines) before 10th of March 2022 to: Borja FRANCO LLOPIS (bfranco@geo.uned.es).  

In addition to the specific standards established by COST Association regarding COVID-19 pandemic, researchers must also consider the measures adopted by local or national authorities in France. They might be required to be fully vaccinated and / or present a COVID-19 negative test to be able to participate in this activity.

Welcome to our new participants!

IS-LE is delighted to announce the new participants, who joined our Action in January 2022:  

Eleni Tounta (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Loïc Chollet (University of Neuchâtel)
Kristian Paskojević (Staroslavenski institut, Zagreb)
Carmen González Gutiérrez (University of Erfurt)
Michele Bosco (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
Antonia Martínez Ruipérez (UNED)
 

Welcome to the IS-LE Action! 

Rethinking Europe’s Early Modern Islamic Legacy

There is, in our time, a tendency to think of the historical interaction between Islam and Christianity in terms of conquest and religious conflict. This, to some extent, is the idea behind some of the more common social and political reactions to Muslim immigration – and in particular the challenge posed by the arrival of refugees – and behind the debate on their impact on fundamental European values.

However, this view is not shared by many of the researchers studying the relations between different religions and cultures in Europe, whose analysis reveals, by contrast, that for centuries, the situation was far more nuanced and complex, and not governed by confrontational parameters alone.

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