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.

Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750). A thesaurus under discussion

Deadline: April 1, 2021
Date: 7 September 2021
Place: Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Scientific Coordinators: Sophia Abplanalp, University of Vienna (sophia.abplanalp@gmail.com), Borja Franco Llopis, UNED, Spain (bfranco@geo.uned.es), Fatih Parlak, Boğaziçi University, Turkey (ofatihparlak@gmail.com), Mirko Sardelic, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, (mirko.sardelic@ctie.hr), Antonio Urquízar-Herrera, UNED, Spain (aurquizar@geo.uned.es)

Abstract: Studying the relations between Christianity and Islam in late medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean means to cover a vast geographical region, which is diverse in its languages and cultures. Against this background it is necessary to find a common ground that makes it possible to understand the exchange between these two cultures as one border-crossing phenomenon. To achieve this comprehensive understanding, it is necessary to identify overarching ideas and common terms that are widely used in this field of research. Some of these terms are used analogically or even equivalent in different languages, which emphasizes the fact that there were similar images circulating throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Therefore, the aim of this project is to discuss each of the 5 below terms in the context of their historiographies and how they were shaped by then prevailing notions.

Topics (terms) to be addressed:

  1. Orient-Occident, Morgenland-Abendland, Doğu-Batı
  2. Coexistence, Convivencia
  3. Hybridity
  4. Border-Frontier, Center-Periphery, Holy Land 5. Reconquista, Rückeroberung, Fetih

Deadline and Details: Each proposal for an article should discuss one term, respectively one set of terms. The variations of the terms are not limited to the languages used above and can be complemented by translations into other languages. Proposals should not exceed one page (12 pt.), please also submit a short bio (250 words). The selected proposals will be presented during a workshop organized by the COST Action in Bosnia Harzegovina (University of Sarajevo), September 7, 2021. Due to budgetary restrictions, the number of reimbursed participants will be limited. If the Covid-19 situation prevents the in-person celebration of the workshop, it would be conducted online. Following the workshop, the articles will be published in a special issue of a journal to be announced at a later moment.We explicitly encourage submissions of researchers at any stages of their career and any related field of research.

Email: Sophia Abplanalp, University of Vienna, sophia.abplanalp@gmail.com, Fatih Parlak, Boğaziçi University, Turkey. ofatihparlak@gmail.com

Conference “Iconography and Religious Otherness”

Deadline: January 31, 2021
Date: 10-11 June 2021
Place: Rijeka (Croatia)

Scientific Coordinators: Ivana Čapeta Rakić (icapeta@ffst.hr), Giuseppe Capriotti (giuseppe.capriotti@unimc.it), and Marina Vicelja Matijašić (mvicelja@ffri.hr)

CA18129 is co-organising Fifteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies with the Center for Iconographic Studies (University of Rijeka), the Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Split), and the Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism (University of Macerata). There will be 3 sessions within the Conference sponsored by COST Action CA18129 and dedicated to the topics relevant to the Action.

Abstract: The creation of Otherness is a process by which a dominant group (Self, Us) constructs one or more outer groups (Them, Others) by assigning them different features and attributes, real or imagined. This continuous process was not only directed towards the outside, but also towards the inside, that is, towards dissident groups. With the recent political challenges, Otherness has become a highly relevant and frequently discussed topic among scholars from different disciplines, predominantly philosophy, anthropology, sociology, but also including literature (philology), art history and others. The aim of this conference is to put together scholars who would discuss and reconsider the concept of Otherness from an iconographic and iconological point of view. Scholars are invited to present proposals on different topics related to the construction of otherness in iconography i.e. the visualization of the Religious Other throughout all historical periods.Dedicated sessions sponsored by the COST Action CA18129 will be focused on the creation of the “Muslim Other” focusing specially on Christian-Muslim relations in the late medieval and early modern periods.

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 (maximum 2 pages – 500 words) and a short cv (with full name, institution, affiliation, address, phone number, e-mail address) before Deadline: January 31, 2021, to: cis@ffri.hr indicating that you are signing up for a dedicated CA18129 sessions. 

Conference: “The Islamic Legacy in the 20th and 21st Centuries”

Open call for applications to participate in the Conference “The Islamic Legacy in the 20th and 21st Centuries”

Deadline for applications: 25th March 2020
Dates: 20th – 21st October 2020.
Place: Cambridge (United Kingdom): Buckingham House, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road
Scientific coordinators: Elizabeth Drayson (eam33@cam.ac.uk), Borja Franco (bfranco@geo.uned.es)

Scope: The legacy of a medieval and/or early modern Islamic presence in both European and Mediterranean countries extends beyond 1750 and continues to manifest itself in life today. One particularly striking example is the powerful influence in current Spanish politics of ideas invoking the medieval heritage of Spain, including concepts of conquest and reconquest, often specifically in relation to the fall of Granada in 1492. Another example lies in the restoration of Ottoman heritage in the urban space of Istanbul that began after the pro-Islamic AKP party came to power in 2002. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars who would be interested in comparing aspects of life in European and Mediterranean countries today that demonstrate how Islamic and Christian interactions and influences in Medieval and Early-Modern Europe are still noticeable in contemporary cultural, political, historical and religious life.

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 Elizabeth Drayson (eam33@cam.ac.uk) and Borja Franco (bfranco@geo.uned.es) by the deadline of 25th March 2020.

Conference “Images and Borderlands: Mediterranean basin between Christendom and Ottoman Empire in the Early Modern Age”

Open call for applications to participate in the Conference “Images and Borderlands: Mediterranean basin between Christendom and Ottoman Empire in the Early Modern Age”

Deadline: 20th March
Dates: 16 – 17 September 2020
Place: Split (Croatia), City Museum of Split, Papaličeva 1
Scientific Coordinators: Ivana Čapeta Rakić (icapeta@ffst.hr), Giuseppe Capriotti (giuseppe.capriotti@unimc.it)

Scope: Following in the footsteps of Fernand Braudel, an increasing number of recent studies show that the Mediterranean basin might be considered as a “borderland” (Darling 2012), “borderscape” (Brambilla 2016) or “Frontier” (Castelnuovo 2000) suggesting that this area is not strictly a border between Christian and Muslim civilization, but a basin in which the two traditions and cultures meet and overlap, with an extraordinary variety of reactions to the hegemonic practices (acceptance, conflict, refusal, dissent). The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars who will discuss, from different perspectives and with a multidisciplinary approach, the variety of themes (topics) which revolve around the common issue of reflecting the problem of borderlands as a consequence of the encounter between Christendom and Ottoman Empire in the Early modern Mediterranean. The starting point of examination will be images, i.e. the usage of images (pictures, mental images, literaly images and other visual representations …) as historical evidences (Burke 2008).

Deadline and details: This call for papers is now open for those researchers who are interested in participating in the conference. Both early stage scholars as well as senior scholars are welcome. Scholars from different study fields are encouraged to give their proposals in order to achieve the goals of interdisciplinarity and plurality of dialogue. They are invited to submit their proposals with a title, an abstract (no more than 500 words) and a brief bio (maximum of 10/12 lines) to Ivana Čapeta Rakić, Ph.D (icapeta@ffst.hr ) and Giuseppe Capriotti, Ph.D. (giuseppe.capriotti@unimc.it). Deadline for sending a proposal is 20th March 2020.

Mediterranean crossings. Soldiers, prisoners and converts between permeable borders (16th-18th centuries)

Open call for applications to participate in the Mediterranean crossings. Soldiers, prisoners and converts between permeable borders (16th-18th centuries)

Deadline: 7th February
Dates: 13th-14th January  2021
Place: Palermo (Italy)
Scientific Coordinators: Giovanna FIUME (giovanna.fiume@unipa.it), Rita FOTI (rita.foti@unipa.it) and Bruno POMARA (bruno.pomara@uv.es).

Scope: The plurality of religions and legal-normative systems coexisting in the Mediterranean spaces has generated complex configurations which escape unilateral considerations and call into question the differentiation between distinct “cultural universes”. On the contrary, even in times of strong conflict, exchanges, connections and zones of contact between Christian and Muslim societies are highlighted from multiple perspectives. In particular, a now impressive bibliography concerns the theme of forced migration and mobility, on the one side, and transcultural interactions and religious conversions, on the other one. The purpose of the congress is to involve scholars from different countries in a comparative and multidisciplinary discussion. By focusing and interweaving individual and group trajectories, as well as institutional actors and legal-regulatory productions, papers may answer some of the following questions:

  • What are the rules, legal resources, political-religious, diplomatic and legal discourses of Mediterranean mobility and migration? How are they produced, used and negotiated? Which formal and informal practices do they give rise to?
  • What kind of contacts, crossings, exchanges, conflicts, disputes characterize mobility taking into account the different geographical, religious and socio-cultural areas across the Mediterranean?
  • What are the individual and group paths within and across confessional and religious boundaries? What are the actions, the discursive constructions, the processes of definition and redefinition to construct one’s own identity-making instances in conditions of political-religious permeability and/or confessional closures and stiffening of affiliations?
  • What role do religion and law play?
  • What are the (legal, political, economic, diplomatic, iconographic and literary) forms and instruments of captivity and redemption?

Deadline and details: Researchers interested to participate in the conference are invited to submit their proposals with a title, an abstract (no more than 500 words) and a brief bio (maximum of 15 lines) before 7 February 2020 to: islepalermo@gmail.com.

Trade and cultural hybridism: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Slaves – Islamic Legacies in Spain

Activity Canceled due to COVID 19

Workshop: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Slaves – Islamic Legacies in Spain (Madrid, 2020-2021, 2nd Grant Period, in collaboration with the ERC-project Global Horizons in Pre-Modern Art, Bern)

Event Date: 22 March 2021
Scientific Coordinator: Beate Fricke

Recent Studies have shed light on the role of Muslim slaves on the Iberian Peninsula already long before the expansion into the New World (e.g. Blumenthal 2009, Campbell/Gwyn 2007, Philipps 2014, Trivellato/Halevi 2014). Their contribution to the economic success of cities like Barcelona, Sevilla, and Valencia, and their role in the production of silk, textiles, astronomical instruments, and other luxury goods though needs further research. The history of material culture with regard to the crafting of commodities has been primarily written from the perspectives of white producers and consumers. 

This workshop would like to raise the following questions: what were the functions, roles, and contributions of Muslim slaves in the production and trade of luxury commodities, textiles, astronomical instruments, maps, and treasured objects? Which impact did they have upon the production and mobility of heritage objects between Islam and Christian Europe, including types of goods transported by immigrants, diplomatic gift exchanges, war booty, repercussions for their host countries, acquisition of other goods and cultural hybridism?

Core Group Meeting

DATES: from 2019-06-24 09:00 to 2019-06-24 16:00

LOCATION: Institute For Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy Of Sciences And Arts. Knez Mihailova, 35 (4th Floor), 11 000, Belgrade, Se, Belgrade, Serbia

Islamic Heritage in Europe

Dates: January 14-16, 2020.
Place: Granada and Córdoba (Spain).
Scientific coordinators: Elena Paulino, Borja Franco, Antonio Urquízar and Elena Díez Jorge.
Host institution: University of Granada.
Partners: UNED. Departamento de Historia del Arte de la Universidad de Granada. Máster Universitario Oficial en Tutela del Patrimonio Histórico-Artístico. El legado de al-Ándalus. CSIC. Unidad Asociada I+D+i UGR al CSIC. “Patrimonio Cultural árabe e islámico”.
Scholars involved: Peter Burke, Elias Kolovos, Valentina Živković, María Marcos, Elena Paulino, Borja Franco, Antonio Urquízar, Elena Díez Jorge, and Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza.
Number of students: 15

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Early Modern migration routes and the identity spaces

(Coming Soon)

The training school and materials treat the migration of Moriscos and Sefardic Jews to the Ottoman Empire and Europe. They are supposed to study the acculturation between the immigrants and local societies, but also how each group has established their borders or their spaces of identity.

  • The migration routes or the context of each migration (forced in the case of the Moriscos and the Sefardic Jews who were expelled from Spain and Portugal, as well optional or voluntary in the case of the Jews of Livorno or even the Moriscos who chose to change their country of residence). 
  • The identity spaces, in the way of the acculturation or the open identity spaces, and the closed identity spaces.
  • Planned visit to Testour (Morisco town) as a very good example of the acculturation and the conservation of identity.

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