Working Groups

WG1 - The (imaginary) construction of the other

The purpose of this WG is to debate late medieval and early modern strategies for constructing religious, political and cultural otherness. To this end, it will focus on three research fields.

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Research Field 1

a) Anthropology and otherness:
semantic discourses on the creation of the other

Common research question: how to analyse in linguistic and anthropological terms the Christians’ definition of Islam and the self definition by Muslims in Europe?

  • Deliverables
    Creation of a open access database containing a thesaurus of terms taken from literature and from other documentary sources from different territories.
Research Field 2

b) From text to image, from image to text

Common research questions: what was the influence of literature on the representation of Islam in Europe? What was the role of images of Islam in shaping the literary universe of otherness?; What was the depiction of Europeans and Christians in Turkish, Persian and Arabic literature?

  • Deliverables
    Microsite (Confronting Borders Database) containing a catalogue of textual and visual sources with their geographic distribution and relationships.
  • COST Meetings
    Workshop 1: Dialogues in the Late Medieval Mediterranean: Methodological Encounters and (Dis)Encounters.
    Workshop 2: Outside Perception and Self Perception of Islam.
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Research Field 3

c) Material culture in the construction of the other

Common research questions: what was the role of the Islamic heritage in Europe on the shaping the perception of otherness? How to assess the 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? What do Islamic objects tell us in relation to the history of science? Has Islamic material culture been a part of European common heritage?

  • Deliverables
    One MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on Islamic Cultural Heritage in Europe.
  • Deliverables
    Workshop: Trade and cultural hybridism.
  • COST Training Schools
    Training School: Islamic Heritage in Europe, for training doctoral students.
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