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.
Note: activities are still subject to changes and more information will be soon uploaded.
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.
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.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.
The purpose of the Action is to provide a transnational and interdisciplinary approach capable of overcoming the segmentation that currently characterizes the study of relations between Christianity and Islam in late medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean.