This WG will be responsible for debating the concept of borders, value and representation during the late Middle Ages and early modern period.
Note: activities are still subject to changes and more information will be soon uploaded.
Research Field 1
a) The concept of border
The concept of border. Legal frameworks between countries. Permeability of borders. Common research questions: how borders were viewed in relation to the ‘other’ in each European country, contrasting Muslim and Christian perspectives? What can we learn from legal and literary sources on this issue in different territories?
COST Meetings International conference: Visible and invisible borders in the premodern.
COST Training Schools Training School: Borders as lines and borders as zones separating peoples and religions.
Research Field 2
b) The representation of borders
The representation of borders. Common research questions: how have borders been represented in each tradition? What symbols were used to represent them and how did they influence the shaping of otherness? How could we
merge approaches grounded in cultural history, art history and literature to asses this issue?
Deliverables Production of a book resulting from the Workshop.
COST Meetings One Workshop: The Adriatic Basin in the early modern era between "Islamophobia" and "Islamophilia".
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.