WG 3 - Beyond Borders
This WG will be responsible for debating the concept of borders, value and representation during the late Middle Ages and early modern period.
a) The concept of border
Common research questions: 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?
b) The representation of borders
Common research questions: 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?
Conferences, Workshops and Training Schools
- Conference: Visible and invisible borders in the premodern period
- Conference: Images and Borderlands: Early Modern Mediterranean between Christendom and Ottoman Empire
- Training School: Borders as lines and borders as zones separating peoples and religions