2004

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0505  Tuesday, 24 February 2004

From:           B. Ravelhofer <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 23 Feb 2004 15:57:32 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        Urgent Call for Papers

EUROPE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD: CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS, 1453-1798

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading
Conference to be held 14-16 July 2004

Call for Papers

This conference seeks to explore the intriguing relationships between
Europe and its Islamic neighbours in historical perspective, from the
capture of Constantinople to the invasion of Egypt. We wish to look at
the Mediterranean as a region which facilitated cultural cross-currents,
trade relations and diplomatic exchanges. England's first engagements
with Eastern countries in cultural, political, and economic terms
provide another possible starting point. We are interested in official
encounters as much as individual go-betweens, private histories, and
travel narratives. It is our concern to balance Western accounts ("The
glorious Empire of the Turkes, the present terrour of the world", to
cite the influential early modern historian Richard Knolles) with
Eastern/Islamic perspectives.

We appeal to scholars from Oriental Studies, English Literature, Art
History, Architecture, and specialists in the Performing Arts.

We call for papers on any of the following topics:

Perceptions of the Ottoman Empire, its politics and culture in the West
Persia, India, North Africa
Communication and intelligence networks
'Western' or 'oriental' stereotypes in literature, drama and the arts
Travel and trade
Globalization in historical perspective
Diplomatic and political relations
Theatre and performance in Islamic cultures (but also in England)
Cross-cultural exchange

Please send proposals of up to 300 words.
Deadline: 1 March 2004

Please direct all proposals and enquiries to:
Dr Mark Hutchings
School of English & American Literature
University of Reading
Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AA, UK
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official website:

http://www.rdg.ac.uk/emrc/
or
http://www.reading.ac.uk/english/islamic_papers.htm

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