CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Between Empires: Orientalism Before 1600

Source of Information: CFP 2000-04-26, Update: CFP 2000-05-04 (received: 2000-05-10)
Date of Event: 2001-07-12 to 15
Location of event: Cambridge, U.K.
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2000-09-30

Between Empires: Orientalism Before 1600.
A conference at Trinity College, Cambridge. July 12-15 2001.
Key note speakers: Lisa Jardine, Jonathan Rhy Smith, John Tolan, Gilles
Veinstein, Christopher Page.
Ever since the publication of Edward Said's "Orientalism" in 1978, the
ideological underpinnings of Europe's encounters with those regions,
peoples and cultures that represented the "Orient" have been subject to
intense scrutiny.
However, two central issues concerning interaction between the
"Orient" and Europe require further consideration.  Firstly, what were the
precursors of Orientalism?  How did travel, trade, crusades, missionary
activity and cultural exchange between empires in the centuries that
preceded the age of European expansion and colonisation influence Western
perceptions of the East?  In what ways did the meaning of "the
East" change before the seventeenth century?  Secondly, what were the
responses of the many non-European empires to the travellers, armies,
ambassadors and entrepreneurs of the West?  What form does
"Occidentalism" take before 1600?
The aim of this conference is to explore the forms of dialogue that
existed between empires of the East and of the West and to investigate
the formation of these categories themselves.  It will consider the
concrete forms of such dialogues: the vicissitudes of trade, translation
and theft that characterise transactions of a material nature.  It will
also consider the imaginative dimension of relations that existed between
empires: the catalogue of marvels, myths and misgivings that both
encouraged and impeded those dialogues.
Here begins the text taken from the "update" [hck, redactor]

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to:


fax: +44 (0)1223 338 564 (F.A.O. Dr Alfred Hiatt) 

Dr Alfred Hiatt
'Between Empires'
Trinity College 
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ 


Submission Deadline: 30 September, 2000

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