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Cultures in Movement: New Visions, New Conceptual Paradigms

Date: Monday 26 June 2017
Società Nazionale di Scienze, Lettere e Arti in Napoli, Naples, Italy, Via Mezzocannone, 8
Convenors: Dr Luisa Simonutti (luisa.simonutti@ispf.cnr.it) and Dr Giovanni Tarantino (giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au)

FREE EVENT, but RSVP requested to convenors by Friday 23 June for catering purposes.

Contact: Giovanni Tarantino (giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au)  

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The category of Orientalism, understood as a product of Western authors, artists and the like, has been superseded, and so too has a unitary vision of the vast and complex Eastern world of the Near East. However, a conception that is no longer static but the fruit of historic, spatiotemporal and emotional transformations has yet to be adequately placed at the centre of the ‘Mediterranean world’ in a culturally broad sense. Such a view requires the testing of new paradigms and investigative methodologies, and of new conceptual tools. In this seminar, the point of observation will be reciprocal legacies, the transfer and translation-appropriation of knowledge, objects and goods, and migrations of bodies, ideas, visions and emotions – all of which have made the Mediterranean not a barrier but a point of contact between different and plural cultures.

This seminar is held under the patronage of Regione Campania and hosted by the National Society of Sciences, Letters and Arts in Naples. It is a joint initiative of the Society for the History of Emotions, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100‒1800 (CHE), the Italian National Research Council Institute for the History of Philosophical and Scientific Thought in the Modern Age (CNR/ISPF), the Chair of Intellectual History at the European University Institute (EUI), the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS-CEU), the Italian National Institute for Higher Mathematics (INdAM),Tuscia University (PRIN 2015XW47P2), the Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange (ECCE, Zagreb) and the French National Center for Scientific ResearchMaison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme at Aix-Marseille University (CNRS-MMSH-AMU).