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Ports and Portals: Spaces of Encounter, Entanglement and Exchange

Date: Monday 25 September 2017
Split (Croatia), Palace Milesi
Host Institution: ECCE, Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange (Zagreb, Croatia)
Convenors: Mirko Sardelić and Katrina O'Loughlin
Contacts: Mirko Sardelić (msardelic@hazu.hr) and Katrina O'Loughlin (katrina.oloughlin@uwa.edu.au)

Portals: Spaces of Encounter, Entanglement and Exchange  South East Europe is a key historical contact zone for the encounter of Continental, Mediterranean and Steppe cultures from the classical world, through the Middle Ages and early modern period. This history of cultural and emotional entanglement is inscribed in many of the region’s geographical features: from the Adriatic to the Black Sea; the Danube – the main artery of the region – and connected inland waterways; the complex landscapes of mountains, coastal strips, islands, river mouths, ravines and fertile river plains. These distinctive landscapes have created natural and imaginary liminal zones:  a series of fluid borderlines and cultural portals that criss-cross the South East. This seminar explores these sites of encounter, asking what role topography and landscape might play in the shaping of cultural portals of conflict and exchange. It considers the spaces and media through which these various cultures communicated with each other in South East Europe, in terms of cultural, commercial, artistic and emotional exchange; in periods of peace, and of confrontation. How is emotion used to calibrate cultural differences and exchanges between groups? And how might the historical geographies of encounter and exchange – and their attendant emotional entanglements – provide useful terms or models for the study of cultural experience and expression of emotion?

This seminar series Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World 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), and the Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange (ECCE, Zagreb).

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