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Mediterranean Encounters: People in Motion

An international seminar at the European University Institute, Florence; part of the SHE Seminar Series, 'Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World'.

Date: Monday 5 February 2018
Time: 9am–5.30pm
Venue: European University Institute (Florence), Villa Salviati, Sala degli Stemmi
Convenors: Giovanni Tarantino (giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au) and Ann Thomson (Ann.Thomson@EUI.eu).
Contact: Francesca Parenti (francesca.parenti@eui.eu)

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This workshop will examine people on the move and contacts between different cultures in the Mediterranean world. On the one hand, travel accounts provide a rich source for exploring the emotions involved in intercultural encounters, but the contacts of various types of travellers (diplomats, merchants, as well also others travelling professionally or forced into exile) can also be explored through their private correspondence. The trajectories of individuals who changed both culture and religion, whether by force or choice, can also be fruitfully explored through the prism of emotions. The emotions involved in intercultural encounters are more varied than is often assumed in studies of ‘Orientalism’, and can thus help to shed new light on Mediterranean history. This workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on how studying the great variety of Mediterranean encounters through the lens of emotions can enrich our understanding of them.
Confirmed Speakers:
Luca Molà (European University Institute)
David Do Paço (Sciences-Po Paris)
Raffaella Sarti (Università degli Studi di Urbino)
John Slight (Open University)
Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary University of London)
Pablo Hernandez Sau (European University Institute)

This seminar 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).

Download the SHE Mediterranean Seminar Series schedule