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COEXISTENCE IN PRACTICE: POLITICS, TRADE AND CULTURE IN THE LATE MEDIEVAL ANATOLIA AND IBERIA
May 16-17, 2022
An interdisciplinary workshop hosted by Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (ORDAM), Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, in collaboration with the Mediterranean Worlds (MEDWORLDS); The Mediterranean Seminar, University of Colorado Boulder; Society for the Mediterranean and Black Sea Studies (MEDIBS). Suponsored by TÜBİTAK, The Scientific and Technological Research Institution of Turkey.
Stretching along continents, the Mediterranean Sea has played an important role in creating an environment of, voluntary or otherwise, cultural interactions among distinct groups throughout its history. Through the practices of coexistence, peoples of the Mediterranean have built up a common cultural repertoire and tradition. In the late Medieval Mediterranean coexistence was a way of life, as Brian Catlos stated, “encouraging acculturation and communication, but also provoking anxiety and defensiveness” (2014). One can easily find the effects of these interactions in everyday practices of culture, such as in religion, commerce, art, and education. Coexistence sometimes manifested itself as codependency and collaboration; a way of coping with the complexities in times of wars, epidemics, and various other crises. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula and Anatolia were places of conflict, but also of exchange and collaboration between the Islamic and Christian powers that ruled over those territories. Objects, ideas, scripts and people moved beyond cultural and religious borders as booty of conquest and items of trade.
“Coexistence in Practice: Politics, Trade and Culture in the Late Medieval Anatolia and Iberia” is organized by Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University’s Middle East and Africa Studies Application and Research Center (ORDAM) and the Mediterranean Worlds (MEDWORLDS), to be held in Istanbul. The workshop aims to provide a platform for medieval history researchers to discuss topics related to broadly defined practices, experiences and spaces of “living together” in geographically distant but experience-wise similar societies in Anatolia and Iberian Peninsula in the 13th – 15th centuries. More importantly, this workshop enables participants to learn from other approaches and research experiences. We especially seek interdisciplinary contributions to open up discussions and share thoughts on issues about the theme of the workshop.
Some of the themes we want to explore include:
- Modes of coexistence, especially in times of crises and catastrophes;
- Local and cross-border trade;
- Transfer of knowledge, texts, music, arts and architecture;
- Cross-confessional communities.
After the referee evaluation process, selected contributions will be collected in an edited volume.