Department of German Studies / Prof. Albrecht Classen
This 10th international symposium (2012 Symposium on East Meets West in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time) will focus, once again, on a broad, fundamental topic relevant for the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time, "East Meets West." The cultural, military, political, religious, and economic development of both continents was deeply intertwined with each other, sometimes in an aggressive, hostile fashion, but sometimes also constructively in a give and take manner. Our textbooks are too much filled with images of complete opposition and mutual rejection, whereas exchange and mutual interest were probably much more the case than not. We want to collect a wide variety of approaches and contributions to this topic in order to gain a solid and broad-ranging understanding of the variety of contacts and exchanges between East and West.
This is a self-sustaining academic symposium. Participants are expected to secure travel funds and other resources to cover their costs (housing, registration) from their home institution.
The registration fee of $90 will include all meals and refreshments, three receptions in the evenings, and an excursion. Selected papers will be accepted for publication in a planned volume (de Gruyter; see my webpage on Fundamentals. Each contributor to the volume will receive a free copy and can negotiate with the publisher reduced prices for any of the volumes in our series.
Anyone interested in joining the symposium as part of the audience, please contact the organizer. Student participation will be most welcome.
Languages accepted at the symposium: English, French, German, and in exceptional cases Spanish. Non-English papers must be accompanied by a good English summary available as a hand-out. Abstracts of all papers will be posted well ahead of the symposium.
More information can be found here http://aclassen.faculty.arizona.edu/2012_symposium_east_meets_west_middle_ages_and_early_modern_time