International Workshop – Call for Papers

International Workshop – Call for Papers

Ημερομηνία: 4.12.2017

Τόπος: Berlin

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce a call for papers to be delivered at the forthcoming International Workshop: “From Oriens Christianus to the Islamic Near East: Theological, Historical and Cultural Cross-pollination in the Eastern Mediterranean of Late Antiquity”. The workshop seeks to shed new light on the crossroads at which the Late Antique world of the Eastern Mediterranean heralded diverse exchanges between Oriental Christendom, Byzantine culture and the Islamic world. Furthermore, how these exchanges impacted the development of diverse regions, cultures, languages, and religions.

The workshop will provide an inter-disciplinary overview of the various perspectives emerging from the Christian Oriental, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Archaeological approaches to this area of research. The key objective of the workshop is to explore the possibilities of a unified and holistic approach to understanding the “Sattelzeit” (R. Koselleck) – i.e. the period between 500 and 750 CE. While the scope of the workshop has been intentionally left broad, papers are particularly welcome in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • The role of Eastern/Oriental Christians in the relationship(s) formed between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire.
  • Scripture and Arts as a medium of interchange between Christians and Muslims.
  • The historical narratives and administrative reality of the expansion of the Islamic Empire.

The workshop will take place on 4th December, 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) and is the collaborative effort of the Chair of Byzantine Studies (FU Berlin), Radboud University’s Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, and Gorgias Press. The workshop proceedings will be published in an edited volume under Gorgias Press’ Islamic History and Thought series.

We would be pleased if you could share this call for papers with possibly interested scholars. To submit a paper, please provide an abstract and a short biography by 1st May, 2017 to For more detailed information, please visit our website or directly contact us.

Kind regards,

Manolis Ulbricht & Adam Walker

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Manolis M. Ulbricht
Promovierter Byzantinist
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Am Lehrstuhl der Berliner Byzantinistik und im
Projekt „Aristoteles’ Poetik zwischen Europa und Islam

Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45 | D – 14195 Berlin
Raum JK 31/305 | Tel.: +49 – (0)30 – 838 62742


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