Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean

Thursday, January 31, 2013
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Royce Hall Conf/Seminar - - Humanities Conf Room 314

Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Ahmanson Conference

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Free and open to the public.


Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
(310) 825-1880

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Throughout the medieval and early modern periods, contact zones of trade, translation, coexistence, and intellectual exchange flourished episodically in Muslim occupied Spain, the kingdoms of al-Andalus, Sicily, the Levant, Byzantium, southeastern Europe, and Arabic Persia.

They provide opportunity for the study of interlingual communication, economic and cultural trade, political, military and philosophical conflict and conquest, and cultural and religious negotiation.

The facility with which ideas and technologies traversed the Mediterranean is testament to the commonalities underlying the apparently dramatic contrasts between linguistic, ethnic, and religious groups.

This conference, organized by Professors Teofilo Ruiz (History, UCLA), Zrinka Stahuljak (French & Francophone Studies, UCLA), and Chris Chism (English, UCLA), brings together an international array of authorities in the field of Mediterranean Studies to delineate multicultural models in the Mediterranean and its surrounding transcontinental circuits, to see how they negotiate difference over time and across various cultural and political divides.

Sponsored by the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

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