Session for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) 2024 conference.
Exchanges among Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
This panel calls for papers on diverse encounters among the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe: Egypt, Greater Syria, and Palestine meet Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia, and Spain. Possible topics are not limited by:
- Antiquarian writings both from the perspective of classicists and theologians.
- Alternative perspectives: the Levant looking at Europe; minority voices- gender and class; non-classical philologies; engaging with Levant cultures.
- Different populations: Bedouins, European settlers, Indigenous Arabs, Mamluks, Ottomans, Wahhabis
- Incidental antiquarian works of travelers in temporary positions: diplomatic, trade, ecclesiastic, and medical (or others).
- The exchange of material objects and artifacts across the Mediterranean, including commodities, numismatics, manuscripts, remedies, and antiquities.
- Eighteenth-century Paris-Jerusalem syndrome: great expectations meet a non-European Levant.
- Universal histories- primary travel versus the reliance on travelogs by armchair travelers.
- The East as a mirror of the European futures or pasts.
Keywords: Europe, Material Culture, Mediterranean, Levant, Travel, Antiquarian
The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will be holding its 54th annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, from 4-6 April 2024. More information about the conference, including the entire call for papers can be found on the website: https://asecs.org/meetings/asecs-2024-annual-meeting/.
Abstracts are due by 15 September 2023. The submission form is linked here or can be found on the CFP website.
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Hanna Roman & Zoe Beenstock