Encounters between East and West 1453-1699
London, December 2002
INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH STUDIES SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON Conference Notice and Call for Papers 1453 to 1699: Cultural Encounters between East and West Thursday 5 December - Friday 6 December 2002 This conference addresses one of the most urgent issues currently facing both Renaissance studies and contemporary culture: the rich but often fraught encounters and exchanges between the Christian West and the Muslim East. From Mehmed II's conquest of Constantinople in 1453 to the defeat of the Ottoman army at the gates of Vienna and the subsequent treaty of Carlovitz in 1699, the cultural, commercial, religious, political and intellectual transactions between East and West defined their respective boundaries and established a complex legacy that still defines cultures today. 1453 to 1699 will present a growing body of exciting new research that seeks to map the complex contours of Christian Europe's negotiations with its eastern neighbours, with the aim of establishing dialogues that radically reorientate orthodox readings of early modern geo-politics. In the light of current world events, the need to historicize and contextualise this exchange is more pressing than ever. This international conference will draw together scholars working across the humanities disciplines and will address issues such as visual culture and the East, Reformation and Islam, representing Ottomans on the stage, the politics of Orientalism, and Imperial geographies. Organised by Kenneth Parker, Jerry Brotton, Matthew Birchwood and Matthew Dimmock. Proposed keynote speakers include Nabil Matar, Lisa Jardine, Gulru Necipoglu and Jean Howard. Conference Venue and Enquiries: Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, Senate House (3rd Floor), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK (No smoking building) Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8675, Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 8672, email: email@example.com, web: www.sas.ac.uk/ies Abstracts for proposed papers should be sent by 28 February 2002 to Professor Kenneth Parker, c/o Institute of English Studies at the above address, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.