Trans-cultural Entanglements and Global Perspectives in the Pre-Modern World
First Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Center 980 ‘Episteme in Motion. Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period’, Freie Universität Berlin
in Cooperation with the House of World Cultures
Today’s interconnected world is not a new phenomenon, but looks back to a long history of exchange and interaction. But how do we analyze this long history of entanglement? Were processes of border-crossing interaction and exchange in the past accompanied by forms of global consciousness? How did transfers and forms of mobility impact on the ways in which people viewed themselves and their communities within their worlds? And how did these self-images evolve over time? In this conference, we will explore the ways in which current approaches to issues of trans-cultural entanglements – such as global history and globalization, cultural mobility, transfer and world literatures – can be fruitfully applied to the world before 1800.
Friday, July 12th,
10:00-13:00 Global Trajectories
Michael Borgolte (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): The Global Middle Ages? Answers for a New Historiography
Almut Höfert (Universität Zürich): Royalty and Kingship as Global Concepts in Medieval Arab and Latin World Orders
Christoph K. Neumann (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): Liminality or “Global” Consciousness: İbrāhīm Müteferriḳa as Author
13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-17:30 Transregional Entanglements
Beatrice Gründler (Yale University): Wisdom from India in Pieces
Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London): Shakespeare and Islam: an Unholy Alliance?
Jerold Frakes (State University of New York, Buffalo): Marvels of the East and the Paradisical Otherworld in the Nordic West: The Vínland Sagas
17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-19:30 Keynote: Gayatri Spivak (Columbia University, New York): Afloat in the Global
Saturday, July 13th.
09:30-14:00 Challenging Chronology
Emily Apter (New York University): Eurochronology and the Politics of Periodization
Aamir Mufti (University of California, Los Angeles): The Wounded Gazelle: The Ghazal between Tradition and Modernity
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
Andrew James Johnston (Freie Universität Berlin): Beowulf as World Literature
Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin): Locating the Qur'an in the Epistemic Space of Late Antiquity
14:00-15:30 Lunch break
15:30-17:30 Circulation of Knowledge
Richard R. K. Sorabji (Wolfson College, University of Oxford):Influences from 6th Century Greek Philosophy on Persia, and on Syriac and Arabic Writing
Jürgen Renn (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin): The Globalisation of Knowledge in History
17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-19:30 Keynote: Wang Hui (Tsinghua University, Beijing): Three Sets of “Antithetical” Concepts in Narratives of Chinese History: Empire and Nation-state, fengjian and junxian; Rites/Music and Institutions
The conference is conceptualized by the research group "Transfer and Transculturality" which is headed by Professor Sebastian Conrad and Professor Miltiadis Pechlivanos.
Venue: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten