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Call for papers: Vikings in the Mediterranean

Call for papers: Vikings in the Mediterranean

The “Viking Age,” roughly 750-1050 CE/AD, is usually associated with the raids or wholesale movement of people from Scandinavia along the coasts of western and Atlantic Europe. Few non-specialists associate the same Norse populations with eastern Europe (the Rus), although they have had a comparably significant role in the political history of that part of the world. Fewer still, however, are aware of the robust Norse presence in the Mediterranean. Individually or in groups, Scandinavians were raiders, mercenaries, merchants, and—in some cases—settlers in the lands surrounding the “Middle Sea” (Miðjarðarhav). Many traces of this presence and the ensuing interaction remain to this day, seen in the material culture and the flow of objects between southern and northern Europe. Moreover, these traces are also visible in historical accounts, linguistics, iconography, and to some extent even in the social changes within the communities that took part in this exchange. This body of evidence has not gone unnoticed by scholars interested in this period and it has been addressed to some extent in the past. Nevertheless, this field of research has not hitherto seen a focused discussion within the framework of a dedicated scientific meeting, which could be of benefit to all concerned.

The international conference “Vikings in the Mediterranean,” co-organized by the Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish Institutes at Athens in the year of the Norwegian Institute’s 30th anniversary, aims to change that by bringing together scholars from various disciplines interested in the varied ways that the Norse have shaped the historical events of the medieval Mediterranean, and vice versa. In addition, our goal is to provide a meeting opportunity for scholarly communities that do not usually have open lines of communication, e.g. between colleagues working in the Mediterranean and those in Scandinavia. Finally, we hope that this conference will result in the publication of a comprehensive proceedings volume, which will address this topic in all its multifaceted aspects.

We welcome contributions on any aspect of Norse-Mediterranean relationship and invite scholars representing various scientific disciplines that can contribute to this discussion. We would, however, particularly like to see contributions related to the following overarching topics:

  • Archaeological, literary, and iconographic evidence for Viking presence in the Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean influences on early urbanization processes in Scandinavia
  • Norse society and culture before and after the contacts with the Mediterranean
  • Gender roles in northern and southern Europe during the Viking Age

Application deadline: MARCH 30, 2019

Conference dates: 28-30 November 2019

Conference location: Athens, Greece (venue to be determined)

Conference language: English

Conference format: 20 minute presentations followed by 10 minute discussion (max. 30 min).

How to apply:

To apply please send an email to the conference email address vikingsinthemed@gmail.com including the following information:

(1) title of your paper,

(2) names of all (co-)authors, specifying the corresponding author and their email address

(3) academic or professional affiliations of all (co-)authors, and

(4) abstract of maximum 300 words.

All information must be sent in English.

Upon the receipt of all applications, the Scientific Committee will select papers to be included in the conference, based on their scholarly merit and relevance. The Organizing and Scientific Committees will also assign papers to specific sessions.

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Organizing Committee:

Žarko Tankosić, Norwegian Institute at Athens
Jenny Wallensten, Swedish Institute at Athens
Kristina Winther-Jacobsen, Danish Institute at Athens

Scientific Committee:

Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Cambridge
Charlotte Hedenstierna-Johnson, University of Uppsala
Frode Iversen, University of Oslo (KHM)
Carsten Jahnke, University of Copenhagen-Saxo Institute
Neil Price, University of Uppsala
Søren Michael Sindbæk, Aarhus University

Luc Bourgeois, Recevoir et réinventer la culture matérielle de l’autre : le jeu d’échecs entre espace islamique et mondes normands

Article publié dans le dossier thématique – actes de la journée d’étude du 20 novembre 2015, Les transferts culturels dans les mondes normands médiévaux I – Des mots pour le dire ?

Recevoir et réinventer la culture matérielle de l’autre : le jeu d’échecs entre espace islamique et mondes normands

 Luc Bourgeois

Université de Caen, Craham

La diffusion du jeu d’échecs en Occident

En l’état des connaissances, le jeu d’échecs aurait pris naissance autour du vie siècle dans le sous-continent indien. Il oppose deux armées qui se déplacent dans un espace de soixante-quatre cases. Sa composition reproduit celle des armées indiennes : des éléphants, des cavaliers, des chars et des fantassins ; ces troupes étant dirigées par un roi associé à un conseiller. Le jeu est transmis à la Perse dès le viie siècle et sa progression vers l’ouest suit la foudroyante expansion arabe entre 632 et 732. La proscription des représentations humaines par certains courants de l’Islam va entraîner le développement parallèle de deux types de pièces : des objets figuratifs, relativement faciles à interpréter lors de leur réception en Occident, et des pièces schématisées, qui vont donner lieu aux lectures les plus baroques.

Continuer la lecture de Luc Bourgeois, Recevoir et réinventer la culture matérielle de l’autre : le jeu d’échecs entre espace islamique et mondes normands

Les croisades en Orient. Histoire, mémoires / Crusades in the East. History, memories

Les croisades en Orient. Histoire, mémoires
Crusades in the East. History, memories
Le Crociate in Oriente. Storia, memorie

Abbès Zouache

CNRS, CIHAM-UMR 5648, université de Lyon

ab1zouache@yahoo.fr

Article dans Tabularia :
http://www.unicaen.fr/mrsh/craham/revue/tabularia/print.php?dossier=dossier13&file=04zouache.xml

Résumé :
Cet article se penche sur la façon dont le phénomène croisade fut perçu, en Orient, et sur les traces qu’il y laissa dans la conscience collective. Au cours du XIIe siècle, la croisade fut progressivement comprise dans sa singularité. Mais elle fut aussi interprétée comme un épisode de l’affrontement séculaire entre l’islam et la chrétienté. Une mémoire de la croisade se diffusa, qui mêlait sentiment d’agression et fierté d’y avoir résisté grâce à un recentrage sur la piété et le djihad, et au respect du pouvoir établi. Après la fin des États latins d’Orient, cette mémoire s’enrichit d’autres épisodes de la lutte entre les chrétiens et les musulmans. À l’époque ottomane, elle resurgit avec force chaque fois que les tensions entre des musulmans et des Européens furent vives.

Mots-clés : croisades, Proche-Orient, histoire, mémoires, djihad

Abstract:
This paper aims at studying how the Crusade phenomenon was seen in the East, and its mark on the collective memory. During the twelfth century, the Crusades were gradually understood in its singular way. But it was also considered as an episode of an old confrontation between Islam and Christendom. A memory of the Crusades spread. This memory was mixed with a feeling of aggression and the pride of having resisted through a refocusing on piety and djihad, and through the respect for the established power. After the end of the Crusader states, this memory was enriched with other episodes of the struggle between the Christians and the Muslims. During the Ottoman period, this memory was revived each time the tensions between the Muslims and the Europeans were strong.

Keywords: crusades, Near East, history, memory, djihad

Riassunto :
Questo articolo prende in esame il modo in cui in Oriente il fenomeno crociato fu percepito, e le tracce che ha lasciato nella coscienza collettiva. Durante il sec. XII, la Crociata fu progressivamente compresa nella sua singolarità. Ma essa fu interpretata anche come un episodio dello scontro secolare tra l’Islam e la Cristianità. Si diffuse così una memoria della Crociata che mescolava sentimenti di ostilità e la fierezza di avervi rinunziato grazie a un ritorno alla pietà e alla jihad, e al rispetto del potere stabilito. Dopo la fine degli Stati latini d’Oriente, questa memoria si arricchisce di ulteriori episodi della lotta tra musulmani e cristiani. In epoca poi ottomana, essa torna con forza tutte le volte che si inasprivano le tensioni tra musulmani ed Europei.

Parole chiave : crociate, Medio Oriente, storia, memorie, jihad

Kapitaikin Lev, The twelfth-century paintings of the ceilings of the Cappella Palatina, Palermo

Kapitaikin, Lev, The twelfth-century paintings of the ceilings of the Cappella Palatina, Palermo, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2011, (dir. J. Johns, University of Oxford)

Résumé/abstract :

The three ‘Islamic’ ceilings of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily, were commissioned by king Roger II around 1143. The grandiose muqarnas (stalactite) ceiling of the nave and the two smaller ceilings of the two aisles were just one part of the opulent, multifaceted decoration of the royal chapel, that included also Byzantine mosaics with Christian scenes and Southern-Italian marble pavements and revetments. As with other medieval chapels of palaces, the Cappella Palatina served concomitantly as a royal audience hall, a thing evidenced by the great throne platform at its west end. The paintings of the three ceilings present ‘Islamic’ figural and ornamental decoration and Arabic inscriptions, the salient subject-matter of which is the Islamic royal banquet, the majlis, centered upon the king. The study presents new stylistic and iconographic evidence to show that the painters of the ceilings came mainly from Fatimid Egypt, and that the paintings could reflect also some impact of the Christian arts of that country, if not the actual participation of Coptic artists in their production. Despite the predominantly Islamic subject-matter of the paintings, their imagery was simultaneously enriched with Christian themes, the models for which were likely provided by Romanesque, Middle-Byzantine, and – to a lesser extent – Coptic artwork. Far from being an alien ‘Oriental’ element incorporated into the otherwise Christian chapel, the designer/s of the chapel actually sought to manipulate the Islamic princely imagery of the ceilings through the insertion of Christian ‘triumphal’ themes and a few crosses in the paintings. The Christian scenes were, moreover, placed in focal programmatic points at the ceilings, and associated spatially with ceremonial and-liturgical features of the chapel, namely: the royal throne platform at the west end, and the entrance to the sanctuary at the east. The ‘Islamicate’ – rather than Islamic – ceilings and their imagery were thus adapted to the Christian setting within the palatine chapel of the Norman monarchs.

[Source : http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.550801]

I Normanni del Mezzogiorno e il movimento crociato

Luigi Russo

Uno degli equivoci storiografici ancora oggi meglio radicati è quello di una sostanziale differenza nella partecipazione normanna al movimento crociato, improntata ad istanze di natura prettamente terrena, al contrario di quanto avvenuto per gli altri pellegrini reclutati al seguito dell’appello di Clermont lanciato da papa Urbano II nel novembre del 1095. In una serie di saggi scritti nell’ultimo decennio e presentati in numerose sedi internazionali, l’autore intende fornire una completa rivisitazione del movimento di espansione con cui i Normanni del Mezzogiorno si rivolsero, tra la fine del secolo XI ed i primi tre decenni del secolo successivo, in direzione dell’impero bizantino e della Terrasanta latina, meglio conosciuta sotto il nome diOutremer. Facendo il punto sugli esiti più aggiornati delle ricerche storiografiche a livello internazionale, l’intento di questo volume è collocare l’apporto dei Normanni nel più ampio contesto storico dei secoli XI-XII, e comprenderne ragioni e motivi che li spinsero a dispiegare una politica di espansione così ampia ed impegnativa.

  • Pagine 192
  • Formato 17×24, brossura
  • Collana Quaderni del Centro di Studi Normanno-Svevi, 4
  • Anno di pubblicazione 2014

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