we are happy to announce a Call for Papers for the Conference: "On the Way into the Unknown? Comparative Perspectives on the ‘Orient‘ in (Early) Modern Travelogues" in Vienna, 28–29 November 2019. Find the full call and submission guidelines down below and here.
These source and topic-inherent circumstances make comparative analysis more challenging, reflected, for example, in the fact that previous research on ‘otherness‘ usually focused on individual or a few selected travelogues or similar media (types). Therefore, possibilities and limits of comparative studies will be explored in the course of the workshop. To enhance the discussion, a focus in terms of geography, types of media and time is established. We invite you to discuss perceptions of the ‘Orient‘ (especially the Ottoman and Persian Empires) in travelogues from the 16th to the 19th centuries. To obtain a comprehensive understanding, the travellers will originate in as many as possible different cultures. Among others, non-European perspectives are particularly welcome, especially on travels within the Orient. The papers of the workshop will cover, but are not limited to, the following topics.
Topic 1 Perceptions of Otherness: What was perceived as ‘other‘ in the travelogues on the ‘Orient‘? How was otherness constructed? Which differences and developments can be shown in a synchronous or diachronic perspective?
Dr. Doris Gruber
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Modern and Contemporary Historical Research
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