Appel à communication : “Before Orientalism : The “images” of Islam, 15th-17th c.”

Antoine Coypel, Mohammed Tenim, Ambassadeur du Maroc à la Comedie Italienne,1682, huile sur toile, Versailles.

Antoine Coypel, Mohammed Tenim, Ambassadeur du Maroc à la Comedie Italienne,1682, huile sur toile, Versailles.

Type : Appel à communication.
Date limite : 1er février 2017
Date de la manifestation : 18-19 mai 2017
Lieu : Fundación BBVA. Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca. Paseo de Recoletos 10 (Madrid)
Organisation : Borja Franco Llopis (UNED),

In recent years, the study of religious otherness has experienced a significant surge. Regarding the perception of Islam in Europe, the Romantic dichotomous vision between the orientalist attraction and the rejection and hatred is being left behind. The purpose of this conference is to analyse from a pluri-disciplinar perspective, which conceptions or images of Islam were developed, from the end of the Middle Ages to the decline of the Austria dynasty in the Iberian Peninsula and other Mediterranean enclaves closely connected to the Hispanic Crown. The stereotypes which have traditionally limited historical studies will be addressed; also, the dissociation between the imaged produced by literature and the visual discourses of several social strata which were in closer contact with Islam will be analysed.


The topics addressed during the conference will be :

  • 1. How the (literary and visual) image of Islam was created and
    developed in the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th to 17th centuries.
  • 2. What are the convergences and divergences between the spheres of the
    letters and the arts.
  • 3. The value of stereotypes in the building of the image and identity
    of Muslims.
  • 4. The weight of 19th century literary and artistic historiography in
    the blurring of the Medieval and Modern images of religious otherness.
  • 5. The contribution of 16th and 17th orientalist images in the later
    construction of 19th century orientalism.
  • 5. Is it possible to elaborate a cartography of the representations of
    Muslims in the different Hispanic territories?
  • 6. Was there an invisible Islam? How was it materialized?

Modalités de soumission :

Papers submitted must be of maximum 500 words in Spanish, English, Italian or French, together with a brief summary of the research record of the author, and main publications. Deadline is 1st February 2017.

Acceptance of papers will be communicated 10th February. The papers must be submitted to proyecto.impi@gmail.com. Oral communications will be 15-20 minutes. The inscription fee is 50€. Inscription entitles to attendance and publication of the texts (once approved by peer review procedure). To participate in the publication it is necessary to attend the conference to present the communication.

Comité scientifique :

Ximo Company Climent (Universitat de Lleida), Elena Díez Jorge (Universidad de Granada), Consuelo Gómez López (UNED), Alicia Cámara Muñoz (UNED) Francisco J. Moreno Díaz del Campo (Universidad de Castilla la Mancha), Inés Monteira Arias (UNED), James Nelson Novoa (University of Ottawa), Amadeo Serra Desfilis (Universitat de València), Enrique Soria Mesa (Universidad de Córdoba).

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