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CA18129 IS-LE Final Conference

Deadline: 25th April 2023
Date: 7th July 2023
Place: Istanbul (Turkey)
Scientific Coordinators: Antonio Urquízar-Herrera (Action Chair), Alicia Miguélez (Action Vice-Chair), Elena Paulino (Grant Holder Scientific Coordinator), Borja Franco (WG1 Leader), Emir Filipović (WG2 Leader), and Ivana Čapeta Rakić (WG3 Leader).


Cost Action IS-LE Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750)
CA18129 IS-LE is a research Cost Action funded by EU Cost Association H2020 which is based at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain. This Action started in 2019 and its purpose has been to provide a transnational and interdisciplinary approach capable of overcoming the segmentation that has for long characterized the study of relations between Christianity and Islam in late medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean. Over the last thirty years, some separate geographic and academic areas have been defined in this research field: the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Central Europe and the Balkans, and Greece and the different islands of the Mediterranean. These different geographical areas have been analysed in isolation and have been further disjointed in a scientific context defined by the separation of disciplines and chronologies. The Action has tried to mitigate this academic distortion by creating a common space for scientific exchange and reflection. This space has involved institutions from 35 different European and Mediterranean countries as well as around 250 senior and junior researchers coming from different disciplines (history, history of art, philology, anthropology, social sciences, history of the science, politics, etc.). The creation of this network has help to provide a comprehensive understanding of past relations between Christianity and Islam in the European context through the addressing of three main research problems: otherness, migration and borders. Beyond the strictly academic realm, the Action also has aimed at reviving diversity and Euro-Mediterranean relations in education, at a moment when Europe is at a cultural and political crossroads.

CA18129 IS-LE Final Conference
After 4 years and six months of existence, CA18129 IS-LE will end next September 2023. As a closing activity, the Action has planned a one-day Final Conference that could put together a relevant number of the researchers and the countries that have been involved in it. Been based in Spain and having held its first meeting in Lisbon, the Action considers that Istanbul will be the most appropriate closing location. This Final Conference aims at revising the outcomes of the Action and its impact in the participants’ research. Also, it will be an excellent opportunity to foster networking in the field and to devise new avenues for collaboration in the future. The academic program of the conference will consist of three panels of debate corresponding to the three working groups of the Action.

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