Mediterranean Encounters: People in Motion - Firenze - 5 February 2018

The fourth seminar in the 'Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World' series, 'People in Movement: Mediterranean Encounters' is taking place in Florence on Monday (5 February 2018).

This workshop will examine people on the move and contacts between different cultures in the Mediterranean world. On the one hand, travel accounts provide a rich source for exploring the emotions involved in intercultural encounters, but the contacts of various types of travellers (diplomats, merchants, as well also others travelling professionally or forced into exile) can also be explored through their private correspondence. The trajectories of individuals who changed both culture and religion, whether by force or choice, can also be fruitfully explored through the prism of emotions. The emotions involved in intercultural encounters are more varied than is often assumed in studies of ‘Orientalism’, and can thus help to shed new light on Mediterranean history. This workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on how studying the great variety of Mediterranean encounters through the lens of emotions can enrich our understanding of them.

Program can be downloaded here.