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Culture, Emotions, Identities: Europe and the Oriental Other in the late Middle Ages

Date: 4 November 2015
Time: 12:00pm
Venue: Room 714, Level 7, 757 Swanston Street

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The thirteenth century is the time when Europe rediscovered Asia, stimulated mostly by the Mongol invasion of 1241/2. This paper is an introduction into the study of the development of contacts between European and Asian cultures. The author discusses the role of culture and emotions in framing identity during this period of intensified Eurasia cross-cultural exchange. He suggests that these three categories are critical in understanding European responses to the Oriental Other in the thirteenth century and might provide a workable model for investigating later contacts in Southeast Europe.

Dr Mirko Sardelić is an Honorary Postdoctoral  Research Fellow at CHE, based at The University of Western Australia. His doctoral thesis (2013) dealt with the European perception of the Mongols in the 13th century, though lately his research has shifted more towards early relations between Southeast Europe and the Ottoman Empire (up to the late 16th century).


Image: Mounted warriors pursue enemies. Illustration of Rashid­ad­Din's Gami' at-­tawarih. Tabriz (?), 1st quarter of 14th century. Water colours on paper. Staatsbibliothek Berlin.