Symposium on East Meets West in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 2:00pm
Conference Room in the Student Union Memorial Center Contact: Dr. Albrecht Classen, ?University Distinguished Professor (520) 621-1395;

10th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies
at the University of Arizona, Tucson, May 3-6, 2012.

This 10th international symposium will focus, once again, on a broad, fundamental topic relevant for the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time, "East Meets West." The cultural, military, political, religious, and economic development of both continents was deeply intertwined with each other, sometimes in an aggressive, hostile fashion, but sometimes also  constructively in a give and take manner. Our textbooks are too much filled with images of complete opposition and mutual rejection, whereas exchange and mutual interest were probably much more the case than not. We want to collect a wide variety of approaches and contributions to this topic in order to gain a solid and broad-ranging understanding of the variety of contacts and exchanges between East and West. I particularly would like to invite art historians, economic and military historians, and religious scholars to submit proposals.