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Religion, Race, Gender and Class in Pre-20th-Century Encounters with Islam
We are soliciting proposals for the Pre-20th-Century Panel of the Annual Women in German Conference to be held at Snowbird, Utah, Oct. 18-21, 2007, on the topic of pre-20th-century German encounters with Islam. We are interested in papers which examine these transcultural interactions with analysis that engages religion, race, gender and class.
As the heated debates around the Kopftuchstreit and Turkey's potential candidacy for the EU show, intensely gendered discussions of the role Islam plays in contemporary Europe are important parts of a current public discourse that seeks to construct Europe against a Muslim other. With this panel we hope to shed light on the historical developments of these constructions through complex explorations of the role of Islam in Europe and the relationship of Islam to Europe in earlier centuries.
How did Europeans and Muslims perceive each other, and to what extent are the narratives of their encounters impacted by their respective ideologies? How are Muslim cultures constructed as other to European? And are they constructed as other? How are notions of Europe constructed by both Muslim and Christian cultures? How are these constructions gendered? In what ways do contemporary constructions of East and West reflect continuities with or departures from historical constructions? To what extent do earlier centuries provide alternative visions of interaction and encounter when compared with today's relationship of Eastern/Muslim and Western/Christian cultures which is frequently portrayed as strained and fraught and presented in starkly binary terms? Do earlier centuries perhaps provide alternative visions that question the very notion of "encounter" and its binary and essentializing tendency?
Studies from all disciplines are welcome, including art, history, literature, language, medicine, music, philosophy, and religion. We also welcome interdisciplinary projects. Possible areas of inquiry may include (but are no limited to): ethnicity and the construction of prejudice in pre-modern Europe, and Muslim-Christian or East-West encounters in travel literature, accounts of war, or colonialist discourse from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
Please submit brief abstracts (250-500 words) and a c.v. electronically to both panel organizers by MARCH 31, 2007:
Katja Altpeter-Jones ([log in to unmask])
Olga Trokhimenko ([log in to unmask])
Olga Trokhimenko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
289 Leutze Hall
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28409-5954
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