Encounters with the orient in early modern European scholarship (EOS),
University of London -The Warburg Institute.
Funded by HERA the project will document the scholarly European encounter with Oriental culture between c 1500‐1800. The ‘Orient’ explored in this context is, first of all, a Biblical Orient, covering the religious area of Islam, Eastern Judaism and Christianity. Interest in this cultural, religious and linguistic area arose from Scripture Studies and theological and missionary concerns with the Eastern Churches and Islam. These delineate the early modern concept of ‘Orient’, and also determine our use of the concept. In a number of case studies, conferences, and exhibitions, the project will explore the early modern scholarly European encounter with the Orient.
The Project will pursue three main objectives:
- to describe the scholarly and religious incentives for this encounter between Europe and the Orient;
- to document the exchange of knowledge, ideas, values and material objects this encounter stimulated in the early modern period, and
- to explore the institutional, conceptual and religious transformations which the encounter initiated in theology and Biblical studies, in the teaching and learning of Arabic and other Oriental languages, in literature and poetry, and in historical and anthropological thinking in general.
These objectives will be pursued in the following four complementary subject areas:
- The Learning of Oriental Languages,
- Encounters with Islam and the Oriental Church,
- The Bible as a Place of Cultural Encounters between Europe and the Orient,
- Encounters with Arabic Literature and Poetry.
The Project outcomes and outputs will include a balanced mixture of case studies, resulting in workshops, articles, monographs, and one PhD, and more general overviews, presented in conferences, exhibitions, anthologies, databases and a website. While part of the research will be presented and made public in the traditional forms of monographs, a website will be set up and hosted at the Warburg Institute which will closely document the Project activities. This will include a detailed programme of our activities, and podcasts of conferences, proceedings of workshops, and contributions of the members of the Project together with links to the databases which are currently being set up by CHASE and to the digital reference work designed by Richard van Leeuwen.The project is hosted at the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE) at the Warburg Institute, University of London (Professor Charles Burnett) and is a collaboration between the Warburg Institute, the University of Kent at Canterbury (Dr Jan Loop), the University of Erfurt (Professor Martin Mulsow), the Freie Universität Berlin (Professor Bernd Roling), University Jyväskylä, Finland (Professor Outi Merisalo) and the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Professor Gerard Wiegers). The project will also employ a number of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students.Method of Application
There is no application form. Candidates should submit with their letter of application a full curriculum vitae giving contact information (including e-mail address), details of qualifications, previous experience, current salary (if any) and the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two referees (present/previous employers or academic references).
Applicants are asked to send with their application, the Equal Opportunities form which can be downloaded from the Institute’s website under Vacancies (http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/).
Applications must be sent by e-mail to the Institute Manager, Ms Catherine Charlton (see website for details).
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