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Scholars, artists and writers in Euro-Mediterranean exchanges (18th-20th century)

Thematic issue of Philosophia Scientiæ 20/2 (2016)

Invited editors: Yamina Bettahar (Université de Lorraine, LHSP – Archives Henri-Poincaré, UMR 7117) & Bernd Thum (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) - Institut für Germanistik)

Submission deadline: 01/03/2015

Notification: 01/07/2015

Deadline for author final version: 01/12/2015

It is now well established that the circulation of people, ideas, knowledge, scientific corpora and aesthetic and artistic forms around the Mediterranean has been central to the dynamics of actual and long-lasting exchanges which have passed through various points in the Mediterranean area while shaping the reality and complexity of relationships between Europe and this region. Engineering is an example in case with its contributions in bolstering agriculture, gardening, hydraulic works, ceramics (as in the case of the Alhambra in Granada), architecture, painting, literature and especially philosophy (including political philosophy).

In this cross-disciplinary thematic issue of Philosophia Scientiæ on the dissemination of knowledge in Euro-Mediterranean exchanges our attempt the aim will be to gain insight into the ways these bodies of knowledge were formed. How did they spread in Europe and the Euro-Mediterranean area and how were they received and/or perceived there? In which places did exchanges take place? Who are the key figures supporting these changes? When did epistemological breakthroughs and paradigm shifts occur? Is "Euro-Mediterranean knowledge" a notion now which now has legitimate currency? What is the role of collective memory and the values resulting from this intellectual and artistic heritage? How can one create a common ground to share and bind together these cultural traditions?

While associating different approaches, this thematic issue will seek to propound a fresh perspective on these exchanges and their legacies. More specifically, its first aim shall be to revisit the main outlines which structured the social and historical changes in light of recent developments. Second, the perception the West and East have of one another will need to be explored before studying the different forms of public appropriation and the emerging concerns tending to take shape based on a shared space of knowledge and competences.

Manuscripts should be submitted in English, French or German and prepared to allow for anonymous peer-reviewing. A French and English abstract should be included (200-300 words).

Articles should not exceed 50,000 characters (spaces and footnotes included).

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