Round table “Orientalists cruising in the European archipelago” at the International Conference Portuguese Orientalism(s)

The Round Table “Orientalists cruisng in the European archipelago” will take place during the International Conference “Portuguese Orientalism(s) at the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Lisbon, Novembre 22, 23 and 24, 2018.

Coordination : Jean-Pierre Dubost. Participants : Jean-Pierre Dubost, Alain Petit (PHIER, Université de Clermont Auvergne), Axel Gasquet (IHRIM, Université de Clermont Auvergne), Angus Nicholls (Queen Mary University, London)   

Jean-Pierre Dubost (University of Clermont-Ferrand):
To what extent is it possible to track the diversity of Orientalisms inside Europe?

Angus Nicholls (Queen Mary University of London): Friedrich Max Müller and the Question of Scientific Comparison in the Humanities

Alain Petit (University of Clermont-Ferrand): At the East of the European Archipelago: Joseph von Hammer, central or peripheral?

Axel Gasquet : Spanish-Filipino tradition as a complex identity: between East and West, outside or inside Asia. The secular case of Filipino national hero, José Rizal.

According to the main goal of this conference, which intends to scrutinize the role of the scientific Portuguese orientalist intelligentsia as part of a “transnational” European community of Orientalists and to highlight the impact of trajectories and affiliations,  this round table seeks to highlight fundamental questions and to reflect on the notion of European Orientalism as a scientific community.

European Orientalism was not a collective homogenous discourse, but a process of translation between different and sometimes incompatible scientific paradigms, all of them deeply involved in national traditions. As far as Europe can be conceived not so much as a puzzle of nations, but as an archipelago, the opposition of “central” vs. “peripheral” disappears. Emerging from these premises, this round table intends to question the nature of Portuguese Orientalism as a “peripheral” one.

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