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Travelling Concepts


Research seminar with Professor Julia Phillips Cohen (Vanderbilt), ‘Remembering Sepharad: History, Memory, Politics’

King’s College London, Strand Campus, K – 1.20

Professor Cohen will discuss her current research on the cultural legacy of Sepharad after the expulsions and forced conversions of the 1490s in Spain and Portugal. Her paper will be circulated in advance for discussion by those who register for the event.

Islam and Judaism in the cultural memory of Spain and Portugal

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

This one-day colloquium examines how Imperial Spain and Portugal engaged with the legacies of their multifaith medieval past.

Global Iberias Workshop

King's College London, Room 6.01, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway, WC2B 6LE

Using as a case study the innovative first-year Global Iberias core course at King’s College London, we discuss how our research might reshape the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese from a global and transnational perspective.

Sepharad: A Travelling Concept

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

We address such issues as: the meaning of ‘Sefarad’ as a ‘travelling concept’; early modern ideas of ‘the Hebrew nation’ or the ‘Hebrew Republic’ and their political uses; the textual and oral production of Sephardic cultural identity.

Faces of the Infinite

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

The conference is intended to generate the first comparative overview of the extent to which Neoplatonist philosophy has permeated poetic forms, styles, themes and figurative language as well as poetic theory in seven principal languages of the greater Mediterranean region, from late antiquity to the modern period.

The Songs of Songs: Solomon, Rūmī, and St. John of the Cross

SOAS Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

This is a poetic triptych with voices, songs and music based on: The Song of Songs attributed to King Solomon in the Bible (Old Testament), The Spiritual Canticles of St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) and The Odes on Mystical Love by the Persian poet Rūmī (1207-1273).

Between partitions and translations: Reviving Andalusian visions at the turn of the twentieth century Palestine

Virginia Woolf Building, 4.08, King’s College London, 22 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6LE

We will be welcoming Dr Yuval Evri (SOAS) to give a short talk about his current research on visions of Muslim/ Jewish cultural relations.

Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts

Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul

Scientific Studies Association (ILEM) as a partner of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project is excited to announce the international conference Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts to be held on November 15-16, 2018, hosted by Istanbul Medeniyet University.

Moral Tales from the Past for the Present: Kalila wa-Dimna

Shia Ithna'ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM), Mahfil Ali centre, 39 Gloucester Rd, Harrow HA1 4PR

Al-Andalus / Iberia / Sepharad: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts

Hebrew University, Mount Scopus campus, Jerusalem, Israel

Against the National Grain: Maktoob and the Arabic-Hebrew Bi-national and Bilingual Team Translation Model

King’s College London, Macadam Building 2.01 (entrance through Surrey St Building), London, WC2R 2LS

Translating Wisdom: Interfaith Dialogue in the Medieval Mediterranean

King´s College London, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2B 6LE

The Other Shore: Images of al-Andalus in the Maghrib

King’s College London or online TBC

Language Acts and Worldmaking Language Debates Series

Language Resource Centre (Room K-1.072, first basement) of the King’s Building), Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS

Debate 1: Language Acts and Worldmaking Research. Back to the Debates

Language Resource Centre (Room K-1.072, first basement) of the King’s Building), Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS