‘Emotions, Imagination, and Community in the Medieval Mediterranean’

– Ghent University, 10–12 July 2017


The fifth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean took place at the University of Ghent University from Monday 10th July to Wednesday 12th July 2017.

The theme of the conference was “Emotions, Imagination, and Community in the Medieval Mediterranean” and the keynotes were delivered by Prof. Nikolas Jaspert (Universität Heidelberg: "Mobility, Mediation, & Transculturation in the Medieval Mediterranean") and Prof. Marina Rustow (Princeton University: “Cairo Geniza & the Middle East's Archive Problem”).


Themes of the Sessions

The themes of the sessions were:

  • Arabic narratives
  • Books, Reading, and circulation of texts 
  • Community building & identity construction
  • Emotions & Identities in Egyptian Jewish communities
  • Expressing emotions in Mediterranean cities
  • Imagined & reimagined pasts
  • Images and Ideas of women and femininity in religiously mixed societies
  • Inspiration & Imitation in art and material culture
  • Monastic violence
  • Religious minorities
  • Sacred landscapes
  • Sensitive borders and boundaries
  • Shame & Jealously in Mamluk realms
  • Trading and other contractual agreements