2012: 10th International Symposium on the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: East Meets West in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time


International Symposium on East Meets West in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age




Checklist for the Preparation of the Article Submission

Concept and Framework

This 10th international symposium will bring into focus what social, economic, political, literary, medical-scientific, religious, and military contacts connected the Eastern with the Western world from the Middle Ages to the early modern Age. The interest is centered on questions pertaining to actual exchanges, mutual learning processes, debates, visits, reports about the respectively other world, and the like. With East we mean the world outside of the Christian territory, while West implies, of course, mostly medieval and early modern Europe. Topics for papers could include, for example, studies on literary and economic exchanges, the transfer of medical and philosophical knowledge, travel literature, and others.


Dr. Albrecht Classen
University Distinguished Professor

Dept. of German Studies, 301 LSB, The University of Arizona

520 621-1395      ;     aclassen@u.arizona.edu; www.gened.arizona.edu/aclassen

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2012, but feel free to send an inquiry even after that date, to aclassen@u.arizona.edu

Location of Symposium: Conference Room of Special Collections, University of Arizona Library

This is a self-sustaining academic symposium. Participants are expected to secure travel funds and other resources to cover their costs (housing, registration) from their home institution.

The registration fee of $90. will include all meals and refreshments, three receptions in the evenings, and an excursion. Selected papers will be accepted for publication in a planned volume (de Gruyter; see my webpage on Fundamentals. Each contributor to the volume will receive a free copy and can negotiate with the publisher reduced prices for any of the volumes in our series.

Anyone interested in joining the symposium as part of the audience, please contact the organizer. Student participation will be most welcome.

Languages accepted at the symposium: English, French, German, and in exceptional cases Spanish. Non-English papers must be accompanied by a good English summary available as a hand-out. Abstracts of all papers will be posted well ahead of the symposium.

Hotel Accommodations: I have made a special arrangement with Riverpark Inn (formerly Pueblo Inn),  $69/night (plus tax [12%] plus $1 per night – prices might still change for 2011, but this is a very good deal!). Within the USA, call:             1-800 551-1466      , refer to “Dept. of German Studies/Rural Space,” or to my name.  Local number:             520 239-2300      . Transportation to and from the symposium (at the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections), will be provided.  For international guests, please fax your reservations to: 011- 520-239-2329

For a downtown map, click on map

For a campus map, click on campus

Transportation from the airport: There are three options:

1. Bus no. 6 to downtown ($1.25), Ronstadt Bus Depot, from there you walk west on Congress to Granada, turn left (south) to the I-10, through the tunnel, and the hotel is right there. Or you can call the hotel at 239-2300. Alternatively, you can walk down Congress to the I-10, pass under it, then turn left and walk along Frontage Road to the Hotel (max. 15 minutes).

For bus no. 6 (really easy and very cheap), see their schedule: http://www.suntran.com/pdf/routes/Rt_6_Win_07.pdf). Once you have reached Ronstadt downtown (end station), follow these instructions:

Free Green line (shuttle bus) starts just north of  Ronstadt Transit Station (A) and goes to stop #3 (Greyhound bus depot) on Central Avenue, just east of the I-10 elevated freeway.  Walk south to Clark St.then west underneath I-10 to the Riverpark Inn. Subject to change

Green line runs 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Green line leaves Ronstadt at :10, :30, :50 minutes after the hour (i.e. 9:10, 9:30, 9:50 a.m.)

Map route:


2. Take the airport shuttle (one way: ca. $23; round trip: ca. $44), Stagecoach (http://www.azstagecoach.com). Subject to change
Reservation Information             520-889-1000       • reservations@azstagecoach.com.

3.regular taxi (ca. $25-$35. one way).

All prices subject to change.