2012 Symposium on East Meets West in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

9th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies

at the University of Arizona, Tucson, May 3-6, 2012.


 Marco Polo

Checklist for the Preparation of the Article Submission

Concept and Framework

This 10th international symposium will focus, once again, on a broad, fundamental topic relevant for the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time, "East Meets West." The cultural, military, political, religious, and economic development of both continents was deeply intertwined with each other, sometimes in an aggressive, hostile fashion, but sometimes also  constructively in a give and take manner. Our textbooks are too much filled with images of complete opposition and mutual rejection, whereas exchange and mutual interest were probably much more the case than not. We want to collect a wide variety of approaches and contributions to this topic in order to gain a solid and broad-ranging understanding of the variety of contacts and exchanges between East and West. I particularly would like to invite art historians, economic and military historians, and religious scholars to submit proposals.


Dr. Albrecht Classen
University Distinguished Professor

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

520 621-1395; aclassen@u.arizona.edu; aclassen.faculty.arizona.edu


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 in the Student Union, University of Arizona

This is a self-sustaining academic symposium. Participants are expected to secure travel funds and other resources to cover their costs.

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),  $65/night (plus tax [13.05%] plus $2 per night). 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: https://www.suntran.com/pdf/routes/Rt_6_Win_07.pdf). Once you have reached Ronstadt downtown (end station), follow these instructions:

Map route:

2. Take the airport shuttle (one way: ca. $23; round trip: ca. $44), Stagecoach (https://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.


I am pleased to acknowledge the support of the University of Arizona Bookstore.

UA Bookstore

Furthermore, I am very grateful for support from the Departments of German Studies, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Russian and Slavic, Religion, Africana, Sociology, Anthropology, and Middle East Studies, and from the Dean of the Humanities.



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