Program for Pre-modern Globalism


Zoom link for both days:, starting at 7 a.m. Welcome and intro at 7:15 a.m. Arizona time.


This symposium is open to anyone interested in this topic, so just enter at your leisure whenever you can, but please make sure to mute yourself until you want to speak. You can always raise your hand (using the reaction function), or put down something in the chat.

Since this a virtual online conference with many speakers from different parts of the world, I’ll give preference to those from outside of the USA to speak first each day, irrespective of the chronological order, but perfection in that regard is not possible.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LIMIT YOUR SPEAKING TIME TO 20 MINUTES; YOU WILL THEN HAVE 10 MINUTES FOR Q & A. If you want to show pictures, or present a PPP, I’ll be happy to make you to a co-host. As one of my own teachers once said, what you cannot explain in 20 minutes, you better keep quiet about.

April 30, 7:15-7:30 a.m. (Arizona time): Introduction and welcome


Amina Boukail (University of Jijel, Algeria) and Abdoulaye Samaké (University of Bamako, Mali / University of Lausanne, CH): The Global Fable in the Middle Ages: Kalila wa Dimna Across Eastern and Western Cultures

8:05-8:35 a.m.

Quan Gan, University of Texas, Austin: The Strategies and Logics of Modifying Ancestral Memory in Early Capetian France and Wuyue-Song



8:40-9:10 a.m.

Abel Lorenzo-Rodríguez, University of Santiago de Compostela: Scalping, Burning, Hanging, and Misunderstood Punishments from Baghdad to Oviedo (Eighth to Twelfth Centuries)

9:15-9:30 a.m. Break

9:30-10:00 a.m.

William Mahan, Stillwater, OK, Oklahoma State University: Going Rogue Across the Globe: International Vagrants from Medieval Europe, Asia and the Middle East

10:05-10:35 a.m.

Warren Tormey, English Department, Middle Tennessee State University: “Swords and Armor as ‘Global’ Medieval Icons”

10:40-11:10 a.m.

Maha Baddar, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ: From Compromising to Un-Apologetic: An Account of the Encounter Between Arabic Scholarship and Greek Philosophy in the Work of al-Kindi and Ibn Sina

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Najlaa Ramadan Abdulaziz Aldeeb, Swansea University, UK: Globalism in Paul of Antioch’s Letter to a Muslim Friend and Its Refutation by Ibn Taymiyya

11:50-12:30 Lunch Break

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Nina Gonzalbez, Florida State University: Brick by Brick: Constructing Identity at Don Lope Fernández de Luna’s Parroquieta at La Seo

1:05-1:35 p.m.

Christian Blake Pye, University of Texas, Austin: Ibn ‘Arabi’s “Realization”: A Revolutionary Interpretive Method in Global Early Modern Islamicate Civilization

1:40-2:10 p.m.

Fidel Fajardo-Acosta, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska: Global Catastrophe: Giants, Monsters, and the Medieval Breaching of the Great Barrier

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona: Globalism in the Niederrheinische Orientbericht


Sunday, May 1:

7:30-7:35 a.m. Welcome back. What have we achieved, what can we still expect?

7:35-8:05 a.m.

Sally Abed, Alexandria University, Egypt: Between East and West: John Pory’s Translation of Leo Africanus’s Description of Africa

8:10-8:40 a.m.

Thomas Ballhausen, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria: Global Beowulf: On Strange Ecologies and the Import/Export of Monsters

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Chiara Benati (Università di Genova) – Marialuisa Caparrini (Università di Ferrara): The Germanic Translations of Lanfranc’s Surgical Works as Example of Global Circulation of Medical Knowledge

9:20-9:35 a.m. Break

9:35-10:05 a.m.

Leo Donnarumma, University of Grenoble “Alpes” and University of Naples “Federico II”: Globalization and Battlefield: The Encounter Between the Ottomans and the Neapolitan Army in the War of Otranto in 1480

10:10-10:40 a.m.

Amany El-Sawy, Alexandria University, Egypt: Globalization and the Harem Travel Narratives: Encountering the Ottomans in Shakespeare’s Othello

10:45-11:15 a.m.

David Tomíček, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic: Old and New – Exotic Medicines in the Czech-Language Sources of the Sixteenth Century


Doaa Omran, University of New Mexico: The Journey of Ghazal East and West

11:55-12:30: Lunch Break

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Daniel F. Pigg, The University of Tennessee at Martin: Chaucer Imagines the East: The Squire’s Tale Struggle Toward Understanding

1:05-1:35 p.m.

Daniela D’Eugenio, University of Arkansas: Transnational Examples of Pedagogical Practices of Foreign Languages in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

1:40-2:10 p.m.

Karen Pinto, Visiting Scholar, Religious Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder: Emergence of Medieval Islamicate Cartographic Imaginaries

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Thomas Willard, University of Arizona: John Dee and the Origins of the British Empire

2:50-3:00 p.m.: Albrecht Classen: Conclusion of the symposium; general discussion, next steps


Thank you all very much.