Program for the 2012 East Meets West Symposium

University of Arizona, Tucson, May 3-5, 2012
Organized by Albrecht Classen, Dept. of German Studies

Location: Catalina Room, University of Arizona Student Union, 4th floor

Registration: $90 for the active participants (includes all evening receptions). All meals and refreshments are for their consumption.

The public is invited for free, but then there will be a registration fee of $30/day for all meals and refreshments. 

THURSDAY, May 3, 7-9 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by UA), Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway, next to Interstate 10, south of St. Mary’s Rd. (hospitality room, a suite, no. 134) – feel free to drop in and to stay until 9 p.m., but the room will be a suite where one of the participants is staying, so we should not impose ourselves for too long after 9 p.m.!

FRIDAY, May 4:

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Each Speaker will have twenty minutes for the talk, and ten minutes for discussions, but not more than thirty minutes in total.

8:30 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel. Please be punctually in the lobby.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION: 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona):

Catalina Room, Student Union, 3rd Floor

Chair: Albrecht Classen

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Connie Scarborough, Texas Tech, Lubbock: “Our Moors” and “Them”: Alfonso X’s and the Muslims

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.: Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona: Curiosity about and ‘Acceptance’ of the East in Herzog Ernst, Reinfried von Braunschweig, and Fortunatus: Did Anonymity Facilitate Toleration in the Middle Ages?

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Coffee/Tea Break: Hosted by UA

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Heiko Hartmann, University of Berlin: Wolfram’s Islam: The Beliefs of the Muslim Pagans in Parzival and Willehalm

11:00-11:30 a.m.: Christopher R. Clason, Oakland University, MI: Walther von der Vogelweide and the Middle East: “Holy” Land and the Heathen.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Andrew Holt, Dept. of History, Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL: Crusading against Barbarians: Muslims as Barbarians in Crusades Sources
12:00 -1:30 p.m. Lunch: Catalina. Hosted by UA

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Diane Peters Auslander, Lehman College, New York: From Saints to Demons: The Ups and Downs of the Eastern Ascetic Tradition in the Lives of an Irish Female Saint

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Mark Abate, Westfield State University, MA: The Re-Orientation of Roger Bacon: Muslims, Mongols, and the Man Who Knew Everything

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Courtney Barajas (University of Texas, at Austin): “Truth, Divinity and Monstrosity in the East: Reading the Cotton Tiberius MS B.V as a Whole Text”

3:00-3:15  Coffee Break: Hosted by UA (Catalina)

3:15 -3:45 p.m.: Alison Beringer, Montclair State University: Uniting East and West through Language: Alexander’s Conquest of Semiramis
3:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Patricia Black, California State University, Chico, CA: Rumi’s Mathnawi and the Roman de la Rose: The Space of Narrative

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.: Stefanie Helmschrott, University of Augsburg, Germany: Communicating at Eye Level? – Two Ways of Intercultural Communication in Hermann’s of Sachsenheim “Die Mörin”

4:45 – 5:15: Jens T. Wollesen, University of Toronto, Canada: East Meets West in Pictures

5:15-6:00 p.m.: Tour of the campus

6:00 p.m.: Transportation to restaurant El Sabroso for dinner at 6:30 p.m.

6:30-7:30  p.m.: Dinner: Hosted by UA

Reception: Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Room 134: 8:00 – 9:45 p.m. Hosted by UA


8:45 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel (please be punctual)

Catalina Room all day

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds): A Hierarchy of Peoples:
Franks and Native Communities in the Principalities of Outremer

9:45-10:15 a.m.: Jean E. Jost, Dept. of English Bradley University, Peoria, IL: The Exotic and Fabulous East: The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

10:15-10:30 a.m. Coffee/Tea Break (Catalina  Room)

10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Scott L. Taylor, PCC, Tucson, AZ:  Merveilles du Monde:  Marco Millioni, Mirabilia and the Medieval Imagination, or the Impact of Genre on European Curiositas

11:00-11:30: Daniel F. Pigg, The University of Tennessee at Martin, TN: When East Meets West in Chaucer’s “Man of Law’s Tale: The Syrian Development

11:30-12:00 Romedio Schmitz-Esser, Duke University/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany:  Embalming the Corpse between East and West: From Ar-Razi to Henry de Mondeville


12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Lunch (Hosted by UA) – Catalina Room, Student Union

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: Denis Bjaï, University of Orléans, France: The Representation of the East in Montaigne’s Essais

1:45 p.m. -2:15 p.m.: Sean Clark, University of Arizona: The Other “Others”: Eastern Christians in Early Modern German Travel Narratives 

2:15 -2:45 p.m.: Allison Coudert, UC Davis, CA: Rethinking Orientalism in the Long Eighteenth Century (1650-1800)

2:45-3:00 p.m.: Coffee/Tea Break
3:00-3:30 p.m.:  Linda Darling, University of Arizona: Advice Literature: A Meeting of East and West?

3:30-4:00 p.m.: Ramon Eduardo Duarte, University of Arizona: Producing Yeni Dünya for an Ottoman Readership: The Travels of Ilyas bin Hanna al-Mawsuli in Colonial Latin America, 1675-1683

4:00-4:30 p.m.: Pascale Barthe, University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC: The Merchant is a Thief: Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s Oriental WorksT

4:30-5:00 p.m.: Thomas Willard, University of Arizona: Islamic Learning in the Christian West: The Strange Case of Christian Rosencreutz

5:15 p.m.: Dinner in Student Union, Catalina Room (3rd Fl., western wing)

7:00 p.m.: Transportation back to the Hotel

7:30-10:00 p.m. Reception, Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite 134. Hosted by UA

8:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion: What have we achieved? Where do we go from here?

Preparation for publication

Sunday, May 5

Excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ( $13.00 entrance fee on your own

Pick-up at the hotel: 8:15 a.m. (limit of max. 14 people), Shuttle operated by hotel (no charge)

For others, I would like to offer a short (free) excursion to the historical mission church San Xavier del Bac (ca. 1790). Pick-up at

ca. 9:15 a.m., return to the hotel at ca. 11:00 a.m. (no charge)

Pick-up at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at ca. 11:30 a.m., back to the hotel at ca. 12 p.m. (can be extended)

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors: the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Los Angeles, the UA Bookstore, the UA Departments of German Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, English, French and Italian, Sociology, Middle Eastern Studies, and the Dean of the College of Humanities.