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Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VII. Neighbours or Strangers? Conflict, Negotiation, and


Questions of toleration, aggression and even hatred based on ethnic diversity have been accentuated in recent times, but multiculturalism in its various forms is far from being confined to the modern world only. The seventh internationalPassages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference will focus on forms of interaction and methods of negotiation in multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual contexts.

The conference aims at concentrating on social and cultural interaction within and between multi-ethnic and multilingual communities, groups and individuals, minority (minorities) and majority. Cooperation, toleration, and coexistence was an everyday necessity in Ancient and medieval societies. On occasion, however, these would turn into the opposite: suspicion, conflict, and violence, enhanced by power struggles and prejudices. All these had a central influence on social dynamics, negotiations of collective or individual identity, definitions of ethnicity, and shaping of legal rules. What was the function of multicultural and multilingual interaction in various contexts: did it create and increase conflicts, or was it rather a prerequisite for survival and prosperity?

Our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life. We welcome papers, which have a sensitive approach to social differences: gender, status, and ethnicity. Actors, experiences, and various levels of negotiations are of main interest. We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical, Byzantine and Medieval Studies). Most preferable are contributions that have themselves a comparative and/or interdisciplinary viewpoint or focusing on a longue durée perspective.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 23-24-25/08/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Tampere (Tampere, Finland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Christian Krötzl (professor); Katariina Mustakallio (vice rector); Jussi Hanska (PhD); Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (PhD); Jenni Kuuliala (PhD); Jussi Rantala (PhD); Miikka Tamminen (PhD); Lauri Uusitalo (MA); Ville Vuolanto (PhD).

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Normal / regular / normale: 120 €

Doctorandos / doctoral students / dottorandi: 50 €


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