The aim of this workshop is to investigate the ideas and images attributed to Europe, as conveyed in the writings of intellectuals and great novelists, via the plastic arts, in travel literature and cartography, and in folklore and ethnographic sources.
The aim of this workshop is to investigate the ideas and images attributed to Europe, throughout different historical periods and in diverse Western and non-Western contexts. Drawing on the assumption that group images and collective identities emerge from dialectical processes where a We is set against diverse Others, we propose to examine how Europeans have perceived themselves, what ideas and images they have construed and projected of themselves, in contrast to other peoples and regions of the world around them - tangible or imagined regions such as the Americas, The Orient, Africa and India. Conversely, we propose to investigate and interpret the images and ideas that peoples from other regions and continents, close or far away, such as Russia, China and the USA, have held of Europe and the Europeans up to the present day. <br />We would expect individual papers presented in this workshop to explore the issue in any of its manifold dimensions or faces, and by relying on the widest and most plural set of sources. We aim to elicit images of Europe as conveyed in the writings of intellectuals, philosophers and great novelists, via the plastic arts, in film, in travel literature and cartography, and in folklore and ethnographic sources. The approaches taken to investigate the different issues might be quite diverse, therefore, and by necessity multi- or interdisciplinary. However, anthropological and ethnographical perspectives are to be favoured.