Workshop a la Torre Vila-Puig, campus de la UAB, 31 d'octubre
Divendres 31 d'octubre tindrà lloc a la Torre Vila-Puig, situada al campus de la UAB, el workshop internacional The Cultural Broker - Comparing Modes of Dis/integration of Cultural and Religious Otherness in the Mediterranean World and Beyond dirigit per Matthias M. Tischler.
El workshop es centrarà en els processos d'intercanvi de coneixement i els fenòmens de connectivitat cultural, així com els seus modes d'integració i de desintegració, com queda de manifest al seu text de presentació:
Our Barcelona Workshop will focus on processes of exchange of knowledge and phenomena of connectivity, as well as on modes of integration and disintegration, and their effects on the entanglement, hybridization and palimpsesting of cultural layers. Culture has always been ‘hybrid’ to a certain degree, as it is the result, not the by-product, of processes of social, religious, economic and technological transfer and transformation. Despite its relatively biologistic dimension, the concept of hybridization allows us better than the related but colonially connoted notion of “métissage” to introduce the ‘cultural broker’ as the central agent of these processes of intermediation. He or she may not necessarily be an intellectual: Brokers crossing borders can also be merchants, soldiers, refugees or slaves. Additionally, we should not expect brokerage only between distant cultures; on the contrary, it may be an exciting scholarly enterprise to see how narrower transcultural phenomena can be assessed on the customary scale of cultural taxonomy. The central aim of our workshop is to filter out and compare different types of ‘cultural brokerage’ and their agents in times of groundbreaking societal upheavals between Late Antiquity and Early Modern Times, and last but not least to foster comparative studies on the typology of ancient, medieval and early modern text corpora of representations of cultural brokerage.