Before Orientalism: The “Images” of Islam, 15th-17th c.


About The Event

Call for Papers

Date: May 18-19, 2017

Venue: Fundación BBVA. Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca. Paseo de Recoletos, 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2017

In recent years, the study of religious otherness has experienced a significant surge. Regarding the perception of Islam in Europe, the Romantic dichotomous vision between the orientalist attraction and the rejection and hatred is being left behind. The purpose of this conference is to analyze, from a pluri-disciplinar perspective, which conceptions or images of Islam were developed, from the end of the Middle Ages to the decline of the Austria dynasty in the Iberian Peninsula and other Mediterranean enclaves closely connected to the Hispanic Crown. The aim of this event is to analyze the stereotypes, which have traditionally limited historical studies; and also, the dissociation between the imaged produced by literature and the visual discourses of several social strata which were in closer contact with Islam.

The topics addressed during the conference will be:

  1. How the (literary and visual) image of Islam was created and developed in the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th to 17th centuries.
  2. What are the convergences and divergences between the spheres of the letters and the arts?
  3. The value of stereotypes in the building of the image and identity of Muslims.
  4. The weight of 19th century literary and artistic historiography in the blurring of the Medieval and Modern images of religious otherness.
  5. The contribution of 16th and 17th orientalist images in the later construction of 19th century orientalism.
  6. Is it possible to elaborate a cartography of the representations of Muslims in the different Hispanic territories?
  7. Was there an invisible Islam? How was it materialized?

Submission process:

Papers submitted must be of maximum 500 words in Spanish, English, Italian or French, together with a brief summary of the research record of the author, and main publications. Deadline is 1st February 2017. Acceptance of papers will be communicated 10th February. The papers must be submitted to Oral communications will be 15-20 minutes. The inscription fee is 50 €. Inscription entitles to attendance and publication of the texts (once approved by peer review procedure). To participate in the publication, it is necessary to attend the conference to present the paper. News related to this conference will be published in

Scientific Committee:

– Ximo Company Climent, University of Lleida

– Elena Díez Jorge, University of Granada

– Consuelo Gómez López, National University of Distance Education (UNED)

– Alicia Cámara Muñoz, National University of Distance Education (UNED)

– Francisco J. Moreno Díaz del Campo, University of Castilla-La Mancha

– Inés Monteira Arias, National University of Distance Education (UNED)

– James Nelson Novoa, University of Ottawa

– Amadeo Serra Desfilis, University of Valencia

– Enrique Soria Mesa, National University of Cordoba

Director of the Conference:

Borja Franco Llopis, National University of Distance Education (UNED)

This event will be sponsored by Fundación BBVA, the History of Art Department of the UNED and the MINECO.


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Fundación BBVA. Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca

Fundación BBVA. Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca. Paseo de Recoletos, 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain

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