Round table Texts and contexts
September, 14th 2018 | Naples, Italy
International round table
Testi e contesti. Ricerche in corso sul mondo iranico orientale (IX-XV sec.)
[Texts and contexts. Ongoing researches on the Eastern Iranian world (9th-15th c.)]
In memoriam Gilbert Lazard and Ehsan Yarshater
Michele Bernardini, Roberta Giunta, Valentina Laviola (Università degli studi di Napoli "L'Orientale") and Viola Allegranzi (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle ‐ Paris 3 ; FRE2018 Mondes iranien et indien) convened a meeting devoted to medieval Eastern Iran, in the framework of the MIUR project "Studi e ricerche sulle culture dell’Asia e dell’Africa: tradizione e continuità, rivitalizzazione e divulgazione", and thanks to the financial support of the organizing institutions, ISMEO (Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente), IPO (Istituto per l’Oriente “C.A. Nallino”) and the UFI/UIF Université Franco Italienne. The round table gathered experienced scholars as well as young researchers working in different fields to discuss the outcomes of current studies on textual and material sources informing the cultural history of the pre-Mongol Persianate world.
Three papers dealt with History and Literature (G. van den Berg, M. Bernardini, C. Rhoné-Quer) and brought out the theme of physical and symbolic borders. Four speakers presented recent results of fieldworks and new research projects on archaeological materials (R. Giunta, V. Laviola, T. Lorain, P. Siméon). A third session was devoted to Epigraphy and Palaeography as disciplines complementary to History and Art history (V. Allegranzi, A. Karame, M. Massullo). Moreover, one M.A. and two PhD students presented posters on their ongoing research projects (A. Annucci, A.L. Corsi, J.-D. Richaud).
This third meeting on the cultural history of medieval Eastern Iran (following two workshops held in Paris in 2016 and 2017) confirmed the interest in pursuing and enlarging the dialogue on such a key period in the history of the Iranian societies. It was also the occasion to reinforce the collaboration between scholars carrying out researches on fresh or little known sources. The scientific committee (G. van den Berg, M. Bernardini, R. Giunta, M. Szuppe) concluded the meeting by encouraging the publication of proceedings and the organisation of further editions of the round table, envisaging to widen the programme and network of involved researchers.