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Original woodcut by painter-illustrator Louis-Robert Antral (1895-1939) contained in Henry de Monfreid's book Le Chant du Toukan (Fayard, 1937). (Wikimedia Commons)

Original woodcut by painter-illustrator Louis-Robert Antral (1895-1939) contained in Henry de Monfreid's book Le Chant du Toukan (Fayard, 1937). (Wikimedia Commons)

Conference 'Storytelling, Travel Writing, and Seafaring from Cross-Cultural Perspectives'


30 Oct - 04 Nov 2018

American University of Sharjah, UAE


The Arabian Gulf is one of the crossroads of the modern world. It has been a meeting place of multiple cultures throughout different historical periods from antiquity to the 21st century. Therefore, it offers excellent grounds for reflecting on storytelling, seafaring, descriptions of landscapes and travel writing (including autobiography) from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. These seemingly quite different literary genres share many common aspects and in many ways they stand at the beginning of literature itself. Famous examples are for instance the Epic of Gilgamesh or the writings of Homer.

This international conference of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) in collaboration with the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and the Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) aims to explore the tradition of storytelling, travel accounts, and seafaring stories in different cultures and communities, not only in the Arabian Gulf and other Arab regions, but also in the Indian, Persian and European cultures.

A preliminary program of the conference will be made available soon.


Date, Time & Venue

30 October – 4 November 2018
American University of Sharjah, UAE


Language

English

Contact & Registration

AGYA Member Nuha Al-Shaar
storytelling_sharjah[at]agya.info



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