IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1615: Initiatory Journeys and Heuristic Traversals (and Backwards) From Antiquity to the Middle Ages, II: Crossing Borders to Access Knowledge

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Naïs Virenque, Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François Rabelais, Tours
Moderator/Chair:Antoine Paris, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris / Université de Montréal, Québec
Paper 1615-aLa science des variantes coraniques au Moyen Âge: un transfert des savoirs d'Occident vers l'Orient
(Language: Français)
Zohra Azgal, Proche-Orient Caucase Langues Archéologie Cultures (PROCLAC - UMR 7192) École Pratique des Hautes Études
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Literacy and Orality, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1615-bThe Crossings of Virtues: Prudentia's Celestial Journey and Arborescent Ethics
(Language: English)
José Higuera Rubio, Instituto de Filosofía Universidade do Porto
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1615-cFrom a Place to Another: Crossing Boundaries as a Heuristic Process to Discover the World in the Travels of Marco Polo
(Language: English)
Naïs Virenque, Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François Rabelais, Tours
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Social History

What does crossing a border mean? Our session will address medieval borders through the imaginary issues of the traversal as a transformative process, and assign importance to the Ancient heritage. Is the one who crosses changed by passing through a border and backwards? How is each side of the border also transformed by one’s outward and return journey? By keeping in mind that crossing borders is not necessarily a unilateral traversal, and taking into account any type of border (between two countries or spaces, but also between life and death, materiality and imaginality, sacred and profane, etc.), we will wonder to what extent crossing borders can become an initiatory journey and/or a heuristic traversal, able to change representations and to reveal the teeming reality of world and imagination.