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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE BIRTH OF UNIVERSITIES IN THE PERIPHERIES OF EUROPE “FROM THE SCRIPTORIUM TO THE LIBRARY”

On the occasion of the 800th Anniversary of the Convent of Sta. Cruz La Real (Segovia)

Segovia, 10-12 June 2019

Abstract: The model of the birth of universities in Europe has long been established taken as a model the developments that occurred in continental Western Europe particularly as a result of well-known processes: the Carolingian Renaissance, the vernacularisation of culture, the increasing relevance of cities, the empowerment of new social groups. Nevertheless, in large parts of what today is considered Europe, let alone Eurasia, the social and intellectual factors that defined this emergence of universities were often not present, or not all of them. In areas where the process of Christianization, and sometimes also literacy, had taken place later, or where the role of monasteries as the only centres of learning and literary activity lasted longer, or where a more or less permanent warfare existed, or where the adequate social environment had not yet been developed, the scriptoria and the libraries of monasteries and convents kept learning and cultural traditions for longer, often against all odds.

The aim of the present conference is to discuss and analyse, among others, aspects and questions such as:

Call for papers

The International Conference is organised by the Centre of Humanities if IE University on the occasion of the 800th Anniversary of its site in Segovia, a former Dominican foundation protected by the Spanish crown. A call for papers to participate is now open. Please send your title and abstract (200-300) to Susana.torres@ie.edu [1] by November 30th, 2018.

Accommodation

On-campus accommodation and meals for speakers will be covered by the Centre of Humanities of IE University. Attendance for those wishing to attend without presenting a paper is free.

Publication

Papers will be published in an extraordinary volume of the peer-reviewed, indexed journal Oppidum.