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Migration histories

Vient de paraître:

Migration Histories of the Medieval Afroeurasian Transition Zone

Aspects of mobility between Africa, Asia and Europe, 300-1500 C.E.

éd. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Lucian Reinfandt et Yannis Stouraitis, Brill, 2020.

The transition zone between Africa, Asia and Europe was the most important intersection of human mobility in the medieval period. The present volume for the first time systematically covers migration histories of the regions between the Mediterranean and Central Asia and between Eastern Europe and the Indian Ocean in the centuries from Late Antiquity up to the early modern era.
Within this framework, specialists from Byzantine, Islamic, Medieval and African history provide detailed analyses of specific regions and groups of migrants, both elites and non-elites as well as voluntary and involuntary. Thereby, also current debates of migration studies are enriched with a new dimension of deep historical time.

En route pour le ciel

Effervescences Médiévales, plateforme collaborative et interdisciplinaire sur le Moyen Âge pour les chercheurs médiévistes, vous invite à participer à son second appel à publications. Les articles seront publiés sur notre site puis, à l’issue de la date butoir, compilés sous la forme d’une revue numérique en libre accès.

Pour son second appel à publications, l’équipe d’Effervescences Médiévales vous invite à soumettre un article sur le thème suivant : « En route pour le Ciel, le voyage spirituel au Moyen Âge ». À travers ce thème, nous invitons les jeunes chercheurs et chercheurs confirmés à réfléchir au voyage spirituel par la seule voie de l’esprit, en excluant tout déplacement physique. Votre contribution pourra traiter des axes suivants :

  • La préparation du voyage spirituel, les conditions morales et spirituelles requises.
  • Les différentes formes du voyage spirituel (rêve, extase, vision,…).
  • Les différentes voies d’accès au voyage spirituel (les airs, la musique,…).
  • Les différentes étapes du voyage spirituel.
  • La description des paysages visités.
  • L’identification des créatures célestes rencontrées comme les anges, les saints, les guides,…
  • Les émotions du voyageur.
  • L’enseignement du voyage spirituel.
  • Les perceptions olfactives et auditives du voyage spirituel.
  • Le retour du voyage spirituel.
  • Le souvenir du voyage spirituel.
  • Les bénéfices du voyage spirituel.
  • Les représentations du voyage spirituel dans l’art du Moyen Âge.

Votre contribution pourra également traiter de sujets adjacents en lien avec notre thématique de recherche. Dans une démarche interdisciplinaire, toutes les contributions de spécialistes travaillant sur le Moyen Âge sont attendues.

Vision du bienheureux Pierre de Luxembourg, Heures à l’usage de Paris, XVe siècle. Paris, Bibl. Mazarine, ms. 491, f. 244v.


Les articles seront publiés au fur et à mesure de leur soumission. Votre contribution est à envoyer à l’adresse suivante jusqu’au 31 octobre 2020 inclus, accompagnée d’une courte biographie.

Pour les normes rédactionnelles, voir ici.


Vient de paraître:

Alfred Hiatt, Dislocations: Maps, Classical Tradition, and Spatial Play in the European Middle Ages, Turnhout, Brepols, coll. Studies and Texts 218, 2020.


In Europe, during the Middle Ages, classical Greek and Roman geography continued to provide the fundamental structure for knowing the world’s places and peoples. From encyclopedic compendia such as the Natural History of Pliny the Elder and its redaction in Julius Solinus’s Polyhistor to the works of canonical Roman poets such as Virgil, Ovid, and Lucan, the geographical content of antique texts invited study and explication.

Yet medieval authors well knew that classical spatial order, itself full of lacunae, only infrequently corresponded to their own reality. Dislocations: Maps, Classical Tradition, and Spatial Play in the European Middle Ages considers the ways in which medieval and, later, humanist geography absorbed and reinvented classical spatial models in order to address key questions of historical change, migration, and emerging national, regional, and linguistic identities.

Drawing on a wide range of literary texts, maps, and geographical descriptions – and utilising the ancient but now largely discarded scholarly genre of the dialogue – Dislocations argues that medieval spatial representation was complex and richly textured, whether in the form of a careful gloss in a manuscript of Lucan’s Civil War, or as the exuberant sexualized allegories of the fourteenth-century papal notary Opicinus de Canistris.

The book also explores a further kind of dislocation: the surprising connections between medieval geographical thought and twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual arts, including Dadaism and the remarkable Mappamundi Suite of the Gujarati artist Gulammohammed Sheikh. While past spatial orders may be relegated to obscurity, they just as often linger – in archives, memories, and ruins – to be retrieved and reanimated in revealing ways.

Catalan maps and Jewish books

Vient de paraître:

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Catalan Maps and Jewish Books. The Intellectual Profile of Elisha ben Abraham Cresques (1325-1387), Turnhout, Brepols, coll. Terrarum orbis 15, 2020.

Présentation :

This books describes the life of Elisa ben Abraham Cresques, known to many as the author of the Catalan Atlas, and focuses on the Jewish aspects of his fascinating career, his professional profile, and his scholarship.

This book presents a small chapter in the intellectual history of the Jews of Majorca. Its key figure is Elisha ben Abraham Bevenisti Cresques (1325–1387) a cartographer in the service of King Peter IV of Aragon and a scribe and illuminator of Hebrew books. Elisha Cresques’ career evolves at a point in time when some of the most fascinating threads of methodological interests relevant to intellectual history meet. He emerges as a hub, so to speak, where mapmaking converged with scribal work, miniature painting with scientific knowledge, and the culture of a minority with that of the majority. How he was able to negotiate his patron’s expectations and his own cultural identity and frame them within the political, cultural, and religious discourses of his time is the subject of this book.

Table des matières:

List of Illustrations
1 Book Art for the Jewish Call – Charts for the Court
2 Collecting Books
3 Visualizing the Ecumene at Large
4 Filling in the Details
5 Political Space Between the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean
6 Imaging Islam in Africa and the Middle East
7 The Mongol Khanates
8 Mythical Space: Past and Future
Bibliography and Sources