In 1311, during a council celebrated at Vienne (France), Pope Clemens V enacted a “canon” allowing and urging the universities of Salamanca, Oxford, Paris and Bologna to teach oriental languages: Arab, Hebrew and Chaldean. So, for the first time, the study of Oriental languages and cultures became introduced into the European university system. It is a historical event we would like to commemorate.
In Spain Salamanca was the first University engaged in Oriental Studies, and this is why we have decided to organize here a commemorative conference together with our Spanish and European colleagues. The celebration of the first impulse for these studies can be an excellent occasion for analysing the history of Oriental Studies in Spain and in Europe, its landmarks and its changes along the centuries, as well as its efforts to take into account the successive historical environments, needs and aspirations.
We also would like to show the good health of Oriental Studies in Salamanca, in the Spanish universities, and all over Europe.
For more information: http://www.eos700.es/
Call for papers: http://ada.usal.es/videvdad/eos700/Call_for_papers_eos700.pdf