Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe
Retelling Tales and Recreating Cosmologies as Strategies of Global Encounter and Expansion 600-1800
CERES Palais, room "Ruhrpott" (4.13)
The workshop will explore the ways in which tales, whether expressed in written, oral, theatrical or other visual form, were transformed as they crossed from one cultural realm to another, and then were used as a way of explaining, incorporating or resisting other cultures. In particular we wish to examine ways in which dominant, often invading cultures attempted to insert themselves into the cosmologies of those they wished to conquer, and how in turn, these cultures transformed their own cosmological understandings to account for and often resist the rhetoric of the others, designed to push for changes in religion, rituals, and moral behaviors.