In November 2016, the Levantine Heritage Foundation is organizing its second interdisciplinary conference, entitled "The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade – Networks of People and Knowledge," in London, at Europe House and the Hellenic Centre.
Building on the success of the groundbreaking first international conference on Levantines in Istanbul, 2014, this conference will emphasize the theme of trade as the central dynamic in the creation of a Levantine world, with complex economic networks giving rise to equally complex social, cultural, political, and material interactions and syntheses.
Although the Levant has been part of Eurasian trade networks for millennia, it played an increasingly central role, and provided a formative geocultural space for exchanges, during the creation of the modern world: the economic expansion of capitalism, accompanied by imperialism, nationalism, and the movement of people through the Levant shaped the Middle East as we know it. The essential "engine of history" in most of these historical dynamics was trade, providing the material exchanges and networks, which in turn generated an array of social and cultural interactions.
Sibel Zandi Sayek, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, The College of William and Mary
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