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Geographies of Contact

Caroline Lehni
Fanny Moghaddassi
Hélène Ibata
et al.


Hélène Ibata, Caroline Lehni, Fanny Moghaddassi et Nader Nasiri-Moghaddam

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This book is the result of a collaboration which began in 2013, between three research centres at the University of Strasbourg: the Groupe d’Études Orientales (GEO), Savoirs dans l’Espace Anglophone, Représentations, Culture, Histoire (SEARCH) and the Laboratory Societies, Actors and Government in Europe (SAGE).

By bringing together a diversity of approaches, from Middle Eastern as well as British and Irish perspectives, combined with geographical, cultural, literary, artistic and political interests, this project has aimed to shed new light on a complex and fascinating object of study: the material conditions of encounter between the British Isles and the Middle East, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.

A conference organised in June 2014 in Strasbourg made possible the participation of internationally recognized specialists of these questions, who confirmed the usefulness of the chosen interdisciplinary approach. We are very grateful to be able to include their cont...


Senior lecturer at the University of Strasbourg. Following a doctoral thesis on William Blake, her research has focused on British art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her most recent publications include essays on J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, nineteenth-century book illustration and orientalist illustration, in the European Romantic Review, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, The British Art Journal, and Word and Image. She is currently writing a book on the sublime in British Romantic art.

A senior lecturer in British civilization at Sciences Po Strasbourg (University of Strasbourg). Her dissertation on the representations of Egypt in nineteenthcentury Britain through travel book illustrations earned her a PhD from Paris Diderot in 2007. Her current research centres on British visual and cultural history, more particularly on Orientalism and the reception of Egyptian architecture. Among other recent articles, she is the author of “‘Never the Twain Shall Meet’: The Impossible Encounter of Self and Other in the Illustrations of Nineteenth-Century British Travel Books on Egypt” (in C. Dubois & V. Alayrac, eds., The Foreignness of Foreigners: Cultural Representations of the Other in the British Isles (17th-20th centuries), Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars, 2015

A senior lecturer at the University of Strasbourg. She specialises in late medieval English literature, focusing on travel literature and literary representations of space. In 2010, she published Géographies du monde, géographies de l’âme, Le voyage dans la littérature anglaise de la fin du Moyen Age. Devoted to the theme of travelling, the book considers different medieval genres, including visions of the otherworld, romance, and travelogues. Fanny Moghaddassi has recently published various essays on Mandeville’s Travels, as well as research on other late medieval texts, including Middle English Breton Lays.

Nader Nasiri-Moghaddam finished his PhD in Oriental Languages and Civilizations at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) in 2002, after studying History in Iran (University of Tehran). His thesis, entitled “Les missions archéologiques françaises et la question des antiquités en Perse (1884-1914)”, received the Best Dissertation of the Year Award from the Foundation for Iranian Studies and was published in Paris in 2004 as: L’Archéologie française en Perse et les antiquités nationales (1884-1914). He is the author of books and articles concerning the Safavid and Qajar periods and has been teaching as Assistant Professor at the University of Strasbourg, France, since September 2006. His works deal with the relationship between Iran and the West (16th-20th centuries), the history of archaeology and art marketing in Iran. Since September 2016, he has been Professor and Head of the Department of Persian Studies at the same university.

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