Prof. Marcello Garzaniti, Firenze
Prof. Vassa Kontouma, Ecole pratique des hautes études, PSL, Paris
Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides, Erfurt
The Republic of Letters, a wide network of intellectuals representing an important and fruitful moment within European modernity, also has an Eastern side with numerous actors communicating in Greek, Latin, Arabic or Slavic languages. Despite the existence of extensive sources, this topic has rarely been studied from an interdisciplinary perspective and especially from that of “entangled history”. To enable a more complete cartography of this multifaceted East-West exchange, this research project brings together scholars of modern Greek, Slavic and Oriental studies, as well as (East European) historians. Within this framework, the second conference (20-21 July 2021) is devoted to the topic “Languages and Transmissions” and takes a closer look at the use of languages in the context of the Republic of Letters on various levels: the learning of languages, multilingualism, translations and translators, philological commentaries, printing houses and typographical techniques, as well as languages as communication means and mediating instances between East and West.