Conferences

4th International Conference

Textualising the Experience – Digitalising the Text: Cyprus through Travel Literature (15th-18th c.)

6-8 February 2019

Learning Resource Centre "Stelios Ioannou", University of Cyprus, Nicosia

The 4th International Conference of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, entitled Textualising the Experience – Digitalising the Text: Cyprus through Travel Literature (15th-18th c.), was held, on 6-8 February 2019 in Nicosia, in collaboration with the University of Cyprus at the Learning Resource Centre "Stelios Ioannou", in Nicosia.

The conference was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.

Travel Literature in the digital era

The aim of the Conference was to encourage the interdisciplinary study of travel literature on the Eastern Mediterranean, with an emphasis on Cyprus, and to promote the use of digital tools and resources in humanities research.

Researchers and scholars from eight countries approached travel writing as a genre, as evidence of perceptions of the Other, as a means of representing space, as a testimonial of cultural exchange and as a historical source. In terms of background research, the presentations will be based on the platform created for the Zefyros research programme, supervised by Professor Julia Chatzipanagioti-Sangmeister (University of Cyprus) and funded by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation.

Innovative programme of travel literature index

With an innovative approach to travel literature and a corresponding new methodology, Zefyros collected and indexed the multitude of Cyprus-related information traced in 125 editions (in 11 languages) of travel literature from the 15th to the 18th century in the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation Collection. Researchers have access to 60,000 entries on the natural space, habitation, society, economy, culture and history of Cyprus. Users are able to retrieve data and view the original text.

Zefyros is the first component of a broader web platform, INSPIRAL which in the future will host further databases of travel literature on the Eastern Mediterranean.

Organising Committee

President

Sylvia Ioannou

Founder of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation

General Secretary

Dimitris Stefanou

Members

Dora Mitsonia
Antonis Valsamos
Dr Maria Yiouroukou

Scientific Committee

President

Prof. Julia Chatzipanagioti-Sangmeister

Members

Prof. Jacques Bouchard
Prof. Panagiotis N. Doukellis
Dr Mary Roussou-Sinclair
Dr Filippos Tsimpoglou

Welcome Addresses

Elena Diomidi-Parpouna
Acting Library Director, University of Cyprus

Tasos Christofides
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Rector of the University of Cyprus


Artemis Scutari

Kostas Champiaouris
Minister of Education and Culture (on behalf of the President of the Republic of Cyprus)

Jacques Bouchard

Video
Inaugural Session - Collecting, Reading, Researching

President: Jacques Bouchard

Travel Literature in the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation Collection

Leonora Navari

Video

Textualising the Experience - Digitalising the Text: The Journey of Information from Text to Electronic Database

Julia Chatzipanagioti-Sangmeister

Video

It's for All of Us!

Peter Economides

Video
Session A – Travellers and Travel Literature

Part 1
Chair: Anastasia Nikolopoulou

The Cyprus of the Travellers (15th-16th Centuries)

Chryssa Maltezou

Video

The Presence of European Travel Literature in the Libraries of European Merchants in the Levant

Cornel Zwierlein

Video

The Italian Travellers’ View of Cyprus in Early Modern Times: Political Representations of an Imaginary Dominion

Eleftheria Zei

Video

Discussion

Video

Part 2
Chair: Pantelis Voutouris

The Cypriot World in the Age of the Protestant Reformation in Europe

Pavlína Šípová

Video

The Representation of Cyprus by the German Traveller Carsten Niebuhr about 1766

Chariton Karanasios

Video

Charting the Empire: The Colonial Eye in Travellers’ Accounts

Mary Roussou-Sinclair

Video

Discussion

Video

Part 3
Chair: Georgios Xenis

Cyprus in the 18th Century from the Descriptions of Two Swedish Travellers

Vassilios Sabatakakis

Video

Travel and Fiction: The Case of the French Explorer, Geographer, Astronomer and Encyclopaedist Charles Marie de La Condamine (1701-1774)

Dimitri Dolapsakis

Video

Giovanni Mariti’s Treatise on Cypriot Wine

Sasha Djordjevic

Discussion

Video
Session B – Cyprus: Representations of Space and People

Part 1
Chair: Thomas A. Sinclair

Routes in 18th-century Cyprus

Panagiotis N. Doukellis

Video

Angelicus Maria Müller (1677-1734) and the Island of Cyprus

Andreas Ε. Müller

Video

Reading Between the Lines: Facts, Tales and Misunderstandings Concerning Christian Monuments of Cyprus (7th-18th Centuries) Based on Travellers’ Texts

Charalampos G. Chotzakoglou

Video

Discussion

Video

Part 2
Chair: Chryssa Maltezou

The Representation of Cyprus in the Work of Olfert Dapper (1688): Images of the Mediterranean in the Travel Literature of the Late Dutch Golden Age

Maria-Tsampika Lampitsi

Video

Interdenominational Interaction in Ottoman Cyprus (Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians, Jews)

Ioannis Zelepos

Video

The Armenians of Cyprus According to Western Travellers

Hervé R. Georgelin

Video

Discussion

Video

Part 3
Chair: Michalis N. Michael

The Ottoman Occupation of Cyprus in Johann van Kootwyck’s Itinerarium Hierosolymitanum et Syriacum

Spyridon Tzounakas

Video

Travellers and the Administration of Ottoman Justice in Cyprus: New Insights Facilitated by the Zefyros Research Programme

Richard Wittmann

Video

Muslims and Islam in the Work of Giovanni Mariti

Dimitris Stamatopoulos

Video

Discussion

Video
Closing Session — From Card Catalogues to Digital Technologies

Chair

Artemis Scutari

Coordinator

Filippos Tsimpoglou

Roundtable Discussion

Aliki Asvesta
Maria Georgopoulou
Thanos Papadimitriou
Apostolos Sarris

Video

General Discussion

Video

Conclusions

Video

Aliki Asvesta

Historian, The Gennadius Library, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Jacques Bouchard

Professor, Director of the Centre for Neohellenic Studies, University of Montreal, Member of the Royal Society of Canada

Julia Chatzipanagioti-Sangmeister

Professor, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus

Charalampos G. Chotzakoglou

Byzantinologist, Hellenic Open University, Chairman of the Society of Cypriot Studies

Sasha Djordjevic

PhD candidate, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus

Dimitri Dolapsakis

Researcher, Hellenic Open University

Panagiotis N. Doukellis

Professor, Department of Sociology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens

Peter Economides

Brand strategist

Hervé Georgelin

Lecturer, Department of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Maria Georgopoulou

Director, The Gennadius Library, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Chariton Karanasios

Senior Researcher, Research Centre for Medieval and Modern Hellenism, Academy of Athens

Maria-Tsampika Lampitsi

PhD candidate, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus

Chryssa Maltezou

Prof. Emerita, University of Athens, Member of the Academy of Athens

Michalis N. Michael

Associate Professor, Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cyprus

Andreas E. Müller

Professor, Institut für Byzantinistik und Νeogräzistik, Universität Wien

Leonora Navari

Historical bibliographer

Anastasia Nikolopoulou

Associate Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Cyprus

Thanos Papadimitriou

Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan

Mary Roussou-Sinclair

Special Teaching Staff, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus

Vassilios Sabatakakis

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University

Apostolos Sarris

Research Director, Foundation for Research and Technology, Crete

Artemis Scutari

Director, Sylvia Ioannou Foundation

Thomas A. Sinclair

Associate Professor, Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cyprus

Pavlína Šípová

Assistant Professor, Institute of Greek and Latin Studies, Charles University, Prague

Dimitris Stamatopoulos

Professor, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

Filippos Tsimpoglou

General Director, National Library of Greece

Spyridon Tzounakas

Associate Professor, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus

Pantelis Voutouris

Professor, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus

Richard Wittmann

Deputy Director, Orient-Institut Istanbul

Georgios Xenis

Professor, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus

Eleftheria Zei

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete

Ioannis Zelepos

Researcher, Institute for Byzantine Studies, Byzantine Art History and Modern Greek Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Cornel Zwierlein

Prof. Dr., Assoziierter Fellow, Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien, Universität Erfurt