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From the mid-eleventh century onwards the Mediterranean world was a hotbed of transcultural interactions to an even greater degree than had been the case in the past. The field of pharmacology is particularly significant in this historical context in both social and cultural terms, because it involved practical matters, such as the administration of drugs, thus impacting on the everyday life of a large number of people of all social classes. Yet we lack comparative studies in this field or studies on the interrelationship between the different Mediterranean traditions, including the Byzantine, Islamic and Latin Western traditions, as well as on the role of minority ethno-religious groups, such as the Jews, in the process of knowledge exchange. This conference seeks to promote discussion and research on the evidence for interaction between different cultures and regions in the medieval Mediterranean in an attempt to create a much more detailed and critical narrative.


Full programme plan can be downloaded here.

This conference has been organised by  Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos and Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos.

Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and supported by the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (CLAMS) at King’s.

To register, please email Petros Bouras-Vallianatos by Sunday 2 December along with any dietary requests. 


Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust
Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust

Event details

Council Room (K2.29), King's Building
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS