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Special Section: Senses, emotions and artifacts: relational approaches (coord. Olga Sabido)

Bodies, Objects, Sensorialities: the Record of Christian Captivity in the Hands of Muslims in the Western Mediterranean (15th to 17th centuries)

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Gerardo Fabián Rodriguez

Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, AR
About Gerardo

Profesor, licenciado, magíster y doctor en Historia (UNMdP). Investigador independiente del CONICET y académico correspondiente por la Provincia de Buenos Aires por la Academia Nacional de la Historia. Actualmente es docente de Historia Universal General Medieval del Departamento de Historia e investigador especializado en cuestiones medievales en el Grupo de Investigación y Estudios Medievales del Centro de Estudios Históricos, ambos de la Facultad de Humanidades de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. Sus publicaciones y participaciones en reuniones académicas se centran en la Historia de los sentidos, la Historia social y cultural y las Humanidades Digitales aplicadas al estudio de la Alta Edad Media (especialmente referidas al mundo carolingio), la Baja Edad Media Hispánica (en concreto a las cuestiones referentes a las fronteras y la religiosidad) y las vinculaciones entre Historia y videojuegos.

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Abstract

Between 1450 and 1620, the African and European coasts of the Mediterranean Sea showed a world in constant movement, in which Christian and Muslim inheritances crossed and strained, creating a complex network of cultural, economic, social and political relations.

The sources of the time bear witness to this frontier world, underlining the value of the captive as an emblematic character, since his figure transforms the life experience into a social and community testimony.  Hence, it is possible to approach these stories on the basis of the relationship between "testimonial-trauma story", within an ideological context and religious beliefs characterized by the so-called "effectiveness of discourse", which I analyze from the "sensory turn" that historical research has taken  in recent years, which allowed the recognition of new phenomena and objects of study, including the senses and, in my particular case, in the definition and identification of sensory marks, which embody the suffering of Christian captives in the hands of Muslims: sound, visual, olfactory, gustatory, tactile and affective marks allow me to reconstruct,  from an intersensory approach, the analyzed sources, both unpublished (Los Milagros de Guadalupe, preserved in the Archive of the Royal Monastery of Guadalupe ) and published (Tratado de la redención de cautivos and Peregrinación de Anastasio, written by Jerónimo Gracián Dantisco), hat configure the sensory model of an era.

Video-summary of the article: https://youtu.be/gJiVHODjeo8 

How to Cite: Rodriguez, G.F., 2020. Bodies, Objects, Sensorialities: the Record of Christian Captivity in the Hands of Muslims in the Western Mediterranean (15th to 17th centuries). Digithum, (25), pp.1–10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i25.3218
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Published on 14 Jul 2020.
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