Project Profile:

Serai: Premodern Encounters

Archived Project


Description: As an explicitly trans-disciplinary space, Serai offers researchers, teachers, and students at all stages of their careers a digital meeting place where they can share resources, exchange ideas, and collaborate on projects. We hope to inspire others to join us in thinking through our diverse research materials about the multiple intersections between the past and the future of cultural encounters, knowledge production, and boundary crossing, and the urgency of exploring connectivities and confluences across seemingly disparate spaces.


  • E. Natalie Rothman, Associate Professor, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Julia Schleck, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Karen Nelson, Director for Research Initiatives, Center for Literary & Comparative Studies, University of Maryland
  • Mehmet Kuru, Instructor, Department of History, Sabancı University
  • Alexandra Guerson De Oliveira, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Nicholas Field, PhD Candidate, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
  • Stephanie Cavanaugh, Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Ted Adamo
  • Geoff Piersol
  • Sarah Loose

Funders: Digital Scholarship Unit at the University of Toronto Scarborough

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