Pirates and Slaves in the Mediterranean
An exhibition by Schloss Ambras Innsbruck and the University of Innsbruck
The exhibition invites you to embark on an adventurous journey across the Mediterranean, conducted by Barbary corsairs and privateers: It tells the story of famous pirates during the early modern period, but also of the military fight between the Habsburgs and the Ottoman Empire, the goal of which was control of the western Mediterranean and the North African coast. A legendary event in this conflict was the siege of Tunis in 1535 under Emperor Charles V. Over the course of several centuries, countless women and men became victims of abduction, enslavement, and ransom demands. Such events impacted their own and their families’ further lives decisively.
Pirates and Slaves in the Mediterranean is the first exhibition that highlights the early modern cultural contact and conflict in this region. The exhibition features significant showpieces, paintings and engravings, weapons, armor, rare documents, important slave narratives, ranging from the 16th to the early 19th century. Furthermore, the historical cultural exchange between Occident and Orient is also reflected by referencing present developments in this cultural contact zone. Also point out is the transformation of the term »pirate« as well as the perception of pirates as »heroes« by different media, such as literature, film, and the visual arts.
Pirates and Slaves in the Mediterranean is a special exhibition of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck in cooperation with the Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of its foundation on October 15th, 1669.
For the first time, the concept behind the Schloss Ambras Innsbruck exhibition relies on a participatory process in cooperation with the University of Innsbruck and Tyrolean educational institutions (Institut für LehrerInnenbildung und Schulforschung, Institut für Organisation und Lernen (Wirtschaftspädagogik), Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck, Bundeshandelsakademie und -schule Innsbruck, HTL Bau und Design) within the framework of Sparkling Science.
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