Of course, there have been plenty of new knowledge at the conference. Things about Central Asia I never heard about. But more crucially, a mental difference in relation of all that load of nonsense I got used to in Warsaw. Here, people are simply informed. They do know what they talk about.
New ideas, also. Most important, perhaps, to speak about imperial stake-holders instead of imperial subjects.
I've sent Poetic's project to two colleagues for consultation: Peter Webb and Ecaterina Lung from Romania. I'm curious how this project might be seen not only between Islam and Latin Christianity, but also as something that goes on around the Byzantine world or in the Balkans. Hopefully they may suggest me something, just as Stefan Sperl did. I should keep a record of this, just to fill my acknowledgements' page later on. There was no acknowledgements in Poland - that's also another difference and another new mental habit to acquire. But here people adopt those attitudes of cooperation.