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International Medieval Congress 2015

Posted by: mchu in conference member presentations chinese history comparative history european history networks 1 year, 11 months ago

Team members Hilde De Weerdt, Chu Mingkin and Julius Morche contributed to the panel “Historical Knowledge Networks in Global Perspective” at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds (6-9 July 2015). The panel was intended to discuss the relationship between a rise in access to political information and technological advancements in the dissemination of knowledge from the Later Middle Ages onwards, with particular respect to the respective roles of producers and recipients of information in emerging and/or consolidating state structures.

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International Medieval Congress 2014

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Team members Hilde De Weerdt, Julius Morche and Chu Ming-kin participated in the “International Medieval Congress” at Leeds University, July 7-10, 2014. Ming-kin organized the panel “Communication in the Mongol Empire” which addressed questions relating to indigenous elites and their Mongol overlords across Eurasia in a comparative perspective. In his paper “Indigenous Elite Networks and Mongol Governance in 13th-century North China”, Ming-kin reconstructed the epistolary network of Han literati in the Jin-Yuan transition and showed how part of the literati network was transformed into an indigenous network of political elites after 1260, which in turn contributed to Mongol governance and administration in north China. Speaking on the same panel, Florence Hodous (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) showed how Persian elites and qadis in the Ilkhanate negotiated their simultaneous allegiance to Islamic law and Mongol rule.

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Conference on Middle Period China, 800-1400

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Team members Hilde De Weerdt and Chu Ming-kin participated in the “Conference on Middle Period China, 800-1400” at Harvard University on June 5-7, 2014. Discussion panels were based on time periods, themes, disciplines and modes of analysis. In her paper “War and Peace in the Civil Examinations”, which was part of a panel on military history, Hilde discussed the production and reception of military geographical knowledge and the application of a particular kind of historical reasoning in official and elite discussions of Song military conflicts with Jurchens, Tanguts, and Mongols. She argued that military and border policies became a central concern of the literate elite during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In his paper “Writing Letters to Qin Gui’s Clique: A Study of Zheng Gangzhong’s Epistolary Network” that was part of a panel on the political and economic power of elites, Ming-kin offered a case study on the relationship between early Southern Song literati and the chief councilor Qin Gui through an analysis of Zheng Gangzhong’s epistolary writings. He showed how Zheng Gangzhong attempted to build a good rapport with the people surrounding the councilor Qin Gui in order to maintain his position in Sichuan, discussing in particular the relationship between Zheng’s epistolary network and Qin’s long tenure as chief councilor.

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Connecting the Silk Road: Trade, People & Social Networks (400-1300 AD)

Posted by: mchu in conference member presentations chinese history comparative history eurasian history networks 3 years ago

Team members Hilde De Weerdt and Julius Morche served as session chairs at the conference “Connecting the Silk Road: Trade, People & Social Networks (400-1300 AD)”, which was held at Leiden University and Hermitage Amsterdam on May 17 and 18. The presented papers covered a  wide range of periods, regions, objects and disciplinary specializations and highlighted the complexity and dynamics of interactions of social groups, objects and architectural structures through and between the networks created along the Silk Road. Linking China and Europe through different land routes across Eurasia, the Silk Road offers  an opportunity to historians with a regional focus to frame their research questions in a global perspective. 

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“Networks and Interactions” graduate conference

Posted by: mchu in conference member presentations chinese history comparative history european history networks 3 years, 1 month ago

Team members Hilde De Weerdt, Julius Morche and Ming-kin Chu participated in the “Networks and Interactions” graduate conference at Leiden University (May 9-11, 2014). Hilde served as a discussant for the panel “Social and Economic Networks in Texts”, in which both Julius and Ming-kin as well as Silke Vanbeselaere (KU Leuven) presented papers. In his paper An Economic Model of Political Communication: Informational Networks in Venetian Long-Distance Trade, 1350-1500, Julius showed how economic network theory can be used to evaluate both the commercial links between Venetian patricians and the transmissions of political information enabled through these interconnections, and argued that the extent to which commercial and communication networks were mutually embedded necessitated a new model to capture the dynamics of the transmission of political information in early modern long-distance trade. Ming-kin offered a case study of the relationship between early Southern Song literati and the chief councilor Qin Gui through an analysis of Zheng Gangzhong’s epistolary writings in his presentation “Epistolary network in Middle Period China: the Case of Zheng Gangzhong 鄭剛中 (1088-1154)”. He showed how Zheng Gangzhong attempted to build a good rapport with the people surrounding the councilor Qin Gui in order to maintain the former’s position in Sichuan, discussing in particular the relationship between Zheng’s epistolary network and Qin’s long tenure as chief councilor. In her discussion, Hilde highlighted the panel contribution’s distinct conceptual use of “networks”, namely as a particular kind of interpersonal relationship, a philological tool, and a theory of relationships, flows and interactions.

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