International Workshop:

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON COMPARATIVE MEDIEVAL HISTORY: CHINA AND EUROPE, 800-1600

  

Pembroke College, Oxford

30 September – 1 October 2013

 

Primary convenors:

Hilde De Weerdt (hilde.de_weerdt@kcl.ac.uk)

Franz-Julius Morche (julius.morche@kcl.ac.uk)

 

Monday, 30 September

09.00

Word of welcome: Hilde De Weerdt (King’s College London)

Session 1: Collaboration in Comparative History. Chair: Georg Christ

09.15

Peter Bang (University of Copenhagen): ’Holding a Woolf by the ears’ – interdisciplinary discourse and comparative world history

09.45

Walter Scheidel (Stanford University): Herding cats: the challenge of collaborative comparative history

10.15

Discussion

10.45

Coffee

11.00

Catherine Holmes (Oxford University): Juggling with three balls: comparing the Medieval West, China and Byzantium

11.30

Glen Dudbridge (Oxford University): Another discipline, another place: approaches to collaborative work on the study of the global past

12.00

Discussion

13.00

End of session

 

13.15

Lunch

 

Session 2: Divergence. Chair: Peter Bang

14.45

Michael Puett (Harvard University): Divergence as a category of comparative history: the case of China in Eurasian history

15.15

R. I. Moore (Newcastle University): The First great divergence?

15.45

Discussion

16.00

Coffee

16.15

Jared Rubin (Chapman University): Legitimacy and economic outcomes in the Middle East and Europe

16.45

Debin Ma (London School of Economics and Political Science): Political regimes and great divergence: the case of China

17.15

Discussion

17.45

End of session

 

19.00

Conference dinner

 

Tuesday, 1 October

Session 3: Networks. Chair: Franz-Julius Morche

09.15

Peter Heather (King’s College London): The making of Europe: Western Eurasia in the first millennium AD

09.45

Janet Nelson (King’s College London): Social networks in the age of Charlemagne: friendship or dependence?

10.15

Discussion

10.45

Coffee

11.00

Georg Christ (University of Manchester): Comparative advantage? Venetian consular networks and information flows between India, the Mamluk Empire and Latin Europe (c. 1300-1500)

11.30

R. Bin Wong (University of California Los Angeles): Transmissions of belief and power: contrasting relations between religion and political authority in China and Europe, c. 1000-1800

12.00

Discussion

12.30

End of session

 

12.30

Lunch

 

13.45

Final roundtable discussion. Chair: Hilde De Weerdt

15.45

End of workshop

 

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