International Conference:

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD, 800-1600

Jointly organized by the ERC-research group “Communication and Empire: Chinese Empires in Comparative Perspective” (Leiden University) and the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome (KNIR).

27-29 May 2015, Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut, Rome

Contact: Julius Morche (f.j.morche@hum.leidenuniv.nl)

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WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY

13.30

Registration

 

 

14.00

Word of welcome

 

Arthur WESTSTEIJN (KNIR)/ Hilde DE WEERDT (Leiden University)

 

 

 

Session 1: The Challenge of Comparative Political History (Chair/Discussant: Robert HYMES, Columbia University)

 

14.15

Jeroen DUINDAM (Leiden University): “Connected, Entangled, or Comparative? The Global History of Dynasty as an Example”

14.35

John WATTS (University of Oxford) and Hilde DE WEERDT: “Towards a Comparative Political History: Mediation and Communication, c. 1000-1500”

14.55

Discussion

 

 

15.40

Coffee

 

 

16.00

Keynote lecture (Chair: Hilde DE WEERDT)

 

Jean-Philippe GENET (University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne): “Language and Political Communication in France and England (XIIth-XVth Centuries): A Comparison”

 

 

17.30

Welcoming reception


THURSDAY, 28 MAY

Session 2: Networks from Letters – Towards a New Historiography of Elite Communication (Chair/Discussant: Robert HYMES)

09.00

Bernard GOWERS (Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford): “Masculinities and Political Communication, c.800-1200”

09.20

CHU Mingkin (Leiden University) and Julius MORCHE (Leiden University): “Political Elites and Intellectual History: Europe and China”

09.40

Discussion

 

 

10.25

Coffee

 

 

10.40

Beverly BOSSLER (University of California, Davis): “Yao Mian’s letters: the Epistolary Networks of a Late Song Literatus”

11.00

Benoît GRÉVIN (CNRS, Paris): “Epistolographic Communication and Political Rhetoric: The Dynamics of Ars dictaminis in Comparative Perspective (XIth-XVth)”

11.20

Julian HASELDINE (University of Hull): “Friendship and Social Networks in the Medieval West: The Evidence of Letter Collections”

11.40-12.40

Discussion

 

13.00

 

Lunch


Session 3: Political Elites and Imperial Governance (Chair/Discussant: Wim Blockmans, Leiden University)

14.00

Margaret MESERVE (University of Notre Dame): "Publicatio in valvis: The Politics of Promulgation in Papal Rome, 1420-1520"

14.20

Patricia EBREY (University of Washington): “Informing the Public by Posting Notices in Song China”  

14.40

Ari Daniel LEVINE (University of Georgia): “Imaginaries of Empire: Constituting Political Communities in Southern Song Memorabilia Literature”

15.00

Discussion

 

 

16.00

Coffee

 

 

16.15

LEE Sukhee (Rutgers University): “Getting Things Done: Fighting Famine and Political Communication within the Local Bureaucracy in Thirteenth Century China"

16.35

Christian LAMOUROUX (EHESS Paris): “Centralization or Decentralization: The Accounting Policy of Zonglingsuo 總領所 during Southern Song”

16.55-17.40

Discussion

 

19.30

 

Conference dinner

 

FRIDAY, 29 MAY

Session 4: Political Communication and Empire (Chair/Discussant: Jean-Philippe Genet)

09.00

CHEN Song (Bucknell University): "'Slanderous Report': Political Communication and Political Culture in Southern Song"

09.20

Mark WHITTOW (University of Oxford): “Communication and Empire: Byzantium in Perspective”

09.40

Discussion

 

 

10.25

Coffee

 

 

10.40-12.45

Final roundtable:

1. Briefing on publication

2. Panel and open floor discussion

 

13.00

Lunch

 

 

14.00

End of conference

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