IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1412: Another Middle Ages: What Can Europeanists Learn from Medieval Chinese History? - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Global Chinese Histories, 250-1650, Amsterdam University Press
Organiser:Shannon Cunningham, Amsterdam University Press / Arc Humanities Press / Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Moderator/Chair:Naomi Standen, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA), University of Birmingham
Abstract

Engagement between China historians and Europeanists can enrich the field of medieval studies by bringing Chinese history into discussion of the ‘Middle Ages’. History in the period of the European Middle Ages was not the preserve of western Eurasia, and there are remarkable connections to explore as well as comparisons to be drawn. But because those who study the two ends of the Eurasian continent have largely been located in different departments, there has been little dialogue between two fields that use very different approaches and methods.

Our panellists aim to stimulate dialogue across this gap from the perspective of those engaging with European perceptions of the East and with various comparative/transregional histories, moderated by a China specialist trained in European medieval history.

Participants include Rebecca Darley (University of London), Irene Malfatto (Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Firenze), Andrew Wareham (University of Roehampton), and Björn Weiler (Aberystwyth University).