IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 840: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Changes in Worldviews during the Pax Mongolica

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Jong Kuk Nam, Department of History, Ewha Womans University, Seoul
Moderator/Chair:Janggoo Kim, Institute of Eurasian Silk Roads Studies, Dongguk University, South Korea
Paper 840-aTartar Slaves in Late 14th-Century Florence
(Language: English)
Jong Kuk Nam, Department of History, Ewha Womans University, Seoul
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 840-bOthers in the East in Apocalyptic Discourses of the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Baik-yong Song, Department of History Education, Hannam University, South Korea
Index terms: Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 840-cThe Marvelous Things (mirabilia) in the East Described in Jordanus Catala's Travel Account
(Language: English)
Yong-jin Park, Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
Index terms: Anthropology, Mentalities
Paper 840-dMarco Polo in the Catalan Atlas, 1375
(Language: English)
Hyunhee Park, Department of History, John Jay College, City University of New York
Index terms: Art History - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Maritime and Naval Studies

This session aims to investigate cross-cultural contacts and changes in worldviews during the Pax Mongolica spanning from the mid-13th to the mid-14th century. The foundation of the Mongol Empire permitted European missionaries and merchants to make their way from Europe to China or vice-versa. Travelling through Asia and undertaking business and religious mission, they could encounter ‘others’, Asian peoples almost unknown to them. We will present research addressing the diverse aspects of cross-cultural contacts during the Mongol period: commerce between Europe and Asia, displacement of human beings and merchandises, attitudes towards otherness, European imagination, perception of Asia in travel accounts, and new knowledge of Asia incorporated to world maps. This forum will provide an opportunity to redress misunderstandings and prejudices about the Mongol period and to make a reappraisal of that period.