Symposium: Thalassography and Historiography


Monday, October 19, 2009 – Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Monday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Lecture Hall, 38 West 86th Street


FREE Complimentary

RSVP required to 212.501.3019, academic-events@bgc.bard.edu


This two-day symposium will bring together scholars of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Mediterranean, China, and Black Seas, to address the following question: "Has - or does - a thalassographic frame open up methodological and historiographical questions or horizons that have been - or will be - important for new ways of studying the human past?"


Monday October 19, 2009:

6:00 pm – Welcome: Peter N. Miller
Bard Graduate Center

6:15 pm  –  Nicholas Purcell
Faculty of Classics, Oxford University
Beach, Tide and Backwash: the Place of Maritime Histories.

Tuesday October 20, 2009:

9:00 am – Welcome and Coffee
Lobby, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY

9:30 am – Willem Klooster
Department of History, Clark University
Towards an Integrated Approach: the Atlanticist Focus on Comparison, Entanglement, and Hybridity

11:00 am – Nicola Di Cosmo
School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
Connecting Maritime and Continental History: the Black Sea Region Between Mediterranean and Steppes During the Mongol Empire

12:00 pm – James Francis Warren
Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Murdoch University
The Metaphorical Perspective of the Sea and the Sulu Zone, 1768-1898

2:00 pm – Roxani Eleni Margariti
Department of Middle Eastern and Southern Asian Studies, Emory  University
An Archipelago of Cities? Port Cities, Insularity, and the Historiography of the ‘Medieval’ Western Indian Ocean

3:00 pm – Angela Schottenhammer
Department of Asian Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
The East Asian ‘Mediterranean’ - A Medium of Flourishing Exchange Relations and Interaction in the East Asian World

4:30 pm – Peter N. Miller
Dean and Chair for Academic Programs, Bard Graduate Center
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Peiresc

5:30 pm – Observations and Remarks:
Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Gerhard Wolf
Director, Max-Planck-Institut, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence

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