This informal workshop seeks to continue discussion which began last year about how we should approach the study of the Middle Ages in a global context. Some of the questions which exercised us last year will return, especially the relationship between comparison and connection. However, on this occasion we would like to target our discussion towards more concrete questions: what sort of project would those with global medieval interests be interested in pursuing in Oxford, and how should we do it?
To move us forward, we would like participants to consider how far the comparative work of Victor Lieberman on early modern Eurasia offers potential avenues to medievalists. We recommend that participants read Lieberman’s own introduction to Modern Asian Studies 31 (1997) (pp. 449-461), as well as sections of his own contribution to that journal issue: ‘Transcending East—West Dichotomies: State and Culture Formation in Six Ostensibly Disparate Areas’ (especially pp. 463-72 and pp. 534-46). Participants can access this journal electronically by following the link available on the OCMH website at: http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/medieval/upcoming_events/index.htm
The workshop will take place at 2pm on February 17th in the Rainold’s Room, Corpus Christi College. It will be led by Dr John Watts. All those with interests in the Global Middle Ages are encouraged to attend.
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