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Melammu-Workshop "At the Edges of Empires: Territories and Processes nearby and between Emergin

Rise and fall as well as all developments of empires and great powers have not only effects within the realm but also radiate to territories at the edge-zones and cause various processes, e.g. with regard to diplomatic policies, economy, social structures, legal and religious (ex-)changes etc. Particularly interesting are territories between two empires where one can observe multiple facets of actions, inter- and re-actions. The workshop will explore those processes in territories nearby and between empires and great powers via case-studies in Western and Eastern ancient civilizations and, in the tradition of the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC), will include the fields of Assyriology/Hittitology, Ancient Egypt, Classics as well as Chinese ancient civilizations, as well as a round table on the changes and challenges of comparative studies. Our excursion will lead the participants to one of such fringes nearby the conference location.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 0-31/08-01-02-03/09/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations, Northeast Normal University, Changchun (Jilin Province, China)


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1.) Key-Note-Speaker: Prof. Dr. Josef Wiesehöfer (Univ. Kiel): Bactria between Iran and Turan: A Region at the Edges and in the Centre of Great Powers in Antiquity 2.) Dr. Kee-Hyun Ban (Korea University, Seoul): Armenia between Rome and Persia: The Christianization of the Kingdom of Armenia in a Geopolitical View 3.) Dr. Sebastian Fink (Univ. Helsinki): Changes in Ur III Border Regions – A Homemade Disaster? 4.) Dr. Huipeng Ge (IHAC, NENU, Changchun): The Development of Ancient Egyptian Boundary Stelae 5.) Prof. Dr. Sven Günther (IHAC, NENU, Changchun): Theoretical Remarks / Coin Circulation at the Edges of Empires 6.) Dr. Gina Konstantopoulos (Univ. Helsinki): The Use of the Sea as a Conceptual Border in Mesopotamia 7.) Prof. Dr. Simonetta Ponchia (Univ. Verona): The Eastern Border of Assyria and Babylonia 8.) Prof. Dr. Robert Rollinger (Univ. Innsbruck): Spatial Politics at the Edges of Empire: A Comparison between China and the Ancient Near East in the 1st Millennium BCE 9.) Prof. Dr. Kai Ruffing (Univ. Kassel): Economic Life on the Fringes of the Roman Empire 10.) Dr. Stefanie Schmidt (Univ. Basel): The End of Antiquity? Egypt between Byzantine and Muslim Empires 11.) Dr. Hendrikus van Wijlick (Peking University, Beijing): At the Edges of the Roman Empire: Antony and Parthia 12.) Dr. Xiang Wan (Xi’an Jiaotong University): The Silk Road: Routes between Empires, or between Edges of Empires? 13.) Prof. Dr. David A. Warburton (IHAC, NENU, Changchun): Frontier Studies Revived! 14.) Tong Wu, MA (IHAC, NENU, Changchun): A Passive World: Red Sea Barbarians in Diodorus’ Bibliotheca Historica

30.8. (Thu) 8:00-9:00: Opening Ceremony (Chair: Prof. Zhang, Representative of University, Prof. Günther) Photo 9:00-10:00: Keynote-Lecture by Prof. Wiesehöfer 10:00-10:15: Tea Break 10:15-11:45: Panel I: “Borders and Communication in the Ancient Near East” (3 speakers: Konstantopoulos, Fink, Ponchia) (Chair: Prof. Rollinger) 11:45-12:00: Walk to Lunch 12:00-13:30: Lunch Break 13:30-15:00: Panel II: “Conflicts and Exchange in Entangled Areas” (3 speakers: van Wijlick, Günther, Ban) (Chair: Prof. Wiesehöfer) 15:00-15:15: Tea Break 15:20-17:00: Panel III: “Political and Economic Contacts” (3 speakers: Rollinger, Ruffing, Wan) (Chair: Prof. Günther) 18:00: Conference Dinner

31.8. (Fr) 8:00: Check-out Hotel 8:15-9:30: Panel IV: “Ancient Egypt as Entangled Area” (2 speakers: Ge, Schmidt) (Chair: Prof. Ruffing) 9:30-9:45: Tea Break 9:45-10:45: Panel V: “Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Borders, Civilizations and Empires” (2 speakers: Wu, Warburton) (Chair: Prof. Ponchia) 10:45-11:45: Round Table “Comparative Studies” 11:45-12:30: Lunch Break 12:45: Coach to Ji’an / Excursion

01.09.-02.09.: Excursion to Archaeological Sites in Jilin Province

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