A Han Dynasty bronze mirror from the Royal Ontario Museum collections.

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LMU Munich virtual conference "Cosmopolitan Pasts of China and the Eurasian World"

Virtual international conference
“Cosmopolitan Pasts of China and the Eurasian World”
2021 June 11, 12, 18, 19, from 1500 CET (2100 China, 0900 EST, 0600 PST)

Free and open to all. Registration required. Go to: https://www.cosmopolitanpasts.sinologie.lmu.de.
For questions, please contact Dr. Annie Chan at cosmos@ostasien.fak12.uni-muenchen.de.


Cosmopolitanism may prove to be the creed of our times. Globalized infrastructure and digital technologies have rendered alien political and cultural spheres unprecedentedly more accessible, hospitable, and intelligible, but also made visible new structures of segregation and “othering”. The paradoxical challenges of cosmopolitanism in tolerance and communication are, however, hardly a modern geopolitical tale, nor characteristically European for that matter. Statesmen in pre-imperial China had reached for the notion of “tianxia” (all under Heaven) somewhere between a concentric “fu” zoning by degree of civility, an all-encompassing appreciation of “xing” (human nature), and a mix of bridling and conciliatory diplomatic strategies. It was the expansive realization of this cosmic order that then made Tang Dynasty the (arguably) quintessentially cosmopolitan -and great Chinese- epoch. Fast forward to early Republic China, cosmopolitan ideals of Western education gave voice to the modernization of Chinese poetry and provided inspiration for literary exoticism and patriotism.

Densities of people per hectare in the Greater Angkor Region over time.

NEW ARTICLE: Diachronic modeling of the population within the medieval Greater Angkor Region settlement complex

Diachronic modeling of the population within the medieval Greater Angkor Region settlement complex

Authors: Sarah Klassen, Alison K. Carter, Damian H. Evans , Scott Ortman, Miriam T. Stark, Alyssa A. Loyless, Martin Polkinghorne, Piphal Heng, Michael Hill, Pelle Wijker, Jonathan Niles-Weed, Gary P. Marriner, Christophe Pottier , Roland J. Fletcher

Abstract: Angkor is one of the world’s largest premodern settlement complexes (9th to 15th centuries CE), but to date, no comprehensive demographic study has been completed, and key aspects of its population and demographic history remain unknown. Here, we combine lidar, archaeological excavation data, radiocarbon dates, and machine learning algorithms to create maps that model the development of the city and its population growth through time. We conclude that the Greater Angkor Region was home to approximately 700,000 to 900,000 inhabitants at its apogee in the 13th century CE. This granular, diachronic, paleodemographic model of the Angkor complex can be applied to any ancient civilization.



Charred seeds from the Wanggedang site during the Longshan period (1. Foxtail millet; 2. Broomcorn millet; 3. Rice; 4. Soybean)

On the advancement of agriculture during the Pre-Qin period in the Central Plain of China from archaeobotanical findings

On the advancement of agriculture during the Pre-Qin period in the Central Plain of China from archaeobotanical findings

BY Hua Zhong, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

The Central Plain in China has been a core area of research, including on the origin of Chinese civilization, the process of social complexity, the formation of early states, etc. Throughout the Pre-Qin period, there were at least three profound changes in agriculture in this region. These developments demonstrate local advancements as well as deeply influencing trends of cultural development.

FULLY FUNDED PHD PROGRAMME: Collecting China in Scotland

About the Project The presence of Chinese material culture in Scotland has grown significantly over the last 200 years, much of it during Britain’s imperial expansion. However, Scottish collecting of Chinese material culture has never been studied through the lenses of critical collecting practices or decolonisation. The proposed PhD project will address this gap by researching Scottish collecting of Chinese objects in the early 20th century, currently held at NMS and selected Scottish museums.


ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE MEDIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY The field of archaeology has long entertained media coverage in print, on television and in film. With the rapid expansion of the internet, mobile technologies and video gaming, archaeology has become further immersed in digital media. Whether the use of these platforms are for public engagement, scholarly communication or pure entertainment, the field of archaeology is irretrievably part of the media landscape.

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