We cordially invite you to the fifth Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” held at Heidelberg University, Germany, from October 9th – 11th, 2013.
This year’s topic is “Managing Empires. Cooperation, Competition, Conflict”. The thematic focus is the study of the nexus between logistics and power with a special focus on the role of human agency both within and without the orbit of imperial administrative systems. Setting a very wide temporal and spatial frame and including societies from ancient to modern times and from East to West, the conference will revolve around several manifestations of administrative organisation exploring their significance for establishing and maintaining empires.
The conference features two keynote lectures by the Historian Prof. Michael Broers (Oxford), who will speak about colonialism in Europe during the First Napoleonic period, and the Japanologist Prof. Carol Gluck (Columbia) who will examine modernity in the context of Japan. Four morning panels will discuss “Imagining Administration“, “Chinese Whispers: A shared Eurasian Imaginaire of professional Bureaucracy?“, “Global Elites. Rootless Cosmopolitanism or Provincial Jet-Setters?“ to “Modern Empires“. Six parallel afternoon panels will be designed to present the results of the wide-ranging research carried out by scholars in the cross-regional and transdisciplinary setting of the Cluster.
For further information on the conference, please visit our website at http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/annualconference.
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