Connected Worlds: new approaches across pre-modern studies


 Please join us for “Connected Worlds: new approaches across pre-modern studies,” a multidisciplinary conference at the University of California, Berkeley, January 24-26, 2013, which brings together scholars interested in the study of interconnectedness during the pre-modern period. Our panels cross traditional disciplinary boundaries based on geography or periodization, dealing with themes like trade and travel, cross-cultural exchange, empire-building, and the making of ethnographic and geographic 'knowledge.'
Featuring a keynote by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Yale, History of Art), “Connected Worlds” also includes guest lectures by Kevin van Bladel (USC, Classics and Middle East Studies), Asa Mittman (CSU Chico, History of Art), and Grant Parker (Stanford, Classics), and six panels of junior scholars representing a broad range of areas and fields of pre-modern studies.  The conference will conclude with our four featured guests in a round-table discussion on the conference theme, chaired by Erich Gruen (UCB, History and Classics).  
The keynote lecture will be Thursday Jan. 24th, 4:30—5:45 pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall.
All other events will occur on Friday Jan. 25th and Saturday Jan. 26th, in 3335 Dwinelle Hall.
Please see the conference website for additional details.
“Connected Worlds” is free and open to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the Walter and Elise Haas Chair in Asia Studies and the Haas Junior Scholars Program at the Institute of East Asian Studies, with additional support provided by the Classics Department, the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, the History Department, the History of Art Department, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies, the English Department, the Program in Medieval Studies, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 4:30pm
3335 and 370 Dwinelle Hall