POLITICAL COMMUNICATION IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD, 800-1600
Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut, Rome
27-29 May 2015
Jointly organized by the ERC-research group “Communication and Empire : Chinese Empires in Comparative Perspective” (Leiden University) and the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome.
This workshop brings together scholars with an interest in comparative political culture in order to discuss questions and methods in the study of political communication in European and Chinese history between the ninth and the sixteenth centuries. Particular attention will be given to the formation and dynamics of polities as well as to shifts in social and political power structures.
The meeting aims to stimulate discussion on the historical interpretation of Chinese and European sources of political communication, including letters, notebooks, newsletters, treatises and archival compilations ; the institutional parameters of elite communication and their political relevance ; and the structures of elite networks that contributed to the strengthening or fragmentation of polities and political identities. The comparative perspective is intended to interrogate the focuses of Chinese and European historiographies of political culture and to allow for a global perspective on long-term developments in state formation and communication.
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