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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

The Historical Legacy of Asianization

The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, in partnership with the Al-Sabah Programme present:

The Historical Legacy of Asianization

Weardale Room, Dales Suite, Collingwood College, Durham University - 12/13th February 2013

Please note that registration for this event is required, as places are limited. To secure a place, please contact Mhabeni Bona by 8th February , 2013: mhabeni.bona@durham.ac.uk

Recent scholarship has posited that a convergence of the Eastern and Western edges of the Asian continent is taking place, citing as evidence the growing links connecting the Middle East with South, South-East, and East Asia. This process of the ‘Asianization’ of the Middle East is developing across several fronts – including economic, diplomatic and strategic.

This two day interdisciplinary workshop will contextualize the ongoing Asianization of the Middle East against the backdrop of centuries of maritime and overland contact between East and West Asia. Distinguished speakers from across the world of academia will join their colleagues from Durham University in discussing the many dimensions of historical contact across the Asian landmass, reflecting on the influence that these have had on present-day linkages.

The first panel, ‘Context’, will provide a general overview of two major historical pathways for inter-civilizational exchange within Asia: the Silk Road and the trade routes of the Indian Ocean. Next, panels ‘Content I’ and ‘Content II’ will take a more detailed look at the transfer of goods, people and ideas facilitated by these pathways. Finally, the concluding panel will address the question of legacy, asking how history shapes our understanding of contemporary Asianization.

Day 1 (12th February)

09.30 - 09.50 Registration, Coffee/Tea

09.50 - 10.00 Welcome

09.50 - 12.00 Context (Chair: Anoush Ehteshami)

Daniel Waugh (University of Washington) - 'The legacy of the Silk Road'

Derek Kennet (Durham University) - 'Archaeological evidence of trade across the Indian Ocean'

12.00 - 14.00 Lunch and Tour of Durham University's Oriental Museum

14.00 - 16.00 Content I (Chair: Christopher Davidson)

Francois Louis (Bard Graduate Center) - 'What does the Belitung Shipwreck tell us about Asianization?'

Erica Hunter (SOAS) - 'The Syriac Christian link between China and the Middle East'

Day 2 (13th February)

09.00-09.30 Coffee/Tea

09.30 - 12.00 Content II (Chair: Jonathon Rigg)

Sara Bazoobandi (Regent's College) - 'Imperial relations between Persia and the Far East'

Ahmed Abushouk (Qatar University) - 'Hadhrami diaspora in Southeast Asia'

Sue Gronewald (Kean University) - 'The Ming Voyages and West Asia'

12.00 - 14.00 Lunch and Networking

14.00 - 16.00 Roundtable: What is the legacy of Asianization? (Chair: Jim Piscatori, Head of Department, SGIA)

Daniel Waugh

Anoush Ehteshami