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Interdisciplinary Conference “Economies of the Edge: Frontier Zone Processes at Regional, Imperial, and Global Scales”

Avatar of Philipp Weiss Philipp Weiss - 24. Juli 2019 - Aktuelles

The ERC-funded Research Group „Beyond the Silk Road:  Economic Development, Frontier Zones and Inter-Imperiality in the Afro-Eurasian World Region, 300 BCE to 300 CE” announces its interdisciplinary conference “Economies of the Edge: Frontier Zone Processes at Regional, Imperial, and Global Scales”, taking place

September 19th – 21st , 2019 at the University of Freiburg/Germany

The conference aims to explore economic processes in ancient imperial frontier zones as part of a larger project of rethinking “Silk-Road” exchange. By taking an expansive view of economic activity, we hope to better understand how the development of frontier zones allowed for the articulation of global-scale networks and how those networks, in turn, shaped the development of inter-imperial regions. We also hope to identify appropriate parameters for integrating evidence from various scales, regions, and scholarly approaches, which will allow us to move from regional analyses to large-scale models of global exchange in the Afro-Eurasian world region.

Invited Speakers:

Mark Altaweel (University College London)
Anthony Barbieri-Low (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Andrew Bauer (Stanford University)
Shailendra Bhandare (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)
Ranabir Chakravarti (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Joe Cribb (British Museum)
Federico de Romanis  (“Tor Vergata” University of Rome)
Stefan Hauser (Universität Konstanz)
Maxim Korolkov (University of Heidelberg)
Paul Kosmin (Harvard University)
Marek Jan Olbrycht (University of Rzeszów)
Luca Maria Olivieri  (ISMEO Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan)
Rocco Palermo (University of Groningen)
K. Rajan (Pondicherry University)
Eivind Heldaas Seland  (University of Berge)n
Armin Selbitschka (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich)
Steven Sidebotham (University of Delaware)
Sören Stark (New York University, ISAW)
Roberta Tomber (British Museum)
Miguel John Versluys (Leiden University)

The conference starts on Thursday, September 19, at 1 pm at the ‘Haus zur Lieben Hand’, in the centre of Freiburg and finishes on Saturday at around 4 pm.

Attendance is free.

For further details please write to:

Information on the BaSaR project can be found at:

We will post a full program of the event in August.

Sitta von Reden
Eli J.S. Weaverdyck
Lara Fabian
Lauren Morris
Mamta Dwivedi
Kathrin Leese-Messing

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