In 2018-2019 the Classics and Ancient History department will host the Classical Connections Seminar Series, dedicated to explore connections between Greek and Latin antiquity and different geographical and temporal contexts, both ancient and modern. The series especially welcomes lectures that help rethink the role of Greek and Latin Classics in our culture, education and academic practices by comparison and interaction with other disciplines. Thanks to the generous funding of the IATL, the HRC and the IAS, a number of lectures in 2018-2019 will be dedicated to the role of Africa in the making of the Western Classics, especially to the reception of Greek and Latin literature in authors of African descent and to the complicity of classical scholarship in the production and reproduction of colonial and postcolonial configurations of race.
For a listing of the events, see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/news/events/
The NEH will be funding the establishment of 'World History Commons', an Open Educational Resource (OER) that will provide high quality, peer-reviewed resources for teaching and research in world and global history. World History Commons will introduce new humanities scholarship and pedagogy while preserving and enhancing widely-used resources from World History Matters and the Global History Reader, a collaboration between scholars at Monash University and from our own GHCC.
Lynn Hunt, one of the leading thinkers in the disipline of history, has recently published a small book about the importance of studying history 'in a time when politicians lie brazenly about historical facts'. It is gratifying to see that she noted the Warwick Department of History's interest in global concerns: ‘at the University of Warwick, almost two-thirds of the academic staff indicated some interest in global questions…’. Lynn Hunt, History: Why it Matters (Oxford: Polity Press, 2018), p. 81.
This anthology explores the role that art and material goods played in diplomatic relations and political exchanges between Asia, Africa, and Europe in the early modern world. The authors challenge the idea that there was a European primacy in the practice of gift giving through a wide panoramic review of imperial encounters between Europeans (including the Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English) and Asian empires (including Ottoman, Persian, Mughal, Sri Lankan, Chinese, and Japanese cases). They examine how those exchanges influenced the global production and circulation of art and material culture, and explore the types of gifts exchanged, the chosen materials, and the manner of their presentation. Global Gifts establishes new parameters for the study of the material and aesthetic culture of Eurasian relations before 1800, exploring the meaning of artistic objects in global diplomacy and the existence of economic and aesthetic values mutually intelligible across cultural boundaries.
Jorge Flores - European University Institute, Florence
Beverly Lemire - University of Alberta
Dana Leibsohn - Smith College, Massachusetts
Visiting PhD Student from Fudan
We are delighted to welcome Sooyoung An, who is visiting us from Fudan (Shanghai). She will be with us for the next 8 weeks. Here is a brief description, provided by Sooyoung herself:
I am currently a PhD student at Fudan University, Shanghai, supervised by Shaoxin Dong. I came to Warwick to spend a visiting period, and Anne Gerritsen is my adviser while my stay here. My research concerns cultural, intellectual and commercial aspects of the circulation of herbal medicine within, and between, East Asia and Europe. My PhD thesis, by taking a comparative perspective as well as attending to the transmission of knowledge, focuses specifically on the history of Ginseng – in a “connect” world of the long 18th century. It intends to illuminate how the regional and global transmission of knowledge, transfer of material and commerce of the item contributed to shape the trajectories of knowledge in each region: developing a distinctive system of “Bencao” knowledge in East Asia while, in Europe and America, drug knowledge evolved mostly in such formats of expansive intellectual pursuits as natural history, materia medica or Sinology.
Ginseng; Bencao knowledge; Materia Medica; herbal medicine; history of natural history in 18th century Europe; therapeutic commodities; East Asia regional network; early modern history; Chinese consumption culture