Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia

Comparative Studies in Imperial History (Part II): Empires and Religions

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Comparative Studies in Imperial History (Part II)
Empires and Religions

(Freie Universität Berlin, March 1-3, 2018)

Otto-von-Simson-Straße 7
14195 Berlin

(to download: technical information, poster)



March 1, 2018

13:30-14:00: Opening session (Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, Freie Universität Berlin and Jörg Rüpke, Erfurt University)

14:00-15:00: Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum (Freie Universität Berlin), “Imperial Claims and the Role of Henotheism in Ancient Mesopotamian Societies”

15:00-16:00: Alberto Cantera (Freie Universität Berlin), “Avestan Texts, Solar Calendar and Eternal Fire: A Religious ‘Reformation’ in Achaemenid Iran?”

16:00-16:30: Coffee break

16:30-17:30: Patrick Olivelle (The University of Texas at Austin), “Imperial Ideology and Religious Pluralism in Aśoka”

17:30-18:30: Yuri Pines (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Secular Theocracy? State and Religion in Early China Revisited”



March 2, 2018

9:00-10:00: Corinne Bonnet (Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès - Toulouse II), “On Imperial Intermediaries: New Elites and the Promotion of the Royal Cult in the Ptolemaic Empire”

10:00-11:00: Jörg Rüpke (Erfurt University), “Religion In, For, And Against the Roman Empire”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:30: Matthew Canepa (University of Minnesota), “The Art and Ritual of Imperial Temporality in Persia and the Ancient Iranian World”

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:30-15:30: Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), “A Christian Roman Empire? Byzantium Between Im-perial Monotheism and Religious Multiplicity”

15:30-16:30: Chase F. Robinson (City University of New York), “Religion, Community and Loyalty on the 20th of March, 865 CE”

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-18:00: James A. Benn (McMaster University), “‘Action Buddhism’ in the Medieval Chinese Empire”

18:00-19:00: Len Scales (Durham University), “Eschatology and the Medieval Western Empire”



March 3, 2018

9:00-10:00: Michal Biran (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Religions and Empires in the Mongol Context: Conquerors, Conquered, Conversions”

10:00-11:00: André Wink (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Religion and Politics in the Mughal Empire of India”

11-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-1230: Baki Tezcan (UC Davis), “A Populist Reformation: The Early Modern Transformation of Islam in the Ottoman Empire”

1245-1330: Final discussion


[For the information on the first part of the Comparative Studies in Imperial History project, which was held under the title in June-July 2015 under the title All under Heaven? The Empire’s Spatial Dimensions, see this link]