Leiden University
27- 31 August 2018
Museum Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden

The 5-day international conference Asia Beyond Boundaries: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Primary Sources from the Premodern World will unite a wide range of scholars—working in the fields of history, archaeology, religion, anthropology, art history, classics, and philology—in an effort to explore new perspectives and methods in the study of primary sources from the premodern world. This conference represents the culmination of the European Research Council (ERC) Synergy project Asia Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State, a research consortium of the British Museum, the British Library and the School of Oriental and African Studies, in partnership with Leiden University.

The first two days of the conference (August 27th and 28th) will be focused on project specific research presented in four thematically organized panels:

  1. Text and Beyond
  2. Material and Beyond
  3. Language and Beyond
  4. Religion and Beyond

Wednesday, August 29th, there will be a chance to visit exhibits of special collections in Leiden University and the Museum Volkenkunde.

The final two days of the conference (August 30th and 31st) will have panels with a broader  thematic focus, aiming to create a trans-disciplinary dialogue that explores key questions related to the following themes:

  1. Narrative Form and Literary Ideology
  2. Imperial Landscapes and Regional Identity
  3. Religion, Politics and Wonder-working
  4. Environmental History and Material Matters

More information on the panels is available on the website.

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