How China uses shipwrecks to weave a history of seaborne trade that backs up its construction of a new maritime Silk Road

via South China Morning Post, 29 November 2017: The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage is currently underway in Hong Kong, with many participants from Southeast Asia. This report from the SCMP focuses on China’s emerging role as a leader in maritime archaeology and its potential implications for its power.

This week, more than 100 of the region’s leading marine archaeologists from 23 nations convened at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum for the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. At the opening reception on Monday night, the meteoric rise of China as a force in maritime archaeology was one of the popular topics of discussion.

Source: How China uses shipwrecks to weave a history of seaborne trade that backs up its construction of a new maritime Silk Road

Follow the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage #apconf2017

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage is currently underway in Hong Kong until the end of the week. If you are on Twitter you can follow the proceedings with the hashtah #apconf2017 (or see the feed below)

Call for Papers: Conference on ‘Islam in the China Seas’

Organized by the Centre for the Study of Islamic Culture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

March 26-27, 2018 (Mon & Tues)
Hong Kong

A vital passage between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the South China Sea, has historically been an arena of competition, as nations and empires have vied for hegemonic control over it for centuries. Tensions in the area have steadily risen in recent years and a maritime military buildup currently demands world attention as a flashpoint of geopolitical jockeying among regional and global powers. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei have all staked claims to parts of this strategic and resource-rich basin, while the United States also seeks to protect its far-reaching interests there.

Long before the current geopolitical conflicts, the South China Sea was already a center of international commerce, comparable to the Mediterranean as a conduit of wealth and a melting pot of cultures, where both goods and ideas were exchanged. Commodities and technologies from the Indian and Chinese civilizational spheres were freely transmitted, and transported as far afield as Africa and Japan. Among the cultural cargo, religious teachings were also trafficked along the ancient maritime trade routes. Arab and Iranian merchants from the Persian Gulf had long participated in Indian Ocean trade, and eventually penetrated the Malacca Straits into the South China Sea. Starting in the late 7th century, after the establishment of Islam in Arabia, Muslim seafaring traders continued this tradition.

Thus, Islam spread into the China Seas via the so-called maritime extension of the Silk Road, and from there it reached the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland, as well as the peninsulas and archipelagos of Southeast Asia, and beyond. This conference aims to explore the historical, geographic, economic, social, political, cultural and religious contexts of the introduction and development of Islam in the greater China Seas region, from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Topics of research will include: trade and religious dissemination; Muslim settlement in the China Seas region; the introduction and spread of Islam in South China; Islamisation, assimilation and indigenization; and Muslims’ role in the spread of Chinese regional influence, among others. Such research represents an important component of the international and intercultural understanding underlying the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

Dates: March 26-27, 2018 (Mon and Tues)

Submission of Abstracts:

An abstract of not more than 350 words should be submitted, with a short CV, to csic@cuhk.edu.hk before Friday, 1 December 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by Friday, 29 December 2017.

Language: English and Chinese

Contact information: For enquiries about the conference and submission of abstracts, please contact Ms Asiah Yang at csic@cuhk.edu.hk.

Hosting Institution: Centre for the Study of Islamic Culture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

About our center: http://cuhk.edu.hk/rih/csic/

Contact Info:

For enquiries about the conference and submission of abstracts, please contact Ms Asiah Yang at csic@cuhk.edu.hk.
Contact Email: csic@cuhk.edu.hk
URL: http://cuhk.edu.hk/rih/csic/

CFP: Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World

From the 8th to the 10th May 2018, there will be multi-disciplinary and international conference at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter entitled:

“Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World”

The aim is to explore approaches to the theme of ‘globalisation’ across the ancient world, c.500 BCE to 700 CE, from a methodological, cultural, and economic perspective. Methodological issues relating to the theme of ‘globalisation’ will be analysed in different contexts, notably the application of this concept in different regions and different periods of the ancient world. For example, one can scrutinise such a concept in the multi-ethnic Seleukid Empire, study concepts of local identities in the ‘global world’ of the Roman Empire or ancient China, consider concepts like ‘Mediterranisation’ and ‘Oikoumenisation’, or explore interaction and cultural exchange between the Roman world, Africa, Southern Asia and China.

We are inviting papers that will broadly fit one or more of the following themes for any region across the ancient world and from any disciplinary perspective. We will also consider significant methodological papers from other periods.

Proposed sessions so far:

1) Globalisation in Antiquity – a valid approach?

2) Empires and the concept of Globalisation

3) Migration and diaspora

4) Shaping local identities in a ‘global world’

5) Individual and regional responses to globalisation across the ancient
world

6) The Indian Ocean and the movement of goods, ideas and peoples

7) How connected was the Afro-Eurasian world?

Deadline for proposals: 1st January 2018. Please send a short abstract of no more than 400 words for your paper, plus a short CV, to the session organisers. If you wish to propose a session, please send us an abstract and a list of potential speakers by the end of November. The time allocated for each paper will be approximately 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. And of course we intend to publish the papers in an edited volume.

Conference fee to cover tea, coffee, reception and lunch: £45 (£30 for
students and speakers; free for UWTSD students)

We have applied for funding to reimburse speakers’ expenses (e.g., accommodation and travel expenses), but we cannot promise you any reimbursement at the moment; we will keep you posted.

Organisers and contact details:

– Dr Matthew Cobb – m.cobb@uwtsd.ac.uk

– Assoc.-Prof. Ralph Haeussler – r.haeussler@uwtsd.ac.uk

Place: Lampeter campus, Academy of Cultural Heritage, University of
Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Lampeter, SA48 7ED, Wales, U.K.

Further details will be circulated in due course.

CFP: Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference

Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference, 3-5 July 2018, University of Sydney

Proposal submissions are now open for the 22nd biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference 2018. This conference will bring together academics from across disciplines with a shared interest in Asia. The conference is open to scholars, students and community members wishing to share their research and hear about the latest developments in Asian studies. We particularly encourage multi-country or multi-disciplinary representation, as well as gender balance and the inclusion of established and junior scholars, in all panels.

You can propose a panel, an individual paper, or a workshop. We will also be hosting a number of roundtables on topical issues such as Asian Cities, Climate change, Securing Asia, Pandemics and emerging diseases, and Asia’s heritage challenges (suitable applicants are invited to apply).

Proposal submissions close 1 November 2017.

ASAA conference 2018 will also include a dedicated postgraduate workshop on 2 July 2018. The workshop is open to all postgraduate members of the ASAA. Postgraduates wishing to attend the workshop are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Bursaries will be available.

If there are any questions please feel free to contact Natali.Pearson@sydney.edu.au

UNESCO and ASEAN joint forces to strengthen the protection of underwater heritage in the Southeast Asian region

via Unesco, 21 September 2017: I was in Makassar last week to attend this meeting organised by Unesco and ASEAN. On the agenda was the 2001 convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage (of which only Cambodia is signatory to).

Source: UNESCO and ASEAN joint forces to strengthen the protection of underwater heritage in the Southeast Asian region | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

CFP: SEA Studies Symposium 2018

The 7th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium will be held in March 2018 at Universitas Indonesia with the theme: “What is Southeast Asia? Exploring Uniqueness and Diversity”. Proposals for papers and sessions are due by October 15, 2017.

“What is Southeast Asia? Exploring Uniqueness and Diversity” 22–24 March 2018 at Universitas Indonesia in collaboration with School of Environmental Science, Universitas Indonesia Indonesia Environ…

Source: SEA Studies Symposium 2018 – Call for Panels and Papers | Project Southeast Asia

IPPA 2018

From Ian Lilley, IPPA Sec-Gen

Dear IPPA Community,

On behalf of the co-Presidents of the 2018 IPPA Congress, Prof. Nguyen Giang Hai and Dr. Phan Thanh Hai, I would like to open the call for sessions and papers. The Congress will open on Sunday 23 September and sessions will run on Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September. Following IPPA tradition, we will keep Wednesday 25 September free for rest and local tours in and around Hue, where there is plenty to do and see. Vietnam has an excellent tourist industry, so all tours (including pre- and post-Congress tours) will be the responsibility of individual IPPA delegates, not the conference organisers.

Program space will be limited. Scheduling priority will be given to sessions rather than individual papers. There will be four 90-minute session blocks each day, with parallel sessions running in each time-block as required. A standard single session will be 90 minutes, ending in a coffee or lunch break. Sessions may take up more than one 90 block as required, but only in whole blocks. The session format is up to session organisers (ie standard group of presentations, discussion panel, forum etc). Individual papers that are not part of an organised session will be aggregated in unthemed sessions as program space permits.

Individual delegates may have their name on any number of sessions or papers but to keep the organisation of the program manageable each delegate will be limited to two (2) presenting/speaking roles only (such as presenter/speaker, discussant, panel member, forum member, facilitator, moderator, chair).

Please have your suggestions to me by no later than 30 November 2017. Acceptance of late submissions cannot be guaranteed.

Formal letters of invitation will be provided by the Vietnamese conference hosts as required after sessions and papers have been accepted. Funding assistance will be very limited, with priority given to currently-enrolled students.

Please also note that the Vietnamese annual national archaeological conference “New discoveries in Archaeology 2017” will be held in Hue on Saturday 29 September, immediately following the IPPA meeting.

UNESCO World Heritage Centre – UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes

The Maritime Silk Route would naturally include many Southeast Asian stops.

UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes

There has been much discussion about possible strategies for the nominations on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the impact of maritime trade on the cultures and civilizations between East and West often referred to as the ‘Maritime Silk Routes’. The aim of this UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes, which will be held on 30-31 May 2017 in London, is to bring together scholars who have worked on the history, archaeology, and heritage of maritime interactions across this vast area in order to discuss the strategy for further research, as well as the development of a platform to enter into a possible dialogue with the States Parties of the World Heritage Convention along the Maritime Silk Routes.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre – UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes

Call for Papers: International Conference Binh Dinh ancient ceramics

From the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, an international conference to be held in Binh Dinh province on 26th to 28th October 2017 (tentative)

In order to shed more light on Binh Dinh ancient ceramics and its role in the history of economic and cultural exchange between Champa and Dai Viet as well as other countries in South East Asia, the Research Center for Imperial Citadel (RCIC) – Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), in co-operating with Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism – People Committee of Binh Dinh Province, are intending to organize the International Conference Binh Dinh ancient ceramics – Vijaya Kingdom and its relationship with Thang Long citadel – Dai Viet (11th-15th centuries) in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province in late October 2017.

This conference seeks to summarize, evaluate the scholarly achievements of Champa ancient ceramics in Binh Dinh and issues related to the history of economic and cultural exchange between Vijaya Kingdom and Thang Long Citadel as well as other South East Asia countries in the past.

For more details, please download the flyer here.