12 April 2021 Start
12 April 2021 End
03:00 pm (Rome time) Time
Italy University of Trento (online/Zoom)


Afro Eurasia in Context(s). Theory, Method, Perspectives

April 12th, 2021

Afro Eurasia in Context(s). Theory, Method, Perspectives is the title of a new webinar series organized by The International Research Doctoral Course “Forms of Cultural Exchange” of the University of Trento (Italy), in collaboration with the Center of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (CeASHum). The series begins today with Miguel John Versluys (Leiden University) talking about Embedding global diversity. The cohabitation of forms in the Hellenistic and Roman Near East.

Afro Eurasia in Context(s): About

Drawing on the recent publication of three major volumes (Hodos, T. (Ed.), 2017. The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization, von Reden, S. (Ed.), 2019. Handbook of Ancient AfroEurasian Economies, Mairs, R. (Ed.), 2020. The Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek World), this online lecture series aims, among other things, at removing ancient Central Asia from an inveterate stereotype that has long relegated it to the rank of exotic periphery of one or more empires (in the West, the Seleukid and then Roman empires, in the East, the Chinese imperial polities), adopting a multidisciplinary perspective capable of offering fruitful insights both for specialists already acquainted with this world(s) and for scholars active in other fields of research. At the same time, the lecture series will offer to a wider audience an updated and exhaustive critical overview of the role of this area of the Eurasian continent in a long-term perspective. As it appears, this may be useful in the light of the most recent developments in international geopolitics, in which context, for example, the evocative power of a construct such as the Silk Road has been abundantly mobilized.

The webinars are free and available to everyone via Zoom, but registration is required using the links seen under each lecture entry in the schedule below.


Miguel John Versluys (Leiden University) – April 12th, 03:00 pm (Rome time)

Embedding global diversity. The cohabitation of forms in the Hellenistic and Roman Near East

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Rachel Mairs (University of Reading) –  April 13th, 03:00 pm (Rome time)

Teaching Ancient Central Asia

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Henry P. Colburn (Kelsey Museum of Archaeology) – April 16th, 03:00 pm (Rome time)

Globalization and Archaeology: Lessons from the Achaemenid Empire

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