Humanomics Open Research Seminars: Universal Empire

– towards a comparative world history of premodern Eurasia
Peter Fibiger Bang is an Associate Professor of history at the Saxo Institute at University of copenhagen. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Heidelberg, and a research leave in 2007 allowed him a stay in Cambridge. Peter Fibiger Bang has situated his research at the interface of ancient and world history. It focuses on exploring historical comparisons between the Roman and other pre-colonial land-empires, especially the Mughal Empire of India, to suggest new ways of conceptualising the anatomy of Roman power. The topics he treats include taxation and tribute, patrimonial lordship and the notion of Universal Empire, cosmopolitan high-culture as well as trade and economy.

The talk "Universal Empire – towards a comparative world history of premodern Eurasia" attempts to sketch a new global history of Eurasian empires from antiquity till the dawn of European colonialism while addressing some current methodological debates within the discourse of world history. Should we produce “connected histories” of intercultural mixture instead of globalising comparisons? What is the goal of comparative history, to identify broad similarities or register minute differences.

About the seminars

Having established the new forum “Research Seminar”, the Humanomics Research Centre continues to present new guest lectures and invited international scholars throughout the winter semester 2014. The intention of this seminar series is to gather colleagues, PhD students, and advanced students for discussions of new trends and theories in the humanities - ranging from current research projects to theoretical debates about the past, present and future of humanities scholarship. The objective is to organise one or two monthly meetings with presentations of new research by Copenhagen University staff and invited international scholars.
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