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COST A36, Tributary Empires Compared

Romans, Ottomans, Mughals and beyond

Mid-term Meeting

Warsaw, 13-15 October 2006

Institute of History, Warsaw University
Room A, 2nd floor

This meeting is the mid-term conference of the tributary empires compared network. Its focus is on synthesis and builds on the work already begun in Copenhagen. It aims to further the dialogue between the models of power in sociology, historical sociology and empirical historical research on classic imperial formations. The first day will be dedicated to discussions of historical, sociological models of empires as systems of power and the problems of comparison. The second day will examine the notion of imperial universalism, a central aspect of state-formation in “our” tributary empires. This will enable the network to explore common ground between the various branches (European as well as Oriental) of the originally middle-eastern tradition of state-craft. Finally the third day will seek to deepen our understanding of the empires as systems of power by testing their limits. Power, tribute and state formation, the language of universal hegemony and frontiers of empire will be key themes of this meeting.


Friday, 13 October

Universal Empire and Historical Sociology

Morning: 9.30-13.00

Sociology and anthropology on history
chair: Peter Fibiger Bang (Copenhagen)

9.30-9.40 opening

9.40-10.15 Garry Runciman (Cambridge),
Empire as a Topic in Comparative Sociology

10.15-10.40 Jan Kieniewicz (Warsaw),
European Empires of the Indian Ocean

10.40-11.00 coffee break

11.00-11.35 Peter Haldén (European University, Florence),
Empires: the diverse uses of systems theory

11.35-12.10 Michal Tymowski (Warsaw),
Early Imperial Formations in Africa and the power segmentation

12.10-12.50 discussion

13.00-14.30 lunch


Afternoon: 14.30-18.00

History meets sociology
chair: Chris Bayly (Cambridge)

14.30-15.05 Chris Wickham (Oxford),
Tributary Empires

15.05-15.40 Walter Scheidel (Graz/Stanford),
Rome and Han China

15.40-16.00 coffee break

16.00-16.35 Stephen Blake (Minneapolis),
Returning the Household to the Tributary Empire Model: Gender, Succession, and Ritual in the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman Empires

16.35-17.10 Phiroze Vasunia (Reading),
Ancient and Modern Imperialism:  Network Proposal

17.10-17.50 discussion

19.00 dinner (Restaurant Senator, ul. Szeroki Dunaj 1/3)


Saturday, 14 October

Imperial Universalism, shared symbols and ideological constructions

Morning: 9.00-12.30

chair: Metin Kunt (Sabanci-Istanbul)

9.00-9.35 Gojko Barjamovic (Copenhagen),
Assyrian and Achaemenid Imperial Culture

9.35-10.10 Rolf Schneider (Munich), Rome’s Oriental Identity:
Visual Strategies of Imperial Universalism

10.10-10.30 coffee break

10.30-11.05 Garth Fowden (National Hellenic Research Foundation),
Pseudo-Aristotelian Politics and Theology in Islam

11.05-11.40 Judith Herrin (King’s College, London),
The Christian tradition, Greek and Latin

11.40-12.20 discussion

12.30-14.00 lunch


Afternoon: 14.00-17.30

chair: Jeroen Duindam (Utrecht)

14.00-14.35 Cemal Kafadar (Harvard),
Other empires in the Ottoman mind: how the Ottomans compared themselves to other universalist enterprises, past and present

14.35-15.10 Ebba Koch (Vienna),
Perso-Indian Universalism and the image of Timur

15.10-15.30 coffee break

15.30-16.05 Justyna Olko (Warsaw),
Aztec Universalism: Elite Ideology in Service of Empire-Building

16.05-17.30 concluding discussion

19.00 dinner (Restaurant Fret@Porter, ul. Freta 37)


Sunday, 15 October

Frontiers of Empire

8.00-9.30 Breakfast meeting of the Management Committee (Hotel Harenda)

Morning: 9.40-13.10

chair: Bjørn Forsen (Finnish Institute at Athens)

9.40-10.15 Adam Ziólkowski (Warsaw),
From a limitless imperium populi Romani to the Maginot line bound Roman Empire

10.15-10.35 Mircea Negru (Spiru Haret-Bucharest),
Roman frontiers in the north of Lower Danube. Evolutions and significations

10.35-11.10 Dariusz Kolodziejczyk (Warsaw),
Do universal empires have frontiers? – an Ottoman case

11.10-11.30 coffee break

chair: Giovanni Salmeri (Pisa)

11.30-12.05 Michael Khodarkovsky (Loyola University, Chicago),
The Russian Steppe Frontiers

12.05-12.40 David Ludden (University of Pennsylvania),
Frontiers of empire in India

12.40-13.10 discussion

13.15-14.15 lunch

14.30 guided visit to the Royal Castle

18.00 dinner (Belvedere-Café Lazienki Krolewskie, ul. Agrykoli 1)


List of Participants:

COST MC Members
David Grønbæk (Brussels)
Balázs Kiss (Budapest)

Peter Bang (Copenhagen)

Chris Bayly (Cambridge)

Metin Kunt (Sabanci)
Halil Berktay (Sabanci)

Bjørn Forsen (Athens)

Claire Sottinel (Tours)

Ebba Koch (Vienna)

Giovanni Salmeri (Pisa)

Jeroen Duindam (Utrecht)

Dariusz Kolodziejczyk (Warsaw)
Adam Ziólkowski (Warsaw)

Antonios Anastasopoulos (University of Crete, Greece)

Rodica Naniu-Ursu (University "Spiru Haret", Bucharest)

Working Group:

Walter Scheidel (Graz)

Rolf Schneider (Munich)

Gojko Barjamovich (Copenhagen)

Chris Wickham (Oxford)
Judith Herrin (London)
Garry Runciman (Cambridge)
Phiroze Vasunia (Reading)

Garth Fowden (Athens)

Jan Kieniewicz (Warsaw)
Justyna Olko (Warsaw)
Michal Tymowski (Warsaw)

Peter Haldén

Mircea Negru

External experts:

Steven Blake (Minneapolis)
Cemal Kafadar (Harvard)
Michael Khodarkovsky (Loyola Chicago)
David Ludden (University of Pennsylvania)