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Annual Conference 2013

Oct 17, 2013

More than 200 scholars from Heidelberg and around the world participated at the Annual Conference “Managing Empires. Cooperation, Competition, Conflict” from October 9-11. The event was organised by Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos on behalf of Research Area A “Governance & Administration”.

The conference was opened on Wednesday evening with a keynote lecture by Prof. Michael Broers on “Nuestras Indias? The European Origins of European Colonialism: Cultural Imperialism in the First Napoleonic Empire and the Subaltern Europe”. The historian approached the role of the imperial policy in the First Napoleonic Empire and discussed whether this form of colonialism over European societies can be considered as the origin of European colonialism in other parts of the world. Michael Broers is Professor of Western European History at Oxford University
 
Another keynote lecture was given on Thursday evening by Prof. Carol Gluck with the title “Modernity in Common: Japan and World History”. The Japanologist discussed the term modernity in the context of Japan by analysing Japanese history from the nineteenth century until the present. Prof. Carol Gluck is Professor of History, East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

The programme of this year’s Annual Conference also included plenary panels in the morning devoted to broader themes around the subject of the conference, and a number of smaller, parallel afternoon panels, mirroring the wide-ranging research carried out in the cross-regional and transdisciplinary setting of the Cluster. The topics of the four morning panels were: “Imagining Administration“, with lectures about the transfer of administrative ideas and aspects of public administration in European painting, “Chinese Whispers: A shared Eurasian Imaginaire of Professional Bureaucracy?“, exploring the Chinese Imperial examination system. Furthermore, in the panel “Global Elites. Rootless Cosmopolitanism or Provincial Jet-Setters?“ scholars discussed the role of global elites and managers, and in “Agency in Modern `Empires´“ the lectures evolved around diplomats and bureaucrats in the international political system and during the financial crisis.

This year the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) and research project “Subaltern Diplomacy” opened their offices to present showcases of their projects and selected databases. They invited interested conference participants to their Digital Humanities Café to explore their databases and discuss individual queries.

The Annual Conference 2013 "Managing Empires. Cooperation, Competition, Conflict" of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" was organised by Prof. Dr. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos and researchers from Research Area A "Governance & Administration": Prof. Dr. Harald Fuess, PD Dr. Susan Richter, David Mervart (PhD) and Sebastian Meurer.

Further information:
Annual Conference Programme
Annual Conference Concept
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  • Participants at the conference

  • Opening sessions

  • Keynote lecture by Michael Broers

  • Panel Sessions

  • Forum Discussions

  • Workshops

  • Keynote lecture by Carol Gluck

  • Digital Humanities Cafe

  • Concluding Round Table