Mobility and Transformations: Economic and Cultural Exchange in Mongol Eurasia Was Held in Hebrew University

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 29 – July 1st 2014

From June 29 to July 1, 2014, international conference on Mobility and Transformations: Economic and Cultural Exchange in Mongol Eurasia & Summer International Seminar on the Research Trend of Mongolian Empire held in Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The academic seminar was organized by Hebrew University and Seoul National University and sponsored by the Project of “Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia” which is being cooperated by Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and Institute of Asia- Africa Research of Hebrew University.

The conference was hosted by Michal Biran, chair of the Louis Frieberg Center for East-Asian Studies of Institute of Asia- Africa Research and Kim Hodong from Seoul National University.

More than 80 experts and scholars attended the conference. They were from Israel, China, America, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Swiss, Russia, Cyprus, Japan, South Korea and other countries.

Delger, professor of library science of Inner Mongolian University was invited to participate in the conference and submitted his paper, A Textual Research on the Different Versions of Mongolian Bible and Its Variants. Furthermore, he proposed in the conference and seminar that the Mongolian studies in western countries should pay more attention to the utilization of historical literature written in Mongolian and compose an international term dictionary on Mongolian Studies, through cooperated efforts.

The conference focused on examining how various forms of mobility – of people, ideas and artifacts – were instrumental in creating economic social, cultural and intellectual exchanges in the realm ruled by the Mongol empire and its successor states (and beyond) in the 13th and 14th centuries, and what was the impact of these movements. Culture is meant here in a broad definition, including also reference to religious and artistic and exchanges. The conference also aims to reconstruct and characterize commercial, religious and intellectual/scientific networks that operated in the Empire on a local, regional, and continental scale.

The academic lectures are conducted in ten sessions, covering the following topics:

*  modes of migration

* religious exchange

* rulers and ruled in transition: the united empire and China

* law, gender and institutions

* mobility and transformations

* artistic media on the move

* the Mongol state in central Asian comparative perspective

*economic exchanges

*science, wisdom and knowledge transfer

*Mongols and maritime Asia

They investigated the Eurasian historical and economic exchanges and many other issues during the period of Mongol Empire in the 13th and 14th centuries. Most of the papers are characterized by the study of Persian, Arabic, Hebrew, English and Chinese historical literature.

On 5th of July, the conference and the school organized a North Tour–Field Study to the historical places of Ayn Jalut, Nimrod Fortress, where a battle between Mongols and Mamluks or other affairs had taken place in the 13th century.

(translated from Chinese into English by Fan Xiuli)

Source: China Mongolian Studies Information Net