Perspectives on Medieval Social Dynamics and Contacts (Real and Imagined) in China and the West

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner room
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:00am
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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:00am to Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:00pm


09:00 – 09:10     
John Shuttack, President and Rector of CEU, Budapest

09:10 – 09:30     
Xinhua Li, Head of Education Section of the Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Budapest

09:30 – 09:45     
Alice Choyke (CEU, Budapest) and Daniel Ziemann (Head of Medieval Studies Department, CEU, Budapest) – Introduction to the Conference

09:45 – 10:00     
Introducing Beijing Normal University


Section 1: Links- chair: Alice Choyke 

10:00 – 10:20     
Béla-Zsolt Szakács (CEU, Budapest/Pázmány Péter Catholic Universiy, Piliscsaba): Fonthill Vase: Chinese Porcelain and the House of Anjou

10:20 – 10:40     
Marianne Sághy (CEU, Budapest):  An Italian in China: Giovanni Da Montecorvino and Trecento Perceptions of the Chinese Empire


10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:40     
Zhen Zhao(赵贞, Beijing Normal University): Study on the Goods from Byzantium to China in Middle Age(中古时代传入中国之“拂菻”物品透视)

11:40 – 12:00     
József Laszlovszky (CEU, Budapest): The Socio-economic and Ecological Impact of the Medieval Mongol Invasions. The European Viewpoint

12:00 – 12:20     
Balázs Nagy (CEU, Budapest/Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): The Mongol Expansion and the Interaction of Various Civilizations in the Middle Ages

12:20 – 12:40     
Niels Gaul (CEU, Budapest): Imperial Systems and Learning: the Case of Byzantium


12:40 – 14:00 Lunch Break


Section 2: Ideology 

14:00 – 14:20     
István Perczel (CEU, Budapest): Christian Buddhists in Kerala?

14:20 – 15:00     
Shudong Hou(侯树栋, Beijing Normal University): What is Feudalism? The 20th-century Chinese Historians’ Main Explanation for Medieval Society(封建主义是什么?——20世中国史学家关于中古社会的基本解释)

15:00 – 15:20     
Volker Menze (CEU, Budapest): Out of Mind: Syrian Saints in Late Antiquity

15:20 – 15:40     
Daniel Ziemann (CEU, Budapest): Looking East. The discussion about the Asian Origins of Medieval Bulgars


15:40 – 16:00 Coffee Break


Section 3: Urban Life and Sources

16:00 – 16:20     
Alice Choyke (CEU, Budapest): Introduction to the Medieval Animal Data-network

16:20 – 17:00     
Sheng Zhang(张升, Beijing Normal University): Encyclopedia of Ancient China in Comparative Perspective(从中西比较的角度论中国古代的类书)

17:00 – 17:20     
Gerhard Jaritz (CEU, Budapest/University of Salzburg): Social Dynamics in Medieval Visual Evidence


17:20 – 17:40  Coffee Break


17:40 – 18:00     
Katalin Szende (CEU, Budapest): Do Town Plans Show the 'Ground Plans' of Society? - a Comparative Approach

18:00 – 18:20     
György Endre Szőnyi (CEU, Budapest/University of Szeged): Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Urban Development of the Most Famous Renaissance City: Florence

18:20 – 19:00     
Xin Ning(宁欣 - Beijing Normal University): Surrounding Areas of the City Gate and Town: Two Important Factors for Development in Medieval Chinese Cities(城关与市镇:中国中古城市化程的两要素)

19:00 – 19:20     
Stephen Pow (Doctoral student - CEU, Budapest): Patterns of Mongol Warfare in the Written Records of Asia and Europe