2009.10.21-23 Serica - Da Qin: Over 2000 years of Sino-Western relations

2009.10.21-23 Serica - Da Qin: Over 2000 years of Sino-Western relations

The international conference to be held at University of Wrocław, 21-23 October 2009

Organised by the

Institute of Classics, University of Wrocław Confucius Institute at the University of Wrocław

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch


This interdisciplinary conference invites abstracts for papers examining:


1. Before History:

- early Sino-Western cultural contact and exchange in the Second and First Millennium BC.


2. Antiquity:

- Greek and Latin accounts of China and Far East (Serica);

- ancient China knowledge of the Western countries (Da Qin);

- history of Sino-Roman relations.


3. The Silk Road:

- the land and sea routes of the Silk Road;

- cultural exchanges on the Silk Road;

- Chinese artefacts in the West and Western artefacts in China;

- Eurasian nomads as transmitters;

- Chinese and Western influence on the civilisations along the Silk Road.


4. Knowledge of China in Medieval and Early Modern Europe:

- Mongol era;

- Europe reaching China by sea;

- Latin and other European accounts of Medieval and Early Modern China.


5. Knowledge of Europe in Medieval and Early Modern China:

- attitudes towards Europeans in China;

- accounts of Western countries in Medieval and Early Modern China.


6. Chinese thought in the West and Western thought in China:

- Confucius and Confucianism in Early Modern Europe;

- attitudes towards Chinese civilisation in Early Modern Europe;

- influence of the Western philosophy on Chinese thought;



Our aim is to create a focus for international and interdisciplinary scholarship, by bringing together scholars from across the world and from across the full range of academic disciplines whose research interests intersect at this Sino-Western nexus, including  disciplines such as classical studies, Sinology, other Oriental studies, medieval and early modern literature, archaeology, history, art history, anthropology, philosophy and theology.

There will be three plenary sessions for lectures, which should last no longer than 30 minutes, and parallel sessions for communications (no longer than 20 minutes). We hope to publish a substantial proportion of them. Lectures and communications in English are preferred, but they may be delivered in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Title of lectures or communications and a brief outline should be sent on the form provided by 30 June 2009:


E-mail: konferencja.ik@uni.wroc.pl



All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings. The editors will be dr hab. Gościwit Malinowski (Institute of Classics), prof. Zhang Lilong (Confucius Institute at the University of Wrocław) and dr Aleksander Paroń (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology,  Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch) assisted by an editorial committee.


Registration fees:

$100 for participant with accepted paper

§80 for participant without paper

 The fees include the conference proceedings, dinners, and coffee breaks.


Methods of payment:



Conference Bursaries for Participants from Central Asia or Eastern Europe

In recognition of the high costs of the participation in conference (accomodation, travel cost and conference fee) faced by participants coming from Central Asia or Eastern Europe, the Academic Committee is offering a limited number of bursaries....


Accommodation offer

The conference organizers have arranged accommodation in the following hotels in different categories (and prices). All hotels are conveniently located, close to the conference venue. The offer is presented in the booking form.

To book a place at this conference, please complete the attached booking form and return it to the conference administrators:


E-mail: konferencja.ik@uni.wroc.pl


Dr Agnieszka Kotlińska-Toma

and Ms. Wei Xin

Institute of Classics,

University of Wrocław

ul. Szewska 49,

50-139 Wrocław,



Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Ośrodek Badań nad Kulturą Późnego Antyku i Wczesnego Średniowiecza
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
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