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This seminar aims at reading accounts and narratives (mainly travelers', but not only) from Antiquity to nowadays. Special attention will be paid to the nature and the expression of emotions throughout the long lasting history of the roads. The conference should provide the opportunity to compare cultural sensibilities, and to wonder about socially constructed aspects of emotions. It will not only focus on the emotions that could be felt along the Silk Roads throughout ages - from danger and unknown at the very beginning to scientiﬁc enthusiasm for instance-, but should help questioning the expression of emotions (related to literary genres) and to what extent we can get access to times past. At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) be able to contextualize, read and analyze texts from different areas and periods. 2°) be able to describe and analyze emotions along the Silk road and beyond. 3°) have read extensively one book (or more !) from the bibliography. Compulsory reading : at least one modern traveller + summary records of selected excerpt(s) ; research : historical research in order to prepare and contextualize readings debate about the texts of the conference Required reading : Silk, Barrico, Alessandro (novel).
Course Description : This course examines how contemporary globalization movements can be linked to developments in the early history of Asia. If globalization is understood as a movement of international integration arising from the movement of people, goods and ideas, its roots go far deeper than the 19th century. This course proposes to show how a series of historiographic biases have blurred our understanding of the origins of globalization. They include Eurocentric histories, nationalistic histories, ethnic or religious essentialism and an almost exclusive focus on literate sedentary societies. This course will introduce the students to the new perspectives brought by archaeology, research on nomadic societies and connected histories. At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Know how to spot biases in the historical or literary sources of sedentary societies 2°) Know how to spot biases in silk road historiography 3°) Connect Asian History to Western History Each class will include a lecture followed by a debate session based on preassigned readings. Students will also hand out a 1 page summary of the preceding lecture at the beginning of each class. Each group of 2 students will write a research paper (10 pages) and present it in class during the ﬁnal colloquium session. Required reading : Boivin, Nicole & Fuller, Dorian “Crops, cattle and commensals across the Indian Ocean : Current and Potential Archaeobiological Evidence” in Etudes Ocean Indien 42-43, 2009, p.13-35.
SILK ROAD : THE ASIAN ROOTS OF GLOBALIZATION
Semester : Autumn and Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Paul WORMSER (PhD. TeacherINALCO). Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments (at least three grades) : 1°) One course summary grade 2°) One debate grade 3°) One research paper grade
SILK ROAD : THE LANGUAGES OF THE SILK ROAD
Semester : Autumn and Spring Number of hours : 48 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Paul WORMSER (PhD. TeacherINALCO). Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments (at least three grades) : 471