Culture Contacts in Ancient Worlds: Theories and Case Studies

Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Oxford China Centre

There is much current interest in causes of globalization and international contacts. Although the process of globalization has sped up considerably over the last decades, recent research has suggested that the modern and the ancient world may not be fundamentally different as far as mechanisms and preconditions of inter-cultural contact are concerned. Prehistoric and early historic communities can therefore serve as useful case studies to reflect on general mechanisms of inter-cultural exchange that are of great interest to modern day societies as well.

The conference on "Cultural Contacts in Ancient Worlds: Theories and Case Studies" held at Oxford, 24 to 26 March 2017, brings together researchers from various fields in the humanities and social sciences to gain deeper insight into mechanisms of and reasons for inter-group exchange across Eurasia in historic and prehistoric periods.

Thanks to generous sponsorship by the Center for Advanced Studies, University of Munich, the University of Oxford China Centre, and St Hugh’s College, attendance at the conference is free of charge but requires signing up with the organizer.

To register, please contact Dr Anke Hein at

24 Mar to 26 Mar
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China Centre Lecture Theatre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, Oxford OX2 6LU