Was Ghengis Khan Turkic

The Complexity of Interaction along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the First Millennium AD.


Jan Bemmann, Ursula Brosseder, Michael Schmauder, Timo Stickler

February 9, 2012

Conference opening

  • 16 c.t. Jan Bemmann, Michael Schmauder (Bonn), Introduction

Session 1. Theory, Climate, Nomads / Barbarians as the “Others”

  • 16.30 Daniel Rogers (Washington), Empire Dynamics in Inner Asia
  • 17.00 Claudio Cioffi-Revilla (Fairfax), Data, Theory, and Agent-Based Modeling of Inner Asian Steppe Polities and Environments
  • 5.30 p.m. Nikolai Kradin (Vladivostok), How Nomads Come to Empire
  • 6 p.m. Pavel Tarasov (Berlin), Climate Change in Central and Inner Asia in the First Millennium AD

Evening Lecture, open to public (in German)

  • 7.30 p.m. Johannes Gießauf (Graz), “He showed a really extraordinary mixture of profound ability for metaphysics on the one hand and cruelty on the other. So it was clearly intended for Mongolia “- Europeans and the steppe
  • 8.30 p.m. Dinner for Speakers

February 10, 2012

Session 2. Xiongnu, the Han Empire and the Oases in the West

  • 9.30 am Mayke Wagner (Berlin), Reconstruction of Human Mobility during the First Millennium BC in Eastern Central Asia
  • 10.00 Enno Giele (Tucson), Local Evidence of Xiongnu-Han Interaction from the Deserts of Gansu and Western Inner Mongolia
  • 10.30 am Coffee break
  • 11.00 a.m. Bryan K. Miller (Bonn), Negotiating the Frontier: Identity, Cultural Politics, and the Southern Xiongnu Entity
  • 11.30 am Ursula Brosseder (Bonn), Dynamics of Communication and Exchange along the "Steppe Highway" in the Centuries around the Turn of the Era
  • 12.00 Lunch for Speakers (cafe DelikArt, LVR-LandesMuseum)
  • Session 3. Early Turks, Uyghurs, Tang China and Sogdians

  • 13.00 Michael Drompp (Memphis), Strategies of Cohesion and Control in the Türk and Uyghur Empires
  • 13.30 Etienne de la Vaissière (Paris), The Orkhon and the Ötüken, or How to Make the Best of a Bad Bargain
  • 2.00 p.m. Thomas O. Höllmann (Munich), On the Road Again. Diplomacy and Trade from Chinese Perspective
  • 2.30 p.m. Guided tour through the exhibition “Steppe Warriors - Horse nomads of the 7th – 14th centuries Century in Mongolia "
  • 3.30 p.m. Coffee break
  • Session 4. Nomads in Central Asia and India during Parthian, Sassanid and Gupta reign

  • 16.00 Timo Stickler (Jena), The Gupta Empire in the Face of the Hun Threat: Parallels to the Late Roman Empire?
  • 16.30 Matthias Pfisterer (Vienna), Alkhan and Nezak. Between Nomadic Tradition and Cultural Appropriation

February 11, 2012

Session 5. Central and Inner Asia during the 10-12th Century

  • 9.00 Jan Bemmann (Bonn), Cities in the Steppes - Turks, Uyghurs and Mongols in the Orkhon Valley
  • 9.30 am Michal Biran (Jerusalem), The Silk Roads in the 10th – 12th century. Between China and the Islamic World.
  • 10.00 Jürgen Paul (Halle an der Saale), Khwarazm, the Qarakhitay, and the Qipchaqs. The Struggle between Tekesh and Sultanshah (1172-1193)
  • 10.30 am Coffee break
  • 11.00 am Peter Golden (New Brunswick-Piscataway), The Turkic World of Mahmûd al-Kâshgharî
  • 11.30 Tatiana Skrynnikova (Saint-Petersburg), Old-Turkish Roots of Chinggis-khan‘s 'Golden Clan'. Continuity of Genesis. Typology of Power
  • 12.00 lunch break

Section 6. Greek Cities, Rome, Byzantium and the Nomads in the West

  • 13.30 Sören Stark (New York), Between Hephthalites, Sogdians and Tang.Some Observations on the Royal Iconography of the Ashina Turks
  • 14.30 Valentina Mordvintseva (Simferopol ’), Barbarians and their Contacts with the Antique Centers in the North Pontic Region (3rd century BC - mid 3rd century AD)
  • 3 p.m. Coffee break
  • 3.30 p.m. Walter Pohl (Vienna), Huns, Avars, Hungarians - A Comparative Approach based on Written Evidence
  • 16.00 Michael Schmauder (Bonn), Huns, Avars, Hungarians - A Comparative Approach based on Archaeological Evidence
  • Summary, final discussion

  • 16.30 Peter Golden (New Brunswick-Piscataway), Walter Pohl (Vienna)
  • 6.00 p.m. Dinner for Speakers

Conference Venue

LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn
Rhenish State Museum for Archeology,
Art and cultural history
Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn
Tel 0228 2070-351

Registration and Conference Fee:

There is no conference fee. Attendees are required to register by Tuesday 6 February 2012 via e-mail at [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]. Please provide your name, degree and institutional affiliation.

The registration desk at the conference venue opens on February 9 at 3 p.m.

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