CEAS congratulates Professor Paul Copp and his colleagues for receiving support from the Neubauer Collegium for a new research initiative to start in July 2016 entitled “Imperial Interstices: Agents of Eurasian Interaction in Late Antiquity.”
“The project will foster the collaborative work needed to produce an integrated history of a Eurasian late antiquity”
Their project aims to identify and understand the interactions of political elites, merchants, and religious specialists that stimulated far-reaching political, economic, and cultural change across Eurasia. These regions have generally been referred to as passive corridors transmitting nomadic raiders, silk, or religious ideas. Recent work has demonstrated the complexity of the political orders of Hun and Turk nomads, the economic networks of the Sogdian and Indian Ocean merchants, and the religious cultures of Buddhist, Manichaean, and Christian specialists. And yet scholars of these phenomena typically work in isolation not only from one another, but also from their counterparts in other disciplines. The project will foster the collaborative work needed to produce an integrated history of a Eurasian late antiquity.
Paul Copp is the Associate Professor in Chinese Religion and Thought in the Department of East Asian Language and Civilizations. He is the chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies.