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The Mobility of Nomadic and Sedentary Peoples in the Margins of China Anthropological and Historical Perspectives

October 12 2023 - October 13 2023 - Conference


10:00–10:30 Welcome & Introduction

Aurore Dumont & Alexis Lycas

10:30–12:00 Technologies of Mobility versus Local Knowledge and Landscape

Lia Wei (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales): Forms of “Cheap Monumentality” rather than “Civilization Moving Upstream:” Confronting Historical and Archaeological Data in the Study of Southwards Routes in the Upper Yangzi River Area

Laurent Chircop-Reyes (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): Moving People and Goods toward the West Pass (Xikou 西口): Han Caravan Mobility by means of “Camel Houses” Technologies between Shanxi and Mongolia

12:00–13:30 Lunch

13:30–15:00 Imperial Decision Making and the Control of Mobility

Gideon Shelach-Lavi (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Mobility and Efforts to Reduce Mobility in North China and Mongolia During the Liao/Khitan and Jin/Jürchen Period (916–1234)

Siyen Fei (University of Pennsylvania): The Mobility of Nomadic and Sedentary Peoples on the Margins of Ming China

15:00–15:30 Coffee break

15:30–17:00 Managing Military Mobility and Daily Life

Liang Zhong (École pratique des hautes études): The Mobility of Chinese Commoners from the Formation of Empire to the Period of Division (4th Century BC to 3rd Century AD)

Maddalena Barenghi (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia): Mobility, State and its Intermediaries on the Tang Frontiers

19:00–21:00 Dinner



09:30–11:00 Social and Economic Mobilities in Inner Mongolia

Sayana Namsaraeva (University of Cambridge): “Polluting the Mongol Way”: Success and Failure of the Hulunbuir Banners’ Agricultural Project

Katarzyna Golik (Polish Academy of Sciences): Social Networks of Newly Urbanised Post-Nomads in a Contemporary Chinese Town

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

11:30–13:00 Experiences of Space and Narratives of Mobility in Tibetan Areas

Jenny Chio (University of Southern California): Racializing Bodies in “Natural” Space: Dhunkar Kyab’s The Tourists

Chiara Lepri (Sapienza Università di Roma): On Tibet from Tibet: an ‘Autoethnography’ of Pilgrimage through the Lenses of Sonthar Gyal’s Ala Changso (2018)

13:00–14:30 Farewell Lunch