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Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from ~4000 BCE – 316 BCE

When May 04, 2017 06:00 PM to
May 07, 2017 01:00 PM
Where Pennsylvania State University
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“Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from ~4000 BCE – 316 BCE,” brings together scholars in separate disciplines to discuss the early contexts for cultural, linguistic, and material exchanges, migration patterns, state-formation, and the creation of polities in South China and mainland Southeast Asia. We emphasize not just the charting of contact zones and the networks between them; rather, we ask scholars to come to terms with the quality and nature of that contact and exchange. This will ultimately help answer the question of how cross-cultural impacts are felt in local communities and what such impacts mean to such communities in the long-term.

Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from 316 BCE – 1700 CE

Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from 316 BCE – 1700 CE

When Aug 31, 2017 06:00 PM to
Sep 03, 2017 01:00 PM
Where Pennsylvania State University
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“Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from 316 BCE – 1700 CE,” features the seminal period of mass migrations from North China into the southern reaches of the then-frontier of the Sinitic-speaking world, the crystallization of Southeast Asian mainland states such as Angkor, Champa, Dai Viet, and the Thai kingdoms, as well as the primary presence of Islamic foreigners in the realms of maritime trade. This stretch of history witnesses the growth of premodern networks that bridged major South China Sea regions, as well as a growing diasporic movement of Sinitic-speaking peoples across the region, many of whom were involved in the ever-vital South China Sea trade.

Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from ~4000 BCE – 316 BCE