Call for Papers: Diplomacy in the Age of Mongol Globalization

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
May 30 – 31st, 2016
Extended Deadline: 30th Jan 2016

The Mongols are famous for their uncompromising diplomacy. “Submit or Perish” was
apparently the main message they initially addressed to others. These calls for submission were
claims made by conquerors and leaders of a universal empire. In most cases, they coincide with
the period of the great Mongol expansion.
In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Mongols developed various modes of
official communication. Far from being static, they changed and adapted their diplomatic ways
to the position they held in the surrounding world.
One problem in examining the Mongols’ evolving relationships is that, while the
diplomatic aims of the other sides (Papacy, Chinese, Rus’, Mamluks) are well documented, the
diplomatic orientation of the Chinggisids is not. This conference will contribute to fill the gap. By
looking at diplomatic exchanges both during the United Empire and after its dissolution to four
Chinggisid states, the conference intends to individuate similarities, innovations and recurring
patterns of diplomacy.
We invite our panellists to look at the following aspects:

  • A new world order and its rituals
  • Diplomatic personnel
  • Foreign policies
  • Gifts and trade
  • The multi-faceted dimensions of the diplomatic encounter
  • The concept of a “Chinggisid diplomacy”


Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts for proposed papers (max. 250 words) should be sent to:
Deadline for submission is extended to: 30th January 2016.
Authors will be notified regarding acceptance of their contribution by 10th February 2016 at
the latest, after all submissions have been reviewed.
Applicants are expected to arrange for their own funding for conference participation. Selected
papers will be considered for publication in the workshop proceedings.


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