SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Communicating Civilisations and World Order Conference 2011


Date: 5 September 2011Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 7 September 2011Time: All Day


Type of Event: Conference

Vth International Forum on World Civilisations, 5-7 September, 2011

Featuring Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Harry Harootunian
    "Area Studies and Memories of Underdevelopment"
  • Professor Prasenjit Duara
    "Sustainability and the Crisis of Transcendence: The Long View from Asia
  • Professor Yao Jiehou
    "Intercultural Communication Across Civilizations: Theorizing the Visual
  • Dr. Paul Bowman
    "Re-enter the Dragon"
  • Dr. Franz Mauelshagen
    "Communicating Climate  Change"

The History Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in collaboration with the Centre for Comparative Studies of World Civilisations of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the Institute of Cultural Studies of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), and the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures of Nanjing Normal University are pleased to announce the 5th International Forum on World Civilisations to be held in London, September 5-7, 2011.

The historical ebb and flow of global capital, political control, and social and environmental change has opened up vast new spaces within which people have sought participation in an increasingly overcrowded world.  Modern media technologies, the homogenisation of global time, and more efficient transportation have brought some areas of the globe closer together whilst others remain excluded from true participation.  This conference seeks to understand how and why visions and narratives of global order remain a crucial part of international communication, and whether a harmony among peoples can ever be detached from the power that defines those relationships.  By recognising the continued assertion of notions of civilisation to define and propagate the idea of a global hierarchy, the conference will look at how a shared ground on attitudes toward morality, nature, technological advancement, spirituality, to name but a few, continue to determine a discourse about how interaction on the global stage is restricted to certain conceptual spaces.  

The aim of the conference is to further the understanding of these issues through a historical exploration of the four themes outlined below in the form of presentations and discussions by scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The opening keynote lecture will be given by Professor Harry Harootunian; a second lecture will be delivered by Professor Prasenjit Duara.

Please register by August the 25th via the SOAS registration page .  A registration fee of £30 is payable from the same site. 


Sponsor: With the support of the British Academy, the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and the Centre of Chinese Studies