Call for papers:

The Mongols and the Silk Roads

Venue: May 10th–11th, 2018

University of Szeged

After two successful workshops in Jerusalem (Diplomacy in the Age of Mongol Globalization, May of 2016, organized by Francesca Fiaschetti and Marie Favereau) and Sofia (Mongol Warfare between Steppe and Sown, May of 2017, organized by Boriana Antonova and Konstantin Golev), in 2018 the next annual workshop will take place at Szeged (Hungary). This year the workshop will be related to the topic: The Mongols and the Silk Roads.

It is well-known that international networks of merchants, and their trade activities along the Silk Roads, have always played an important role in shaping the history of Central-Eurasian population. This was the case for the Mongols as well, both before and after the construction of their world Empire. The establishment of the Mongol Empire, in fact, enabled the growth of transregional trade, expanded the commercial routes to new regions and even to the maritime areas, and led to a heyday of the exchanges between East and West. Furthermore, merchants didn’t play a role merely in trade, but their agency expanded to many other important aspects of the empire, such as the military, diplomacy, communication and espionage, etc.

The organizers of the workshop intend to bring together talented young scholars and experienced researchers in order to scrutinize the various aspects of the Silk Roads under Mongol rule

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts for proposed papers (max. 250 words) should be sent to:

Deadline for submission is: 15th February 2018.

Authors will be notified regarding acceptance of their contribution by 15th February 2018 at the latest, after all submissions have been reviewed. Applicants are expected to arrange for their own funding for travel to the conference. For the selected participants (a maximum of 8) accomodation may be subsidized, according to the result of our application for funding (please state if you want to be considered for funding when submitting the abstract). Selected papers will be considered for publication in the workshop proceedings


István Zimonyi (University of Szeged)

Szilvia Kovács (Silk Road Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Eötvös Loránd University and Szeged University)

Márton Vér (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)