International Conference, “Zheng He’s Maritime Voyages (1405-1433) and China’s Relations with the Indian Ocean World from Antiquity”

August 22-24, 2014, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Call for Papers

 Eighty-seven years before Christopher Columbus’ first transatlantic voyage, another of the world’s greatest navigators, the Chinese admiral Zheng He (Cheng Ho), launched the first of the seven voyages he would lead across the Indian Ocean between 1405 and 1433. This international conference focuses both on Zheng He’s epic voyages in the early fifteenth century, and on China’s millennia of relations with the Indian Ocean world (extending from East Africa and the Middle East through South and Southeast Asia to the Far East). Conference themes will include ecological diversity and interconnections, transportation over land and sea, the migration of plants, animals and people, the exchange of goods and gifts, contacts through diplomacy and warfare, the spread of religions and technologies, as well as other forms of interactions between China and the Indian Ocean world from ancient to modern times, especially around Zheng He’s era. The conference’s working languages will be English and Chinese, and papers can be written and presented in either language. The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), at the University of Victoria, is organizing the conference.

The deadline for submission of abstracts (maximum 300 words) and personal contact information is February 15, 2014. The deadline for submission of papers in English or Chinese (max. 10,000 words in MS Word) is July 31, 2014.


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