Keynote lecture and workshop: Egypt Over the Longue Duree, 13-14 May 2016

For as far back as we can see, Egypt has had extraordinary geopolitical significance, on its own account and as part of the empires of others. But this must be understood in part as a consequence of Egypt’s cultural and commercial significance since earliest times: the product of its unique agrarian ecology, its role as the entrepot of trade between the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Africa, and its status as a centre of high culture and cultural exchange.  Yet despite its importance in Eurasian and Global history, and the prestige of Egyptology, Egypt’s history has been poorly integrated into the larger themes of world and global history, and (with the exception of Ancient Egypt) has attracted little attention beyond the specialist audiences. This workshop seeks to re-connect Egyptian history with these larger themes, and (simultaneously) to apply an Egyptian perspective to some of the major historiographical debates in Eurasian and global history.

Draft programme (subject to change)

Friday 13th May 2016 – Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College

5.00pm-6.30pm:  Opening Keynote Lecture
Timothy Mitchell (Columbia), ‘The New Histories of Capitalism: Who Gets the Credit?’

Saturday 14th May 2016 – Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College

9.00-9.15am: Registration

9.15-9.30am: Welcome and introduction

9.30am-11.15am:
Dominic Rathbone (KCL), ‘Egypt: hub of Indo-Roman trade’
Marie Legendre (Aix-Marseille), ‘Pas de rayonnement dans la longue durée? Egypt as a cultural centre in the Early Islamic period’
Chair: Edward Zychowicz-Coghill (Worcester, Oxford)

11.15am-11.30am: Refreshments

11.30am-1.15pm:
Jeremy Johns (Khalili Research Centre, Oxford), ‘Courts, Palaces and the Transfer of Ideas and Technology in Medieval Egypt’
Christopher Tyerman (Hertford, Oxford), ”The lap-dog yapping at the mastiff’: Egypt and the Crusades’
Chair: Andrew Wilson (All Souls, Oxford)

1.15pm-2.15pm: Lunch

2.15pm-4.00pm:
Nicolas Michel (Institut français d’archéologie orientale, Cairo), ‘Village Communities in Ottoman Egypt’ 
Nelly Hanna (American University in Cairo), ‘Craft Production and International Trade 1600-1800’ 
Chair: John Darwin (Nuffield, Oxford)

4.00pm-4.15pm: Refreshments

4.15pm-6.00pm:
Lucie Ryzova (Birmingham), ‘The Egyptian Modern: Efendi modernity in a global perspective’
Hussein Omar (Oxford), ‘’The Rule of Strangers’: Early Islamic history in the Veiled Protectorate, 1882-1914’
Chair: Eugene Rogan (Oxford)

6.00pm-6.30pm: Closing remarks – John Darwin, Eugene Rogan, Mark Whittow, Chris Wickham

This event is supported by the University of Oxford Fell Fund.