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CANCELED: Blue-Water Horizon: One Thousand Years of the Sino-Southeast Asian Embrace

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event

Please join us for a lecture with:

Eric Tagliacozzo, Professor of History

Cornell University


Moderated by:

Lien-Hang NguyenDorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia

Columbia University


This presentation takes a macro-historical look at how diasporas, trade, and networks developed in the “adolescence” of Sino-Southeast Asian contact, in the time-period roughly covered by the thousand years between 600 and 1600 CE.  We know very little about the “infancy” of these dealings, in the years before the T’ang. But by that dynasty, patterns of contact slowly began to develop on a more systemic basis, particularly with some of the coastal landscapes of Monsoon Asia, into and including the Indian Ocean.  I examine the growth and eventual flourishing of these interactions, especially through the power of commercial networks focused on certain specific commodities, and try to situate them in the larger milieu of what is often called the maritime silk road.  By focusing on export ceramics heading south, and marine biota heading north, we can learn much about how networks actually worked on the oceanic pathways of Asia.  Southeast Asia was the pivot between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean: two vast “blue-water horizons”.


Eric Tagliacozzo is the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University.  He is the author of Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale, 2005) which won the Harry Benda Prize from the Association of Asian Studies, and more recently of The Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Oxford, 2013).  He is also the editor or co-editor of ten other books, including the Asia Inside Outtrilogy, from Harvard University Press.  He is the Director of Cornell’s Comparative Muslim Societies Program (CMS), as well as Cornell’s Modern Indonesia Project (CMIP), and serves as editor of the journal INDONESIA.  His newest monograph, In Asian Waters: Charting Asia’s Maritime History From Yemen to Yokohama, will appear next year with Princeton University Press.

This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lectures and Panels event.

No registration required


March 12
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm