The Mongol Empire's Zoominar


The Mongol Empire's Zoominar
organized by Michal Biran (HUJI); Jonathan Brack (BGU); Wonhee Cho (Korean Academy of Sciences) and operating since April 2020 aims to bring together scholars from around the world who are interested in the Mongol Empire in an informal, informative, and friendly setting. We discuss work-in-progress, topics of common interest,  and new directions in the field. Hosted and supported by the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asia Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the  Zoominar meets on zoom once a month, on Fridays afternoon (Israeli time)The Zoominar welcomes new participants and presenters. If you would like to join our  meeting (and future ones) and/or present a paper, please email or Your email should include a brief introduction and the reasons for your interest in joining. 



Early History of the Black Death in Central Asia

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 811 0867 5230
Passcode: 98983

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December 17th,  1430 (IST time) "Knowledge and Empire" with:  

Jinsong Guo (Peking University), “Measuring the Greatest Empire: Khubilai Khan's Astro-Geodetic Survey.” 

Yoichi Isahaya (Hokkaido University), "Knowledge-Integration vs. Knowledge-Conversion: Mongols' Imperial Attitude toward Sciences."

Tunç Şen (Columbia University), "The Extent of Imperial Need for Scientific Expertise: The Business of Astrologers at the Early Modern Ottoman Court."

Organizer and modifier: Qiao Yang (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin).



Fall 2020:

September 11, 2020: 

Manuscript Studies and the Mongol Empire: A Round Table.

Stefan Kamola (Eastern Connecticut State University), 

Bruno De Nicola (Goldsmiths), 

Yusen Yu (Oxford).


October 23, 2020:

Allies in Chaos: Korea during the Fall of the Mongol Empire and the Rise of a New East Asian Order

David Robinson (Colgate University)


November 20, 2020:

Bureaucracy and Ordo in Yuan China: The Empress Dowager’s Bureau

Ruth Dunnell (Kenyon College)



January 22, 2021, 1430 ISR: 

Roundtable: Environmental Histories of the Mongols:

Philip Slavin (University of Stirling),
"Not by Sword Only: Environmental Disasters in Chaghadaid Central Asia"
Kenneth Linden (Indiana University)
"Ancestors, Enemy of Livestock, and the Object of Mercy: Wolves in the Mongol Empire"
John Lee (Durham University)
"The Environmental Legacies of the Mongol Empire in Korea."
Moderator: Wonhee Cho (Academy of Korean Studies)


March 12, 2021, 1430 ISR

Ilkhanid Peripheries, Provinces and Dependencies - link to the recording

Zara Pogossian, Sara Nur Yildiz, Edith Chen

April 23 2021, 1430 ISR: 

The Wall: People and Ecology in Medieval Mongolia and China 

Gideon Shelach (HUJI)

May 28, 2021, 16:00 ISR: 

A Roundtable: Textiles and Empire 

Eiren Shea, Juliane von Fircks 

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