Crossroads – History of Interaction in the Eurasian, Indian Ocean & Asia-Pacific Worlds
This research focus investigates on the variety of interactions, communication and exchange relations in the macro-region from Eurasia, East Asia, the Asia-Pacific, and Indian Ocean Worlds across land and sea routes. Major emphasis will be placed on the transfer of science and technologies, commodity and product exchange, trade, cultural aspects in their widest interpretation, religions, as well as migration and the organisation of functioning networks.
We will analyse continental and maritime exchange and transfer of knowledge, ideas, products and people, including forms of migration. To this end, we will particularly investigate forms of interaction that have been important in both the past and the present, such as military (including geographical knowledge as portrayed in maps; weapons, horses, or provisions); medical knowledge and medicinal products, including diseases; aspects of culture (such as food, music) and religion (such as Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam); and historical naval enterprises and maritime commerce.
Networks/links within the department (alphabetical order): Prof. Dr. Helga Embacher (Islam, Naher Osten, Jüdische Geschichte), Prof. Dr. Sylvia Hahn (Migration), Prof. Norbert Ortmayer, Prof. Dr. Reinhold Reith (Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Umweltgeschichte), Prof. Dr. Arno Strohmeyer (Interkulturelle Religionsgeschichte)