Moralism, Fundamentalism, and the Rhetoric of Decline in Eurasia, 1600–1900
A two-day core conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library organized by Clark Professors Andrea S. Goldman and Gabriel Piterberg, (UCLA)
Friday, November 16, 2012
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron St.
The Clark and Center core program for 2012–2013 explores responses to crises and upheavals in early modern landed empires, with special focus on the Ottoman and Qing empires. In particular, we will investigate the perceptions of temporary collapses of state power in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Detecting tendencies toward moralism and perceived decline in elite discourses and state policies, we will look at the ways such concerns were expressed in the domains of institutional and educational reforms, sexual mores, and cultural representation. We will also examine how social boundaries were both rigidified and contested at such moments of transition. We hope to discern shared patterns across Eurasia as well as trajectories specific to each political entity.
Session 1—Moralism and the Rhetoric of Decline in Seventeenth-Century Eurasia
The background for this conference is the sixteenth-century price revolution in Eurasia and the attendant political and social crises of the first half of the seventeenth century. It will focus on two phenomena. The first is the religious movements and discourses of moral purification, which ranged from sexual mores to people’s attire when they appeared in the public domain. Papers on this theme will consider whether this may have been a reaction to what Walter Andrews has termed the "age of beloveds." The second phenomenon is the proliferation of literatures of decline, in which bureaucrats and intellectuals tried to diagnose what was wrong with their states and societies, and to prescribe solutions accordingly. Papers on this topic will go beyond the limitations of content analysis and positivist reading, and will consider its social, literary and rhetorical dimensions.
Registration Deadline: November 9, 2012
Registration Fees: $20 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
All students, UC faculty and staff may register via e-mail by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Students should be prepared to provide their current University ID at the conference.
Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.
Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.
SCHEDULE: Friday, November 16th
Morning Coffee and Registration
Barbara Fuchs, University of California, Los Angeles Welcome
Andrea S. Goldman and Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles
Session 1: Decline Across Seventeenth-Century Eurasia Revisited
Chair: Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles
Linda T. Darling, University of Arizona
The Ottoman Decline Literature as a Social Phenomenon: An Interim Report
Siyen Fei, University of Pennsylvania
Late Ming Urban Decline: Myth or Reality?
Discussant: Zirwat Chowdhury, Ahmanson-Getty Fellow
Session 2: Piety and Crisis across Seventeenth-Century Eurasia
Chair: Sebouh Aslanian, University of California, Los Angeles
Derin Terzioğlu, Boğaziçi University
Piety in a Disenchanted World: 'Sunnitizing' Sufi Preachers and the Crisis of the Ottoman State in the Early Seventeenth Century
Jiang Wu, University of Arizona
Chinese Zen Monk Yinyuan (1592–1673) and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia
Discussant: Spencer Jackson, Ahmanson-Getty Fellow
Session 3: Morality and Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Eurasia
Chair: Charlotte Furth, Professor Emerita, University of Southern California
Nir Shafir, University of California, Los Angeles
Nasihat and Knowledge: Moral and Knowledge Order in Seventeenth- Century Ottoman Advice Manuals
John R. Williams, Colorado College
Moralizing Fortune: Examination Discourse and Dynastic Change in Seventeenth-Century China
Discussant: Ying Zhang, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles
Sponsor(s): Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies