On January 29th 2021, the first “Asian Conference on the Ancient world” international academic conference was successfully held online. The conference was organized by the Research Centre for History and Culture (RCHC), in the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at Beijing Normal University (BNU), and by the General Education Office of Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC).
25 scholars from various countries of the world (Singapore, India, Australia, the United States, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom), as well as Beijing, Zhejiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan attended the conference. During the conference, 25 papers were presented to share the latest research results in the field of ancient civilizations.
Prof. Chen Zhi, Director of RCHC and Prof. Li Jiayong, Deputy Dean of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at BNU, delivered opening speeches for the conference.
Prof. Chen Zhi expressed his warmest welcome and sincere appreciation to the participants and hoped that this conference would provide the opportunity for personal exchange of research results, facilitate new acquaintances and strengthen personal friendship among participants from different parts of the world. Prof. Chen also introduced the vision and mission of RCHC and highlighted the book series “Ancient Languages and Cultures” and the academic journal “Old world. Journal of Ancient Africa and Eurasia”, published by the research center in collaboration with Brill Publishing House.
Prof. Li Jiayong expressed his congratulations for the success of the international conference and briefly introduced the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at BNU to the participants. He also affirmed the contribution of RCHC to the academic exchanges and friendship between BNU and UIC.
After the opening ceremony, 25 scholars from China and from abroad presented their papers on the ancient civilizations of Africa, Europe, and Asia, as well as of pre-colonial Americas and Oceania. Papers concerned different aspects of these civilizations, including history, archaeology, art and architecture, philology, literature, philosophy, religion studies, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, etc. according to a holistic perspective of people in all their material and cultural manifestations. The papers were organized in different sessions: one Chinese session and two parallel English panels. The two English panels had different subsections according to their area, such as South-East Asia, South Asia, the Ancient Middle East and the Ancient Mediterranean. This subdivision created thematic links among papers devoted to different disciplines of the same geographical area.
The conference attracted over 300 viewers, who actively communicated with the speakers. As the first international conference of RCHC, the conference has been a great success.
The RCHC plans to publish the proceedings of the Conference by Brill. Speakers have been already notified about technical details for their submission, and many of them have already adhered to the initiative.