As part of the broader “Leisure and Social Change Across Asia” project funded by the BU Humanities Foundation, the Eurasian Court Culture Workgroup focused on the members’ research and methodological concerns in the study of court cultures in Eurasia from a comparative perspective (Spring 2011 activities). The group later participated in the collaborative venture at Boston University, the Comparative Studies of the Premodern World Initiative. Currently some of its founding members (Professors Sharma and Menegon) participate in the BU Travel Literature Reading Group (see the 2015 workshop here).
Workgroup founding members and interests:
Gina Cogan (formerly Assistant Prof., BU, Dept. of Religion): The Japanese imperial court and religion in the early modern period
Emine Fetvaci (Associate Prof., BU, Dept. of Art History): Art, history writing, and politics at the Ottoman court
Eugenio Menegon (Associate Prof., BU, Dept. of History): Europeans at the Qing court
Sunil Sharma (Professor, BU, Dept. of Modern Langs. and Comp. Lits.): The politics of Persianate court poetry in Persia and Mughal India