Leisure/Court Culture/Travel

As part of  the broader “Leisure and Social Change Across Asia” project funded by the BU Humanities Foundation (see final volume, 2019), 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, and the resulting volume in 2018).

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