Convenor: Paolo Sartori
Editor-in-Chief of JESHO Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

The JESHO Lecture Series on Asian History takes stock of recent historiographical interest in the study of Asia, which brings into conversation the connected dimension of world history and local genealogies of cultural change. It invites scholars working on different parts of Asia from the medieval period to the 20th century to consider political and cultural dynamics in the continent from the perspectives of their own periods, regions, and materials (the Perso-Islamicate World, South, Southeast and Far-East Asia). The aim of this lecture series is to highlight cutting-edge research on distinct fields of Asian studies and reflect on what certain socio-cultural formations might signify for the histories of individual regions and for the history of Asia as a whole.


JESHO – Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

JESHO publishes original research articles in Asian, Near, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies across history. The journal promotes world history from Asian and Middle Eastern perspectives and it challenges scholars to integrate cultural and intellectual history with economic, social and political analysis. JESHO encourages debate across disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. Published since 1958, JESHO is the oldest and most respected journal in its field.

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Past JESHO lectures and events

Julius Goltzius, Allegory of Asia, from The Four Continents, ca. 1560–1590, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, © The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949.