University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Premodern Encounters Colloquium, "Race and Empire in the Premodern World"

February 2, 2023

Speakers for this colloqium event are Shao-yun Yang, Denison University, author of The Way of the Barbarians: Redrawing Ethnic Boundaries in Tang and Song China (2019) and Michael Gomez, NYU, author of African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (2018).


Each colloquium brings together two scholars whose recent work engages with similar themes from different cultural and temporal eras. Rather than delivering formal talks, speakers will initiate a dialogue that places their related works in conversation. Participants are encouraged to have read their books in advance and will be invited to attend a casual pre-discussion of these works prior to the colloquium. Hard copy and .pdfs of scholarship will be made available to colloquium participants upon request.  Contact Deborah McGrady ( for information.

Homer Statue
In Person (Location TBD)
5:00-7:00 PM (EST)