CONF, Marco Polo Conference, 10-11 October 2017 at Tübingen University

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Marco Polo Research: Past, Present, Future 

Tübingen, 10-11 October 2017 


Tue, 10.10.2017 


Welcome Address by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Tübingen, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leonhardt 

Introduction, Hans Ulrich Vogel, Ulrich Theobald 

Past Researches, Current Work, and Future Investigations on the Devisament du monde of Marco Polo, Philippe Ménard 


1. Le Divisament dou monde: Transmission and Stylistic Issues of the Text(s) 


The Textual Transmission of the Divisament dou monde: Old Problems and New Insights, Alvise Andreose 

On the Way to an Integral Edition of the Book of Marco Polo: A First Attempt to Create a Digital Version, Eugenio Burgio, Mario Eusebi, Samuela Simion 



13:00-14:00 Lunch Break 


“Déviations”: Le Divisament dou monde and the World Empire of Letters, Sharon Kinoshita 

Who Read Marco Polo’s Book and what for? Christine Gadrat 


Coffee Break until 16:00 


The Illuminated Manuscripts: Words and Images in Establishing a Late Pattern of Perception of the Theme of Oriental Travelling, Marcello Ciccuto 

Literary Styles in the Devisament du Monde, Danièle James-Raoul 

Exotism in Marco Polo’s Accounts, with a Focus on his Return from Asia, Dominique Boutet 



19:00 Dinner 


Wed, 11.10.2017 

2. Marco Polo, his Reports and his Time 


Marco Polo on Nestorianism, Tang Li 

The Ancestors of Marco’s Marvels: Mirabilia mundi in Latin Travel Reports of the 13th century, Johannes Gießauf 


Coffee Break until 10:00 


On Yuan Dynasty Money, Helen Wang 

The Military System of the Yuan Dynasty, Ulrich Theobald 



12:00-14:00 Lunch break 


Persia - A Strategical Place in the Devisament du monde: Order and Disorder in the Progress of the Narrative, Michèle Guéret-Laferté 

Three Mongolian Toponyms of Marco Polo’s Cambaluc, Dang Baohai 

On the Custom of Sexual Hospitality in Marco Polo’s the Description of the World, Luo Wei 


Coffee Break until 16:00 


Marco Polo’s Crouching Dragons and Hidden Tigers, Hans Ulrich Vogel 

The Description of the City of Quinsai in the Early Tradition of the Devisament dou monde, Guiseppe Mascherpa 

Tibet in the Major Versions of Marco Polo, Michel Quereuil 


Final Discussion, Hans Ulrich Vogel, Alvise Andreose 


19:00 Dinner