Call for Book Chapter Abstract: Genghis Khan’s Posthumous Life in Modern Eurasia

Fei Chen's picture
Call for Publications
October 1, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, European History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Islamic History / Studies

Dear All,


I would like to call for submission of abstracts to the following volume edited by Fei Chen (Associate Professor of Japanese and Chinese History, Shanghai Normal University).


Genghis Khan’s Posthumous Life in Modern Eurasia


Genghis Khan built the largest land empire that history has ever seen, one that, at its peak, ruled over a quarter of the entire population in the known world and stretched from the pacific ocean in the east to the Danube River and the shores of the Persian Gulf in the west, from Siberia in the north to Himalayas and Indochina in the south. The military expansion of the Mongol Empire instilled both fear and awe of its founder in the minds of people across Eurasia. The conquered subjects cursed him as the incarnation of terror while later rulers wanted to follow his steps to expand their territories. The unprecedented conquest, along with the intricate feelings it produced, generated numerous historical writings on Genghis Khan. A survey of these writings reveals that the scarcity of verifiable information about Genghis Khan’s early years is as stark as the volume of records of his later years. While generations of historians have managed to dig out even trivial scandals of his obscure concubines, we remain unsure about many basic facts about him, such as his exact birthdate. On the one hand, the lack of verifiable information about Genghis Khan continues to confuse and frustrate scholars who are eager to uncover the truth buried in the past. On the other hand, it subjects his life story to manipulation by those who attempt to borrow his aura or steal his thunder for their own agendas. This edited volume probes the complicated images of Genghis Khan produced in modern Eurasia, a region that was once ruled by him and his descendants.


The core issue addressed by the present study is the intricate relations between empires and their victims, rivals, and successors. The Mongol Empire not only split many kingdoms and empires, but also brought many regions and peoples under a common political formation for the first time in history. It sowed the seeds of both independence and re-unification, both resentment and emulation across Eurasia. This volume explores how these intricate sentiments are articulated through various discourses on Genghis Khan in the modern era. Intended as an interdisciplinary study, this book situates itself at the intersection of history, politics, and popular culture. It not only examines the discourses on Genghis Khan in academic studies and history textbooks, but also looks at government policies to promote or ban the commemoration of this historical figure, as well as the representations of this empire builder in the TV dramas, films, comics, and anime.


We welcome contribution from scholars in various disciplines, including but not limited to history, political science, cultural studies, literature, and media studies. Interested contributors are welcomed to submit a chapter abstract (300~500 words) and a CV to by October 1, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by October 20, 2020. As we plan to publish the edited volume in 2022, selected contributors are expected to submit their drafts of chapters (9000 ~ 12000 words) by August 1, 2021.