Civilizations in Contact
Civilizations in Contact is a registered charity (1148995), which aims to promote greater understanding between today's world cultures by demonstrating how those cultures and civilizations interconnected and interacted in the past.
The charity grew out of a research project within the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. The project, which took place from 2008 to 2011, investigated and mapped various ways in which civilizations and cultures made contact through trade, travel and other forms of exchange (up to the year 1800).
One of the results of this research was an awareness that a better understanding of the interconnections and exchanges between civilizations in the past could have a profound impact on relations between peoples and cultures in the modern world. The independent charity was founded in 2012 to present the research to the general public and help provide a more cohesive view of world history, which could in turn lead to greater understanding between cultures.
Civilizations in Contact intends to share this information with new audiences in two ways:
- By creating a web-based history learning resource that will help children and adults explore history creatively
- By engaging in educational outreach activities
Civilizations in Contact is a public engagement project connected to the University of Cambridge.