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Online-Workshop: China and Global History

Monday, 23 August 2021

September 1-3, 2021, the international workshop on China and Global History will be held online

Since the late 20th century, the concept of Global History has gained increasing popularity in Western academia. Global History generally denotes a perspective of history which includes various levels of analysis beyond the nation-state-focused mainstream of modern-era historiography. In recent decades, translations of the term and discussions of its relevance have increasingly entered the academic discourse in China as well.

The aim of the present workshop is to support academic networking, exchange, and discussion among young researchers interested in China-related global history and historiography. Participants are presenting their current research with regard to topics concerning China in a Global History context.

Organizers: Sebestyén Hompot (Uni Wien), Sabine Hinrichs (Uni Wien), Tanja Kotik (Uni Graz)




(All dates and times of the schedule are displayed in Central European Summer Time - CEST / UTC+2)

01 September 2021

13:30 – 14:00 / Opening notes
Panel 1: Pre-Modern China’s Global History and Global Historiography
Chair & commentator: Prof. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (University of Vienna)

14:00 – 15:00 / Keynote
Elke Papelitzky, Ph.D. (KU Leuven): Thinking About the World in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century China

15:05 – 15:50 / Ilia Kolnin (Russian Academy of Sciences), Imperial China and Its Perception of Itself and the Foreign With a Focus on Mainland Southeast Asia During the Yuan-Ming Transition

15:50 – 16:35 / Maxim Korolkov (Heidelberg University / Russian Academy of Sciences), Networks, Empires, World-Systems: The Dynamics of Early Sinitic Empires, ca. 300 BCE – 300 CE

Coffee break with breakout rooms.

Panel 2: China’s Imperial Histories and Their Impact in the Modern Era
Chair & commentator: Prof. Michael Brose (Indiana University)

17:00 – 18:00 / Keynote
Prof. Timothy Brook (University of British Columbia): Mongols in a Chinese World, Chinese in a Mongol World: Legacies of the Great State

18:05 – 18:50 / Sabine Hinrichs (University of Vienna), Unquestionably „Chinese“? The Mongol World Empire in Modern Chinese Historiography

18:50 – 19:35 / Sebestyén Hompot (University of Vienna), The Zheng He Missions in Global History and Their Impact on Chinese Historiography in the Belt & Road Era

19:35 – 20:20 / Rong Wu (Cambridge University), Drawing From a Global Repertoire: Constitution-Making in Early Republican China, 1912–1914

02 September 2021

Panel 3: China and Global Economic History of the Modern Era
Chair & commentator: Anna Belogurova, Ph.D. (Free University of Berlin)

10:00 – 11:00 / Keynote
Steve Rolf, Ph.D. (University of Sussex): Back to the Future - China's New State Capitalism and Its Global Implications

11:05 – 11:50 / Tanja Kotik (University of Graz), Locating the Chinese Enterprise System in the Historical Trajectory of Global Capitalism - A World-Systems Perspective

11:50 – 12:35 / Gus Tsz-Kit Chan (University of Leipzig), Historical China in a Global Public Sphere: The Lijin Discourse in The Eastern Miscellany

12:35 – 13:20 / Alice Trinkle (Free University of Berlin), The Development of Liberal Economic Thinking in China in Exchange With the (Post) Socialist World, 1978 – 2001

Coffee break with breakout rooms.

Panel 4: Entangled Global Histories of the 20th Century
Chair & commentator: Carles B. Broggi, Ph.D. (Open University of Catalonia)

15:05 – 15:50 / Morgan Rocks (College of the Holy Cross / University of British Columbia), The Spain in Chinese Hearts: Communists, Anarchists, the Spanish Civil War, and Global Anti-Fascism

15:50 – 16:35 / Rossella Roncati (Ca’Foscari University of Venice / Heidelberg University), Chinese-Italian Women’s Cooperation During the Early Cold War Era

16:35 – 17:20 / Wang Shangshang (LMU Munich), Cosmopolitanism and Evolutionary Imaginations in Late Qing and Republican China, 1906–1937

03 September 2021

Panel 5: Global Historiography in Modern and Contemporary China
Chair & commentator: Polina Rysakova, Ph.D., Ass. Prof. (Saint Petersburg University)

10:05 – 10:50 / Sebas Ruemke (University of Hamburg / Fudan University), The Invention of Wei Yuan as the Pioneer of Modern Chinese World/Global History

10:50 – 11:35 / Wu Qiuhong (Beijing Foreign Studies University), The View of Interaction and Integration in Wang Tongling's History of Oriental Countries (language of presentation: Chinese)

11:35 – 12:20 / Stephanie Ziehaus (University of Vienna / Palacky University Olomouc), The Qing Empire Between „Old“ Imperialism and New Imperial History

Panel 6: „Gu wei jin yong?“ - Using the Past to Serve the Present?
Chair & commentator: Prof. Dr. Axel Schneider (University of Göttingen)

15:30 – 16:30 / Keynote - Dr. Sinkwan Cheng (Duke University): Use the Past to Remake the Present or Use Western Learning to Remake China? — Two Interpretations of Geming in China’s Response to Imperialism in the Early Twentieth Century

16:35 – 17:20 / Frederik Schmitz (University of Bonn), Usage of Pre-Modern Narratives for Contemporary Great Power Politics

17:40 – 18:25 / Lucas Brang (University of Cologne), When National Revanchism Meets Disciplinary Self-Doubt: China’s Rise and the Politics of Global Legal History

18:25 – 18:45 / Concluding remarks

Contact for further questions:
E-Mail: sebestyen.hompot@univie.ac.at


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