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History from Between: Global Circulations of the Past in East Asia and Eur...

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The East Asian Uses of the European Past project, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area, is proud to announce a one-day conference on 1 April 2019 to discuss the creation of historical knowledge between East Asia and Europe from 1600-1950. In thematic panels and keynote talks, we will explore how ideas about the past circulated and were repurposed within East Asian networks of exchange. Some of the questions we will consider include: how did East Asian actors use their understanding of European expansion to burnish their own colonial aspirations? What does it mean to say the Chinese had a ‘Middle Ages’—originally a way of talking about the history of and for Europeans? How might the maritime narratives of East Asians challenge how the past of cultural others is viewed?

The event will run from 10am-5pm in the British Library Knowledge Centre and the Conference programme is as follows:

10am: Registration and Coffee
British Library, Knowledge Centre

11am: British Library Welcome

11.10am – 12.40pm: Panel 1: Oceans, Islands, and Imperial Expansion in East Asia

  • Leigh Jenco (LSE): Chen Di’s Record of Formosa: A Chinese Anti-Imperial Text in European Comparative Perspective

  • Birgit Tremml-Werner (University of Zurich): The Historiography of Maritime Expansion in Meiji Japan

  • Martin Dusinberre (University of Zurich): A Cambridge don, his Japanese student, and the future “Pacific age"


12.40pm- 1.40pm: Lunch and networking

1.40pm – 3.pm: Keynote Lecture 1
Timothy Brook (University of British Columbia): Picturing the World: Chinese Uses of European Cartography

3pm – 3.15pm: Coffee break and networking

3.15pm – 4.45pm: Panel 2: Entangled Histories

  • David Mervart (University of Madrid): A Text as a Global Crossroads: Engelbert Kaempfer’s History of Japan and Its Unexpected Career…in Japan.

  • Joachim Kurtz (University of Heidelberg): The Middle Ages Between China and Europe

  • Lorenzo Andolfatto (University of Heidelberg): Building Utopias in China and England

4..45pm – 5.15pm: Coffee break and networking

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