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Rethinking China and Europe: Connections and Comparisons

A day-long conference presented in conjunction with the Southern California China Colloquium

Saturday, November 10, 2007
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Organizer: Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom (History, UC Irvine)

10 am - 12:30 pm: Connections session (Bunche Hall, Rm. 6275)

Moderator: John Wills (University of Southern California)

RUTH ROGASKI (Vanderbilt University), "In Search of Mount Changbai: Creating Imperial Knowledge of a Manchu Homeland"
Commentator: Charlotte Furth (University of Southern California)

ROBERT BICKERS (University of Bristol), "Linked by Light: The Chinese Maritime Customs and the Lighting of the China Coast"
Commentator: Ted Huters (UCLA)

RICHARD HOROWITZ (Cal State University Northridge), "War and Political Globalization in China, 1856-1860"
Commentator: Emily Rosenberg (University of California Irvine)

12:30 - 2:00: Lunch break and SPECIAL LUNCHTIME TALK (some details still to be finalized, further information forthcoming, Bunche Hall, Rm. 6275):
MARCIA REED, the Getty Research Getty Center's Head of Collection Development, will join the workshop to speak about and show images from a new Getty exhibition, "China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century," for which she is co-curator.

2:00 - 4:30: Comparisons session (Bunche Hall Rm. 6275)

Moderator: Sarah Farmer (University of California Irvine)

WENSHENG WANG (University of California Irvine), "White Lotus Rebels and South China Pirates: Encompassing Contentious Crises in the Qing Empire, 1796-1810"
Commentator: Lynn Hunt (UCLA)

WAI-KIT CHOI (Cal State University Los Angeles), "Unfree Labor under Capitalism: From the British Master and Servant Act to Shanghai's Contract Labor"
Commentator: Thomas Bernstein (Columbia University)

KATHRYN EDGERTON-TARPLEY (San Diego State University), "Making Sense of Famine: Late-Qing and Late-Victorian Visions of the Incredible Famine of 1876-1879"
Commentator: Kenneth Pomeranz (University of California, Irvine)

5:00 - 6:30: Chinese State Socialist Culture/European State Socialist Culture: A Conversation amidst Artifacts and Displays*

*This session will be held away from UCLA, at the Wende Museum in Culver City and take an unusual form.
For information about the Museum, which is devoted to documenting life and art in Cold War-era Eastern Europe, go to its website:
The session will begin with a brief tour of the museum led by Justinian Jampol (Wende Museum founder and director).
Next materials from the Long Bow Group's Cultural Revolution website, , will be shown to provide a brief visual intrdouction to propaganda and rituals of China's Maoist era. And, finally, a discussion of comparisons and connections will be led by Russianist Choi Chatterjee (Cal State L.A.) and China specialist Jeffrey Wasserstrom (UCI).


Robert Bickers
Professor of Historical Studies, University of Bristol. Professor Bickers specializes in modern China, and the history of colonialism, and in particular of the British empire and its relations with China and the history of Shanghai (1843-1950s). His wWork in this field includes the books Britain in China (1999), and Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (2003) (winner of the Winner of the 2004 American Historical Association Forkosch Prize for post-1485 British and British imperial history), a biography of Maurice Tinkler (1898-1939), a British member of the Shanghai Municipal Police. This is at once the study of a man's life in a world opened up by empire, of a quasi-colonial organ of British power in Shanghai, and of the city of Shanghai itself during its inter-war spree. His interest in the world of British colonialism more broadly underpins the new volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire companion series that he is editing on British communities across the worlds of formal and informal empire. He is also interested in cemeteries and photographs and their post-colonial lives.

Wai Kit Choi
Assistant Professor of Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles. Professor Choi's research interests include comparative sociology, urban sociology, and contemporary globalization. Professor Choi's publications appear in Contemporary Sociology, Postcolonial Studies (forthcoming) and in various edited volumes, including Labor versus Empire: Race, Gender, Migration (Gilbert G.G. Gonzalez, et al., eds. Taylor & Francis, 2004).

Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley
Associate Professor of History, San Diego State University. Professor Tarpley researches late imperial and modern Chinese history; cultural, social and gender history; and comparative responses to trauma and disaster. Her recent publications focus on famine in nineteenth-century China, and she is presently beginning a new project on the Mao-era Great Leap Famine.

Richard S. Horowitz
Associate Professor of History, California State University, Northridge. Professor Horowitz’s research interests focus on the history of China and world/comparative history since 1800. He is currently working on a book on China and political globalization in the long nineteenth century. His publications include “International Law and State Transformation in China, Siam, and the Ottoman Empire during the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of World History, 15.4 (2004).

Ruth Rogaski
Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University. Professor Rogaski teaches the history of modern China. She also has teaching and research interests in the history of medicine, the history of science, and gender history. She has written on a variety of topics including orphanages, germ warfare, and martial arts. Her book-length works include Hygienic Modernity (2004), a study of changing concepts of health and hygiene in nineteenth and twentieth century China, and a second work in progress, The Nature of Manchuria, about the role of the biological sciences in the formation of Asian empires.

Wensheng Wang
Mellon/ACLS Fellow and doctoral candidate in History, University of California Irvine. Mr. Wang's research focuses on social upheaval and state buildings during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with particular emphasis upon the chaotic period around 1800 when the Jiaqing Emperor and his officials had to contend with White Lotus rebels and serious outbreaks of highly organized piracy.

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by 

The Asia Institute with grant funds from a Department of Education Title VI grant to the Joint East Asia Studies Center

 and by

The University of California Irvine Center for East Asian Studies



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Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Institute

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