The International History Conference: East Asia in Global Perspective: Transnational Movement and Exchange in the Age of Empire, c. 1850-1950
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The International History Conference: East Asia in Global Perspective: Transnational Movement and Exchange in the Age of Empire, c. 1850-1950 was held on 24 and 25 May 2019 at The Education University of Hong Kong. Organised by the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, the event was enjoyed by more than 50 international history experts, scholars, researchers and students.
The conference provided a forum to discuss the social, political, and cultural implications of the Japanese and Euro-American colonial presence in East Asia from the mid-nineteenth century to the Second World War, and aimed to bring together scholars working in the fields of global, transnational and imperial history, East Asian Studies, and related disciplines, to explore the myriad ways in which both imperial powers and East Asian colonies and treaty ports were shaped by the colonial encounter.
Dr Donna Brunero, Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore and Professor Simon Potter, Head of Department of History at the University of Bristol were invited as the keynote speakers at the conference. Dr Brunero delivered a speech on “From Model Junks to The Pirate Wind: Crafting Knowledge on the Asian Maritime World”, examining the nature and extent of the intersections between maritime and the imperial in “crafting” the waters of colonial Asia. Furthermore, Professor Potter discussed how radio broadcasting played a benign international role in the 1920s and 1930s while on the other hand became a new weapon in the armoury of all the major powers with a title of “Wireless Internationalism and Wireless Imperialism, 1922-1939”.
In addition to the keynote speeches, there were 27 papers presented in the two-day conference in five parallel panels under nine themes by historians from Hong Kong, mainland China, France, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Switzerland the United Kingdom and the United States.