Online Book Talk: Bedouin Bureaucrats Mobility and Property in the Ottoman Empire

Online Event

Speaker: Dr. Nora Elizabeth (Stanford University) Respondent: Dr. Elvan Cobb (Hong Kong Baptist University) 16 November 2023 (12-1:30 pm) In the late nineteenth century, the Ottoman government sought to fill landscapes they legally defined as "empty." Both land and people were incorporated into territorially bounded grids of administrative law. Bedouin Bureaucrats examines how tent-dwelling, seasonally migrating Bedouin […]

Research Seminar: The Enlightenment on the Margins? Russia’s Libertine Century

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Igor Fedyukin Associate Professor of History, ShanghaiTech University The Enlightenment on the Margins? Russia's Libertine Century The public perception of eighteenth-century Russia is dominated by the imagery of sexual license and debauchery, as two recent mini-series featuring Hellen Mirren and Elle Fanning, respectively, recently reminded us. Yet, amazingly, what we actually know about Russia's age of […]

[Book Talk] The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge with Dr. Joshua Ehrlich

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The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge with Dr. Joshua Ehrlich Respondent: Prof. James Fichter The East India Company is remembered as the world's most powerful, not to say notorious, corporation. But for many of its advocates from the 1770s to the 1850s it was also the world's most enlightened one. Joshua Ehrlich […]

Postponed [Asian Legal History Seminar Series] Boats in a Storm Law, Migration, and Decolonization in South and Southeast Asia, 1942–1962

Speaker: Dr. Kalyani Ramnath (University of Georgia) Respondent: Dr. Christopher Roberts (Chinese University of Hong Kong) 7 March 2024, 8:00 pm For more than century before World War II, traders, merchants, financiers, and laborers steadily moved between places on the Indian Ocean, trading goods, supplying credit, and seeking work. This all changed with the war […]

[Writing Lab] Doing History 101: Workshops in Historical Research

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New format this semester! Sharpen your skills in reading and writing History with two hands-on sessions.   Digging into primary sources (NEW TIME, NEW VENUE) 26 March, Tuesday, 4:00pm-5:00pm (Venue: CPD4.16) Why do historians place such importance on primary sources?  How might we look for relevant materials? How best are we to approach these documents? […]

[Asian Legal History Seminar Series] Family, Law, and Politics in Asian Legal History: Book Discussion

Online Event

Family, Law, and Politics in Asian Legal History: Book Discussion Speakers: Saumya Saxena (O.P. Jindal Global University), Mara Yue Du (Cornell University) Respondent: Michael Ng, Alastair McClure Divorce and Democracy: A History of Personal Law in Post-Independence India This book captures the Indian state's difficult dialogue with divorce, mediated largely through religion. By mapping the […]

[BOOK TALK] Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773-1776

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Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773-1776 Speaker: Professor James Fichter (HKU) Respondent: Dr. Noah Shusterman (CUHK) Chair: Dr. Staci Ford (HKU) In Tea, James R. Fichter reveals that despite the so-called Boston Tea Party in 1773, two large shipments of tea from the East India Company survived and were ultimately drunk in North America. Their survival shaped […]

13th Spring History Symposium: Making Modern Identities

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13th Spring History Symposium Making Modern Identities   The Department of History at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to host the 13th Spring History Symposium at HKU on 3 and 4 May 2024.   The theme of this year’s Symposium is Making Modern Identities. The modern era has given rise to myriad systems for […]