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History in the Making



David Pomfret
University of Hong Kong Difficult histories, Dangerous Pasts: Childhood, Disease and Emotion in Colonial Asia


25 May 2017

7:00 p.m. (Drinks Reception) | 7:30 p.m. (Talk)
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
2 Caine Lane, Mid-Levels, Sheung Wan (map)



What role did children play in the history of Europeʼs empires? How did views of them support or undermine the colonial order or things? Why did individual childrenʼs sufferings from ʽtropicalʼ diseases provoke crises with imperial consequences?


In this talk, Professor David M. Pomfret, chairperson of the Department of History introduces findings from his recent, prize-winning book, Youth and Empire (Stanford University Press, 2016). Focusing upon debates about leprosy in colonial Asia the talk shows how the stories of individual children drove global exchanges that helped to construct modern medicine.


This event has been organized by the Department of History, the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, and the School of Humanities, HKU.


All are welcome. Registration is required. Register here.


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