Modern China Seminar (Columbia University): Recent Years' Presentations
- October 14: Settling Business Disputes in China, JEROME A. COHEN.
- November 11: Nationalistic Contestation and Movement Politics: Railway Rights Recovery at the End of the Qing, MARY RANKIN.
- December 9: Military Culture in Eighteenth Century China, JOAN WALEY COHEN.
- February 10: When a House Becomes His Home: Male Property Investments and the Re-Commodification of Domestic Real Estate in Shanghai, DEBORAH DAVIS.
- March 16: Migrating for Marriage: Women, Economic Strategies and Social Mobility in Post-Mao China, CHRISTINA GILMARTIN.
- April 13: reappraisal of post 1949 Chinese history. WILLIAM KIRBY.
- September 14: Sino-Mongol Relations, 1986-2000: A Mongol Perspective, MORRIS ROSSABI, Professor of History, CUNY/Hunter College.
- October 12: Sex and the State: Taxing Prostitution in Republican China, ELIZABETH REMICK, Political Science Dept. Tufts University.
- November 9: Globalization and the Paradox of Participation, DOROTHY SOLINGER, Professor of Political Science, University of California/Irvine.
- December 14: Placing the Hundred Days: the 1898 Reforms as Urban History, RICHARD BELSKY, Assistant Professor of History, CUNY/Hunter College.
- February 8, 2001: The Tiananmen Papers, ANDREW NATHAN, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University.
- March 8: To Show and to Tell: The Creation of the First Chinese Museum, 1906-1930, QIN SHAO, Associate Professor of History, The College of New Jersey.
- April 12: Mediating Mandarins: Extending Qing Foreign Office Control Beyond Beijing, JENNIFER RUDOLPH, Assistant Professor of History, SUNY/Albany.
- May 10: Insinuation, Insult and Invective: The Thresholds of Power and Protest in Modern China, PATRICIA THORNTON, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Trinity College.
- September 13, 2001: Modernity and Writs of Passage in Late Imperial China: One Rural Community's Documentation of Contracts and Other Practical Understandings. MYRON COHEN, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University.
- October 11: Chinese Images of Japan in the 1990s: Balancing Partnership and Rivalry in a Great Power and Regional Context. GILBERT ROZMAN, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Princeton University.
- November 8: Central vs. Local Control Over Policing in Contemporary China and the Impact on Social Control. MURRAY SCOT TANNER, Professor of Political Science, Western Michigan University.
- December 13: The Evolving Shape of Elite Politics. JOSEPH FEWSMITH, Boston University.
- January 10, 2002: Macheng: Seven Centuries of Agrarian Violence in a Chinese County. WILLIAM T. ROWE, John and Diane Cooke Professor of History, the Johns Hopkins University.
- February 14, 2002: Problems of Nationalism in China Today: Student-Government Conflicts During the Nationalistic Protests. DINGXIN ZHAO, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago. (Event co-sponsored by Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University.)
- March 14: Identifying China's Northwest, for Nation and Empire. PETER C. PERDUE, T. T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations and Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- April 11: Yueju: Politics of Popular Culture in Modern China. JIN JIANG, Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies, Vassar College.
- September 12: The Political and Moral Implications of Grammar, Rhythm, and Other Formal Facets of Chinese Language, E. PERRY LINK, Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University
- October 10: Contracting Business Partnerships in Late Qing and Republican China: Paradigms and Patterns, ROBERT GARDELLA, Professor of History, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
- November 14: Chinese Birth Policy at the Turn of the Millenium: Program Change, Regime Shift, EDWIN WINCKLER, independent scholar
- December 12: From Ming He Yuan to the Sackler Museum: Art and Atrocity in One Corner of China, VERA SCHWARCZ, Professor of History, Wesleyan University
- February 13: Debating Self-Sufficiency: Mao and Zhou Confront the International Economy, CHRIS REARDON, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire
- March 13: Collaborationist Nationalism in the 1940s, MARGHERITA ZANASI, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History, University of Texas/Austin
- April 10: The World Trade Organization Viewed from Below: A Comparison of the Views of Migrant and Non-migrants in Urban China, PIERRE-FRANÇOIS LANDRY, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University.
- May 1: The Politics of Corruption in the PRC: The Yuanhua Smuggling Case in Xiamen, SHAWN SHIEH, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Marist College
- Sept. 11, 2003: Upstream, Downstram, China, India: The Politics of Environment in the Himalayan Region, JOSHUA MULDAVIN, Henry R. Luce Chair in Asian Studies and Human Geography, Sarah Lawrence College. Discussant: James D. Seymour.
- Oct. 9: Mediating Modernity: Textbook Publishing and the Spread of Ideas in Republican China, ROBERT CULP, Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at Bard College. Discussant: Jin Jiang.
- Nov. 13: Naval Warfare and the Refraction of China's Self-Strengthening Reforms into Scientific and Technological Failure After 1895, BENJAMIN ELMAN, Professor of East Asian Studies & History, Princeton University. Discussant: Moss Roberts.
- Dec. 11: How Muslim Minorities Negotiated Their Place in Chinese National Histories, ZVI BEN-DOR, Assistant Professor of World History, New York University. Discussant: Adam McKeown
- February 12: Eating Spring Rice: Gender, Disease and Transactional Sex in Sipsong Panna, SANDRA HYDE, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, McGill University. Discussant: Meg Davis.
- March 11: Journalism, Intellectuals, and the Philosophical Economy of Value in Republican China, REBECCA KARL, Associate Professor of History, New York University. Discussant: Dorothy Ko.
- April 8: Collapse Perhaps: The Stability of the Modern Chinese State, GORDON CHANG, independent scholar. Discussants: Elizabeth Economy and James D. Seymour
- May 6: The Colonial History of Western International Law: How American Law Became the Law of China After the Opiuim War, TEEMU RUSKULA, Assistant Professor of Law, American University. Discussant: Madeline Zelin.
- Sept. 9: Poverty and Educational Opportunity in Rural Western China, EMILY HANNUM, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. Discussant: Frank Kehl.
- Oct. 14: Remembering and Reshaping Tao Chengzhang: From Acclaimed Revolutionary to Marginalized Memory, KEITH SCHOPPA, Professor of History and Doehler Chair in Asian Studies, Loyola College. Discussant: Renqiu Yu.
- Nov. 11: The Lure of the New Repromedia and the World vs. Realities of Ownership and Audience Conservativism in Late '20s Shanghai, JAMES POLACHEK, independent scholar. Discussant: Mercedes Dujunco.
- Dec. 9: Pacifism in Imperial China, SHAOHUA HU, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wagner College. Discussant: Murray Rubenstsein.
- Feb. 3: Predicates for Regulatory Effectiveness in China, MICHAEL DOWDLE, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Washington.
- March 3: The Western Discourse on Communist Party-States, DAVID SHAMBAUGH, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University. (Paper e-mailed.)
- April 14: Urban Network and Medium Sized Cities in the Lower Yangzi, 1842-1937, XIN ZHANG, Associate Professor of History, University of Indiana.
- May 5: The Imagination of the Countryside in 1930s China, CATHERINE LYNCH, Associate Professor of History, Eastern Connecticut State University.
- Sept. 8: Gray Tuttle, Columbia University, Modern China-Tibet relations. Making China a Multi-Ethnic State? The Failure of Racial and Nationalist Ideologies in Republican China. Discussant: Uradyn Bulag, Hunter College.
- Oct. 6: Yang Guobin, Barnard College, Chinese sociology. Underground Culture among Sent-down Youth, 1968-1978. Discussant: Dorothy Ko, Barnard College.
- Nov. 10: Jing Tsu, Rutgers University. Different Science: Electric Bodies and Credulity in Early Twentieth-Century China. Discussant: Fan Fa-ti, SUNY Binghamton.
- Dec. 8: Fan Fa-ti, SUNY Binghamton. Nationalism, International Politics, and the Preservation of Antiquities in Republican China. Discussant: Adam McKeown, Columbia University.
Chinese Torture in World History.
Discussant: Robert Hymes.
- March 9: Michael Gasster.
Taking the Long View: How Shall We Assess the Qing's Place in Modern Chinese History?
Discussant: Joanna Waley-Cohen, NYU.
- April 20: Kristen Stapleton, University of Kentucky.
Popular Histories of China and the American Reading Public.
Discussant: Rob Culp, Bard College.
- May 4: Sanjay Reddy and Camelia Minoiu.
China's Poverty Reduction Experience since 1990.
Discussant: Carl Riskin, Columbia University.
Eugenia Lean, Columbia University.
Public Passions in 1930s China.
Discussant: Yang Guobin, Barnard College.
Zhang Li, UC Davis.
Intersecting Space, Class, and Consumption: The Making of the New Middle-Class after Mao.
Discussant: Rebecca Karl, New York University.
Shen Shuang, Rutgers University.
Adversary Cosmopolitanism: The History of Internationalism and Cross-Cultural Exchange in the 1930s.
Discussant: Adam McKeown, Columbia University.
Annie Reinhardt, Williams College.
National Capitalism in Context: Lu Zuofu’s Minsheng Company and ‘Saving the Nation through Enterprise,’ 1925-1952.
Discussant: Madeleine Zelin, Columbia University.
Dorothy Solinger, University of California, Irvine.
The Nexus of Democratization: Guanxi and Governance in Taiwan and the PRC.
Discussant: Myron Cohen, Columbia University.
Pat Giersch, Wellesley College.
Title: Copper, Caravans, and Empire: Long-distance Commerce and the Transformation of Southwest China.
Discussant: Joanna Waley-Cohen.
Larissa Heinrich, University of New South Wales.
“What’s Hard for the Eye to See”: Anatomical Aesthetics from Benjamin Hobson to Lu Xun.
Discussant: Fa-ti Fan.
Peter Carroll, Northwestern University.
Policing the City for Commerce.
Discussant: Richard Belsky, Hunter College.
- September 6: Susan Naquin, Princeton University.
- Religion and Material Culture in a Small City: Shou-zhou, Anhui.
Discussant: Dorothy Ko, Columbia University.
- October 11: Ching Kwan Lee, University of Michigan.
- Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt.
Discussant: Charles Tilly, Columbia University.
- November 8: Pierre-Etienne Will, Collége de France.
- The 1911 Generation: Xi'an 1905-1930.
Discussant: Edward Rhoads, History Department, UT-Austin (Emeritus).
- December 6: Yue Meng, University of Toronto, “The Wonder of Plants: Vegetation Studies Before Botany in Nineteenth Century China.”
Discussant: Fa-ti Fan, SUNY Binghamton.
- February 7: Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona.
- Mapping the City: Activism and Urban Space. Beijing, 1919.
Discussant: Richard Belsky, Hunter College, CUNY.
- March 13: Andrew Jones, University of California at Berkeley.
- Inherit the Wolf: Natural History and Narrative Form in Lu Xun's Fiction.
Discussant: Weihong Bao, Columbia University.
- April 10: Neil Diamant, Dickinson College.
- Vulnerable Heroes: The Contestation over Rights and Status among Disabled Veterans in the PRC, 1949-1985.
Discussant: Rob Culp, Bard College
- May 1: Henrietta Harrison, Harvard University.
- Did Chinese Christians benefit from modern schools and hospitals set up by foreign missionaries?
- The Catholic church in a Shanxi village 1900-1945.
Discussant: Joseph Lee, Pace University.
- September 9: Kenneth Pomeranz, University of California, Irvine.
Up and Down on Mt. Tai: Bixia Yuanjun in the Politics of Chinese Popular Religion, ca.
Discussant: Chun-fang Yu, Columbia University.
- October 2: LIU Lu, University of Tennessee.
- The Politics of Refugeedom: The Emergence of the State Welfare System During the War of Resistance.
- Discussant: Danke Li, Fairfield University.
- November 13: Kirk Denton, Ohio State University.
- Exhibiting the Future: Municipal Urban Planning Centers in the People's Republic of China.
Discussant: Qin Shao, The College of New Jersey.
- December 4: Janet Chen, Princeton University.
- "Parasites Upon Society": Between Charity and Punishment in Republican China.
- Discussant: Eugenia Lean, Columbia University.
- February 12: Hong Guo-juin, Duke University.
Limits of Visibility: Taiwan's Tongzhi Movement in Mickey Chen's Documentaries.
Discussant: LU Xinyu, Fudan University.
- March 12: Liu Xun, Rutgers University.
- Quanzhen Proliferates Learning: The Xuanmiao Monastery and Modern Reforms in Nanyang, 1880s-1940s.
- Discussant: Robert Hymes, Columbia University.
- April 2: Gail Hershatter, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Hidden Accumulation: Rural Women, the Great Leap Forward, and China's Collective Past.
Discussant: Carl Riskin, Queens College, CUNY and Columbia University.
- May 7: Megan M. Ferry, Union College.
Chinese Travels to Africa: Cultural Representation in the Age of Globalization.
Discussant: Weihong Bao, Columbia University.
- September 10: Pamela Crossley, Dartmouth College.
Comparing Rulership and Identity Ascription, Qing and Ottoman.
Discussant - Karen Barkey, Columbia University.
- October 8: Melissa Macauley, Northwestern University.
Qingxiang: The Transnational Repercussions of Rural Pacification in Southeast Coastal China
Discussant: Helen Siu, Yale University.
- November 12: Adam McKeown, Columbia University.
The Social Life of Chinese Labor.
Discussant: Janaki Bakhle, Columbia University.
- December 10: Yinghong Cheng, Delaware State University.
Mao's China and the "Singapore Story."
Discussant: Guobin Yang, Columbia University.
- February 11: Martin Dimitrov, Dartmouth College.
Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China.
Discussant - Andrew Nathan, Columbia University
- March 11: Pär Cassel, University of Michigan.
Getting Away with Manslaughter: The Vagaries of Justice in Maritime Courts in Late Nineteenth
Century China and Japan.
Discussant: Madeleine Zelin, Columbia University.
- April 8: Alexander Cook, University of California, Berkeley.
Chinese Uhuru: A Maoist Reading of the Congo Crisis
Discussant: Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University.
- May 6: David Porter, University of Michigan.
Of Poetry and Pottery: Gendered Utopias in Transcultural Context.
Discussant - Dorothy Ko, Barnard College.
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