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HIST7010 Graduate Seminar on Historiography(Required course of Ph.D. Programme)

Semester 1 (2020-2021)

Lecture TimeFriday 4:30pm-6:15pm

VenueZoom Classroom (TBC)


Lecturer CHEUNG Sui Wai ((852) 3943 7115 /

Teaching Assistant CHEUNG Shin Yee (

Course Description

This is a mandatory course designed for the first year research postgraduate students of the History Department. The goal is to prepare the students with a wide-range knowledge of modern historiography. Through a series of lectures by invited scholars, the students could have the chance to learn and appreciate various approaches to the study of history.

At the lectures, the speakers will share with students their research experience and present their research projects or findings in class focusing on research methodologies, approaches, and issues related to historiography, i.e., the writing of history based on the critical use of sources, the selection of particulars from the sources and the synthesis of particulars that will demonstrate the author’s historian’s crafts, other techniques of inquiry and investigation, or writing skills. The lecture may last about 90 minutes including Q&A.

Date Speaker and topic

“Boxers at Earl’s Court: Western Representations of the Boxer Uprising in a Report from the North China Herald (Sep. 25th, 1901)”

Prof. Puk Wing-Kin, Department of History, CUHK


“Considering Urban History to Learn the Urban Present”

Prof. Ian Morley, Department of History, CUHK


“In the Mist of War: Some Reflections on Studying Warfare and Violence in Classical and Early Medieval China”

Prof. Tse Wai Kit Wicky, Department of History, CUHK


“The “Black Sheep” of Early Daoxue Community: The Making of Xing Shu’s  邢恕 Historical Image”

Prof. Cheung Hiu Yu Jack, Department of History, CUHK


“Power and Politics at the Colonial Seaside: Leisure in British Hong Kong”

Prof. Poon Shuk Wah, Department of History, CUHK


“From ancestors (zuxian祖先) to forefathers (xianren先人): afterlife care and Grand Salvation Ritual in Singapore” 

Prof. Choi Chi Cheung, Department of History, CUHK


“Kinship, Morality& Colonization: Chinese Customary Mortgage in Chinese Lineages in HK, 1905-1960”

Prof. Chan Kwok Shing, Department of Sociology, Baptist U


“Comparing Colonial Legalities – British India and Mandate Palestine”

Prof. Amrita Shodhan, Department of History, CUHK


“Militias in the Eighteenth-Century France and America: The Paradoxes of Relying on Citizen-Soldiers”

Prof. Noah Shusterman, Department of History, CUHK


“Reading Trivialities: What working notes and language books could tell us about China’s Long Eighteenth Century?”

 Prof. Ching May Bo, Department of Chinese and History, City U


“History, Memory, and Civic Education”

Prof. He Xiaoqing Rowena, Department of History, CUHK


“The early globalization of iron and the spread of iron technology in ancient East Asia

Prof. Lam Weng Cheong, Department of History, CUHK

Assessment & Assignments

Assessment – participation report (100%)

Enrolled students are required to attend all classes. Students who are lower than 70 percent attendance, no matter what reason they have, will fail.
At term end, each student should submit to the course instructor a detailed participation report via the veriguide system. This report should

  1. list all the lectures he/she attended;
  2. give a summary of each lecture content; and
  3. (for those students who asked question(s) in lecture(s)), describe the academic dialogue between he/she and the speaker.

The course instructor will assess the participation report and give the student a grade.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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