The period between the mid-nineteenth century and the onset of World War Two bore witness to major economic, political, environmental, and cultural developments in Southeast (SE) Asia. Broadly referred to the region’s modernization phase much of this evolution was fuelled not just by colonialism or revolution but by the region’s shifting relationship with nations in the Americas, principally the United States (US). Notably, much of this advancement transpired within urban locales: towns and cities bore witness to many changes in their built form and to how life was being lived within them.

This conference accordingly invites papers that engage with the theme of SE Asian-US connectivity between the mid-1800s and 1941. What, how, and why these developments came about within urban places are to be discussed in the context of the event. Particularly welcome are contributions that investigate the effect of American culture, economics, and politics upon Southeast Asian’s ‘progress’. Contributions that explore American Exceptionalism and imperialism, American civilisation and changing mores and customs in SE Asia, transportation, city designing, governance, industry, plus social and religious issues as well as the Asian grasp of modernity itself are encouraged. Papers with a cross-disciplinary and comparative approach are especially welcomed.

Date: 24 June 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 5:15 pm
Venue: Room 101, 1/F, Fung King Hey Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Organiser: Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong