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Recapping the Academic Seminar “文獻與田野:《浮生》小記” conducted by Prof. HE Xi on 12 November 2021

In the Graduate Seminar on 12 November, Prof HE Xi gave a lecture titled “When Documents Meet Field Work: The Story of the Research on Floating People,” in which she used her study of the historical anthropology of boat-and-shed living to illustrate the importance of using both documents and field work when conducting one’s research. Prof. HE examined the social structure of the boat-and-shed living people from the Ming and Qing era up to the present, combining research in official records with investigations among surviving boat and shed living people, their oral traditions and their personal records. She elucidated how pressures over time drove many to move to land villages, and how these boat-and-shed living people were gradually marginalised, often losing their fishing rights to those who claimed imperial connections. She explained to students that documents and field work both have their limits, therefore researchers must make use of both methods to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the topic of their research.




Recapping the “CUHK History Day 2021” held on 13 November 2021

The Department held the “CUHK History Day 2021” through a mixed mode of face-to-face and online platform on 13 November. This annual event serves as a platform for the Department to share the teaching and learning of history with the secondary school teachers and students.

Participants enjoyed informative and interesting public lectures delivered by Prof. LUK Chi Hung Gary and Dr. FOK Yeung Yeung on the theme “The Hong Kong Story”, which explored the fun and life experience of studying history. In addition, two of our undergraduate students shared their wonderful campus life and experiences, and the pleasure of participating in summer internship.

The event was well received and drew around 300 participants.




Upcoming Events

Workshops for the Final-Year RPg Students 2021-22

26 November 2021 (Friday)
Workshop (II)
Date: 26 November 2021 (Friday)
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Venue: Room 101, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK
Moderator: LAW Yu Him


Presenter Topic Language
LAI Yan 中醫教育專業化與廣東中醫藥專門學校的成立 Putonghua
HUANG Xinyu 照明與近代上海的城市生活,1850s-1930s Putonghua
ZHANG Zhao 禮與集權—由長沙國諸侯王的喪葬行為看西漢諸侯王級的葬制 Putonghua
LEE Suk Chi The First Company Sale of China’s First State-Owned-Enterprise in 1884 English
SHERPA Diki Making Tepos more Useful: Extending Judicial Administration in Early Colonial Hong Kong, 1848-1857 English
YANG Zhishui 馬賊・護路隊・警察:1900年遼東半島的地方武裝與地緣政治 Putonghua
ZHAO Yuanying 過眼空花:兩宋之際士大夫心態研究 Putonghua


For enquiry, please call 3943 7448.



26 November 2021 (Friday)
Academic Seminar
Date: 26 November 2021 (Friday)
Time: 4:30pm-7:15pm
Venue: Room 106, Y. C. Liang Hall, CUHK;
Online via Zoom
(Meeting ID: 992 4269 1954 | Passcode: 096323)
(All in-person seats are reserved for our research students. Other interested parties are welcome to attend via ZOOM.)
Topic: 不懂游泳的人為何會研究中國游泳史?
Speaker: Prof. POON Shuk Wah
Language: Putonghua
Enquiry: 3943 8541



3 December 2021 (Friday)
Academic Seminar
The Writing of Empires and the Regional Variation in the Development of Intensive Agriculture during the Han Period
Date: 3 December 2021 (Friday)
Time: 4:30pm-7:15pm
Venue: Room 106, Y. C. Liang Hall, CUHK
Topic: The Writing of Empires and the Regional Variation in the Development of Intensive Agriculture during the Han Period
Speaker: Prof. LAM Weng Cheong
Language: Putonghua
Enquiry: 3943 8541



23 December 2021 (Thursday)
Admission Information Session for M.Phil. & Ph.D. in History
Date: 23 December 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Venue: Conducted online via ZOOM
Language: English & Putonghua
Enquiry: 3943 8541



For teachers and students who have information to share with the Department, please email your articles in both Chinese and English to by 4:00pm every Monday.

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