Prof. Elizabeth CROSS from the Department of History, Georgetown University, was invited by the Centre for Comparative and Public History to deliver a lecture entitled “Company Politics: Commerce, Scandal, and French Visions of Indian Empire in the Revolutionary Era” on 1 November 2023. Drawing upon a diverse array of primary sources, including manuscripts, archives, and paintings, the speaker illuminated the complex and opaque histories of the French East India Companies, in contrast to their counterpart Anglo-Dutch rivals. She began by mapping the genesis and eventual downfall of the final French East India Company during the tumultuous French Revolution. Moving beyond the typical narratives of financial and political turmoil, she delved into the French’s strategic commercial adaptations in the face of British military dominance in India. Specifically, she presented the French East India Company not merely as an economic entity but as a crucible of revolutionary innovation. Overall, the lecture challenged the conventional perspective of the French Revolutionary era as a time of distress and regression, proposing instead that it was an era rife with economic ingenuity and optimism.
The online information session for MPhil and PhD in History was held on 3 November 2023, hosted by Prof. PUK Wing Kin, giving prospective students the information of our research postgraduate programmes, admissions requirements and application procedures. Attendees took the opportunity to chat with the host and ask questions.
The Tea Reception for the M.A. Programme in Comparative and Public History was held on 4 November 2023. Over 60 students attended the reception. The reception provided a great opportunity for students to meet with the Department’s teaching members in a relaxing atmosphere. Representatives of the M.A. Programme Alumni Association also introduced the alumni association and shared their learning experience with participants.
|15 November 2023 (Wednesday)
|Conducted online via ZOOM (Meeting ID: 990 8868 4183)
|Chana Masala: The Global Roots of a National Dish
|Prof. Cynthia ROSS
Department of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Organisers: Centre for Comparative and Public History, Department of History, CUHK
Enquiry: 3943 8541
Thanks for the generous sponsorship from the Research Institute for the Humanities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a group of doctoral and master’s students from the Departments of History, and Chinese Language and Literature have formed the “Interdisciplinary Reading Group on Changsha Wuyi Square Documents”. They will organise a series of reading sessions throughout the 2023-24 academic year. Each session will invite scholars from around the world who are engaged in the study of excavated documents to share their research insights, aiming to broaden the research perspectives of the reading group members. The details of upcoming session are as follows:
|15 November 2023 (Wednesday)
|Room 401, Yasumoto International Academic Park, CUHK (YIA 401)
|Ritual Manuals and Performance in Early China —— The Ci Mamei Manuscript from Zhangjiashan M336
|Mr. ZHENG Qiu Jun Oscar
PhD Student of University of Pennsylvania
|Putonghua & Cantonese
For any inquiries, please contact the organisers, Mr. CHAN Wai (email@example.com) or Mr. HO Kwok Shing (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information on the reading group and its schedule, please visit http://bit.ly/44D1TXM.
|FONG Shing Tai Immanuel
|The Making of Chinese Customary Law in Hong Kong in the Aspect of Tso (祖) and Tong (堂): A Case Study of Tsing Wan Kun (青雲觀) and To Clan (陶族)
|Women in Manuscript Production and Transmission in the Carolingian Dynasty
|CHAN Ho Yin
|From “Confession” to Confession: History and Memories through the Literary Life of Shao Yanxiang (1933-2020)
|CHENG On Ki
|Between Centralization and Regionalism: Robert Hart’s Failure of Taking over the Likin Collection
For enquiry, please call 3943 7448.
For teachers and students who have information to share with the Department, please email your articles in both Chinese and English to email@example.com by 4:00pm every Monday.