International History of East Asia Seminar Hilary Term 2019

Please find below the programme for the Hilary Term 2019 International History of East Asia Seminar at the University of Oxford China Centre. All events listed will be held on Mondays from 5.00pm in the Lucina Ho Seminar Room, China Centre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6LU unless otherwise specified. This seminar series is supported by the China Centre.

All are welcome to attend; no registration is necessary. Any queries about the events listed below should be emailed to


Monday 21 January
Migration and Citizenship in Qing China and British Hong Kong

Debating Extraterritoriality for the “Anglo-Chinese”: Transimperial Exchange and the Location of International Law in Qing China
Nicholas McGee (University of Toronto)

Negotiating Informal Racial Divides: The “Portuguese Collaborators” in British Hong Kong, 1840-1880
Catherine Chan (University of Bristol)


Monday 4 February
Islands in Empires in Modern East and Southeast Asia: New Perspectives

Camphor, Celluloid and Posthuman Imperialism: The Dutch East Indies and Colonial Taiwan in Comparative Perspective
Faizah Zakaria (Leiden University and Nanyang Technological University)

Island Pioneers: A Study of the Profile, Activities and Legacy of Early Settlers in the Disputed Islands of East and South China Seas
Katherine Bandanwal (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan)


Monday 18 February
Art, Anarchism and Transnational Friendship: Cultures of Exchange in Northeast Asia

Vassily Eroshenko in Japan: The Subversive Meaning of Friendship Across Borders
Ian Rapley (University of Cardiff)

The Rediscovery of Traditions and Trans-Cultural Dialogues: Chen Shizeng and the Art Salon of the Early Republican Beijing, 1912-1923
Zi Wang (University of Edinburgh)


Monday 4 March
Sino-Indian Connections: New Perspectives on 20th century Conflicts

Disputes over the China-Tibet-India Road: The Other Side of the Anglo-Chinese Alliance during the Second World War
Zhaodong Wang (University of Edinburgh)

Building a Feminine Self in Wars: A Postcolonial Account of the State’s Gender Identity Through the Case of the 1962 Sino-Indian Border War
Yang Han (University of Oxford)