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This seminar is concerned with the politics, society, culture, and international relations of China from the early nineteenth century to the present. Its broader purpose is to explore the evolution of Chinese civilization over the past century of revolution and rapid social change. Papers—work in progress—are circulated to members and associates in advance of each meeting. Authors are asked to give a brief oral introduction, after which a discussant comments. The entire remainder of each session is comprised of members’ reactions to the paper and the author’s responses.

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Professor Nick Bartlett

Professor Ying Qian 

Professor William Charles Wooldridge

Sam Hellmann

Meeting Schedule

09/23/2021 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Fingerprinting in Wartime China
Daniel Asen, Rutgers University

Discussant: Chris Chang, Columbia University

10/14/2021 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Chimerica, Transpacific Media, and Rising China
Fan Yang, University of Maryland

Discussant: Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Columbia University, and College of Staten Island, CUNY

02/03/2022 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Hui Corporate Strategies and Islamic Cultural Capital in Qing Guangzhou
Aaron Glasserman, Harvard University

Discussant: Chuck Wooldridge, Lehman College, CUNY

03/03/2022 Online Meeting
7:30 PM
China, Colonialism, Neocolonialism, and Globalized Modes of Accumulation
Yan Hairong, Tsinghua University

Barry Sautman, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Discussant: Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, University of California, Irvine

04/07/2022 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Why They Complied: Ordinary People, the Big Environment, and the Control of COVID-19 in China
Katherine Mason, Brown University

Yifeng Troy Cai, Brown University

Discussant: Nicholas Bartlett, Barnard College

04/21/2022 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Ten Thousand Waves Revisited
Kristine Harris, SUNY New Paltz

Discussant: Ling Zhang, Purchase College, SUNY