15 November 2008

Imperialisms: New and Old

This year’s conference is bigger and more international than ever before and promises to provide students and faculty with opportunities to make new contacts and experience the diversity of a global scholarship.

This year’s keynote speaker, Roderick MacFarquhar, will be speaking on “China’s Struggle with Imperialism”. Dr. MacFarquhar is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science and former Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research. His publications include The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals (1960), The Sino-Soviet Dispute (1961), China under Mao (1966); Sino-American Relations, 1949-1971 (1972); the three volume The Origins of the Cultural Revolution (1974-1997); and his most recent, jointly-authored book (with Michael Schoenhals), is Mao’s Last Revolution (2006).

Session Topics

Session A:

  • Colonialism and Resistance in Southern Africa
  • Exhibiting Empire
  • Special Tri-University Student Session on War Crimes
  • Empires of Science and Technology

Session B:

  • Protest and Empowerment
  • Religion and Empire
  • Empire by Negotiation
  • Storytelling and the Postcolonial Exotic
  • Special Tri-University Student Session on Modern European Fascism and Communism

Session C:

  • Japan, Russia and Asian Imperialism
  • New Imperialisms
  • The Play of Identities
  • Special Tri-University Student Session: Women and Power in the Middle Ages

Reception music provided by the Bremen String Quartet

Preliminary Conference Program 2008 (.doc)