Call for Contributions: EMGS Alum Organizes „China and Global History“ International Online Workshop for September 2021

Calling all researchers in Sinology and Global History! EMGS Alum Sebestyén Hompot (Class of 2019), currently a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna, is spearheading the organization of a „China and Global History“ international online workshop. The workshop, scheduled for September 1st to 3rd, 2021, will be led by a panel of young researchers from the Universities of Vienna and Graz (Austria).

The aim of the workshop is to support academic networking, exchange, and discussion among young researchers interested in China-related global history and historiography. Participants will be invited to present their research and act as commentators, as well as session chairs.

A non-exhaustive list of possible research questions includes the following:

  • How can terms like „empire,“ „world-system(s),“ „world-region,“ and other analytical approaches/categories of Global History be used to explain historical events and developments in dynastic/modern China in a global context?
  • How does a regional East Asian perspective of history contribute to the global view?
  • Did China have a pre-modern tradition of world/global historiography? If yes, how can it be characterized (in terms of geographical scope and perspective, ideology, etc.)?
  • How is the growing interest towards a global perspective of Chinese history related to China’s (re)emergence as a global power?

Submitting a research paper is not a requirement for participation. If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please send your name, academic degree, current academic affiliation, and an abstract of 300-500 words to Sebestyén Hompot (). The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

A committee consisting of PhD candidates from the University of Vienna and University of Graz will decide on the final selection of the presentations and organize the program so that colleagues from various time zones will be able to participate. The finalized program will be announced by July 1, 2021 and the deadline for registration will be August 1, 2021. A decision on the potential publication of the presentations will be taken in a final round of discussions at the end of the workshop.