CFP: Call for Papers Missing sources & marginal voices: reconstructing Asian historical narratives

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Missing sources & marginal voices: reconstructing Asian historical narratives

An international conference organized by the Department of History, University of Macau

December 6-7, 2021


Many histories are buried along with sources that have been destroyed, stolen or stored away from archives and libraries. With improvements in technology, transport and communication, scholars have been able to gradually recover ancient manuscripts and discover private archives, paving the way for the (re)construction of new historical perspectives and recovering the narratives of marginal communities. This conference aims to shed light on the various methods historians have used in writing histories beyond the compartmentalization of official archives. We invite scholars and experts who have construed historical narratives using previously missing, destroyed or absent sources to share and discuss their experiences. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Ancient Chinese manuscripts
  • Han-Tang Stele inscriptions
  • Oral histories
  • Family papers
  • Private collections

We particularly welcome contributions dealing with Chinese, East Asian and Southeast Asian studies. Proposals (max. 300 words, in English) and short CVs should be sent to Catherine Chan at or Tsang Wing Ma at by July 31, 2021.