Call for Papers - Transnational Chinese Passages and the Global Making of Frontiers, Borderlands, and Borders

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Call for Papers
September 15, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Demographic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, World History / Studies


Transnational Chinese Passages and the Global Making of Frontiers, Borderlands, and Borders

Theme Issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire


In a lecture delivered in 2004, Philip Kuhn argued, “Chinese emigrants have been, and still are, participating in a five-century process of building ‘frontier enclaves,’ places in which special rules allow Chinese and foreign business to develop unhindered by the bureaucracies and the ideologies of the Qing empire and its successor Chinese nation states.”


Extending Kuhn’s argument, this theme issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire draws on the notions of frontier, borderland, and border by Frederick Turner, Jeremy Adelman, and Stephen Aron to illuminate how the long-distance movements of Chinese migrants, goods, and culture are historically associated with politically and economically peripheral regions beyond China across different continents and oceans. It asks: how have Chinese activities overland and overseas contributed to the formation, evolution, and characterization of frontiers, borderlands, and borders—both inland and maritime—between empires and nation-states on a global scale?


For this thematic issue of CJH/ACH, we invite proposals for articles on topics such as:


  • theoretical discussions on frontiers, borderlands, and borders in the case of Chinese diasporic activities;
  • the flow of people, goods, ideas, and disease among China, frontiers and borderlands beyond China, and their adjacent territories involving the Chinese, locals, imperial agents, and other foreign groups;
  • the interactions of transnational Chinese migrants and organizations with the indigenous and colonial authorities;
  • the external connections and internal dynamics of Chinese diasporic communities;
  •  the “forgotten” stories of Chinese pioneers and adventurers in regions far away from China, and how they took advantage of niches in the local economy and society; and
  • the imagination of lives in frontier enclaves, borderlands, and borders in Chinese cultural productions.


Those interested should send a brief CV and an abstract of 300 words by September 15, 2018 to the guest editor Gary Luk ( Invited authors will be notified in October 2018 and asked to submit a full 10,000 word article by February 15, 2019. Manuscripts for consideration will undergo double-blind peer review.


Canadian Journal of History

The Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire (CJH/ACH) is a peer-reviewed journal of general history publishing in both English and French. Geared to all professional historians, as well as to anyone interested in historical scholarship, it features articles and reviews by experts, and invites contributions from all areas of history. The journal has resisted the trend toward increased specialization and offers an excellent way to keep up with developments across the discipline.