Conference Announcement: Contact Zones and Colonialism in Southeast Asia and China’s South (~221 BCE – 1700 CE)

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May 10, 2019 to May 12, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Chinese History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Linguistics, Southeast Asian History / Studies

Contact Zones and Colonialism in Southeast Asia and China’s South

 (~221 BCE – 1700 CE)

Keynote Speaker: Pamela Crossley, Charles and Elfriede Collis Professor of History and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Dartmouth College

Introductory Address: Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College, University of Chicago

Conference Organizer: Erica Brindley, Professor of Asian Studies and History, Penn State University

On May 10–12, Penn State will host an international, interdisciplinary conference on the Greater Southeast Asian maritime zone (SEAMZ), which includes much of what is now South China, in premodern times (221 BCE – 1700 CE). Like the Mediterranean or Indian Ocean zones, SEAMZ emerged not only from intensive trade and commercial activity over the millennia, but also according to ever-changing relationships with powerful state and imperial actors, especially those from farther north in China. One aim of this conference is for scholars explore, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the nature of mainland East Asian influence in this contact zone as it developed in history. Another aim is to create a space for scholars from both the humanities and social sciences to explore collaborative possibilities for future research on the development of SEAMZ in premodern Asian history. The conference is generously sponsored by the ACLS and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundations, "Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society" grant, as well as Penn State's Asian Studies Department.


Panelists and Discussants, Discipline, and Institutional Affiliation:


Allard, Francis (Co-Investigator)         Archaeology     Indiana University of Pennsylvania          

Alves, Mark                                          Linguistics        Montgomery College

Anderson, James                                   History              University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Baldanza, Kate                                      History             Penn State University

Brindley, Erica (Principal Investigator) History             Penn State University

Brown, Miranda                                     History             University of Michigan    

Bryson, Megan                                      Relig. Studies    University of Tennessee

Chin, Tamara                                         Comp. Lit          Brown University

Chittick, Andrew                                   History               Eckerd College                                       

De Sousa, Hilario                                  Linguistics         Max Planck Institute, Netherlands

De Weerdt, Hilde                                   History               Leiden University

Demandt, Michele                                 Archaeology      Jinan University, China              

Heng, Derek                                           History              Northern Arizona University

Hymes, Robert                                       History              Columbia University

Kim, Nam                                              Archaeology      University of Wisconsin             

Mair, Victor                                           Literature           University of Pennsylvania

Phan, John: (Co-Investigator)               Linguistics         Columbia University

Pittayaporn, Pittayawat                         Linguistics         Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Puett, Michael                                       History               Harvard University

Ratliff, Martha                                       Linguistics        Wayne State University

Smith, Paul J.                                        History               Haverford College

Smits, Gregory                                      History               Penn State University

Whitmore, John                                    History               University of Michigan              

Yao, Alice                                            Archaeology        University of Chicago

Contact Info: 
Erica Brindley
Professor of Asian Studies, History, and Philosophy
Department of Asian Studies 
Pennsylvania State University
201B Old Botany Building
University Park, PA 16802-5500
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