CFP Mapping Hong Kong — A History Workshop

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Call for Papers
May 29, 2020 to May 31, 2020
British Columbia, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, World History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies
Mapping Hong Kong—A History Workshop
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver
29–31 May 2020
The UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, in partnership with the Hong Kong History Project at the University of Bristol, is pleased to announce a history workshop to be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, on May 29–31, 2020.

The theme “Mapping Hong Kong” invites reflections on how Hong Kong’s past could be mapped onto a wide range of historical scales or contexts. Whether it has to do with the lived experiences of particular individuals at certain (critical) moments or the transnational movements of goods, ideas, and people over time and space, a common challenge for historians (of Hong Kong or not) is to place their subject in a proper frame of analysis. But what makes a frame “proper”? And how do we as historians attend to the politics of framing?

We seek original contributions that do, in their different ways, speak to the workshop’s theme. While we are primarily interested in papers that engage historical subjects and questions (and are grounded on historical methods and approaches), we do welcome historically-minded contributions from allied disciplines.

This intensive international workshop is open to all, but preferences will be given to advanced graduate students and early-career scholars who could benefit most from this opportunity to “workshop” a dissertation chapter, a draft journal article, etc.

In addition to presenting their work-in-progress and brainstorming with fellow historians, during their visit participants will also have the opportunity to make use of the excellent library resources available at the University of British Columbia.

Accommodation and most meals will be provided. Travel subsidies for graduate students may be available pending on budget.

Deadline for proposals: February 15
Notification of participants: February 28
Papers (~8,000 words) due: May 8

Interested participants are invited to submit, by February 15, a 250-word abstract, a 1-page CV, and a one-paragraph explanation of how their work-in-progress would benefit from this workshop. Submissions and inquiries (subject line: “2020 history workshop”) should be directed to: Ryan Sun (
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