Doing Chinese History (in a New Era) Summer Webinar Series

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Summer Program
June 28, 2021 to August 12, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, Digital Humanities, East Asian History / Studies, Graduate Studies

Emily Baum (University of California, Irvine) and Denise Y. Ho (Yale University) present the second annual webinar series, Doing Chinese History (in a New Era). Designed for—but not exclusive to—graduate students and junior scholars in Chinese history and Chinese studies, these webinars aim to address persistent challenges in research and professional development. This summer's webinar series consists of three topics.

Webinar 1: “Pivoting to a New Research Topic,” Monday, June 28, 2021 - 4:30pm PDT / 7:30pm EDT 

This webinar features four speakers who are completing or have recently completed a thesis or dissertation, and who have had to adapt their topics because of changing research conditions. Facing restrictions on research travel and archival access, each of the speakers have modified their research agenda and made use of local and digital sources. This webinar addresses the challenge of the “research pivot,” offering advice and experience from current and recent graduate students.  

Webinar 2: "Archives, Libraries and Databases in Taiwan," Monday, July 19, 2021 - 4:30pm PDT / 7:30pm EDT

The second webinar in this series features four scholars who are professional archivists as well as historians and invite them to introduce archival, digital, and library resources in Taiwan. Featured collections include those of Academia Sinica and the National Archives Administration.

Webinar 3: "Academic Jobs Outside the US," Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 5:00pm PDT / 8:00pm EDT

The final webinar turns to the question of professional development and careers outside of American academia. The academic job market remains highly competitive, and in recent years newly-minted PhDs have sought jobs around the world, including in Europe and Asia. However, students trained in the United States may be less familiar with both the international job search and the culture of universities abroad. This webinar brings together four professors who have recently taken jobs in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK. They will discuss the application process, academic life at their university, and the challenges and opportunities of a different academic system.

Information and registration details for all three webinars can be found here

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This event is sponsored by the Long US-China Institute (University of California, Irvine) and the Council on East Asian Studies (Yale University), with support from:

  • Hoover Institution, Project on China’s Global Sharp Power, Stanford University
  • Centre for Asian Research, York University
  • Department of History, Simon Fraser University
  • East Asian Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University
  • Institute of Asian Research, UBC
  • Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University
  • Fairbank Center, Harvard University
  • East Asian Studies Program, UC Santa Cruz
  • Global China Center, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong


Contact Info: 

Emily Baum

Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

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