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Networks and Communication in East Asia and Beyond in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

The 'Networks and Communication in East Asia and Beyond in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries' workshop will be taking place on 6 and 7 March 2015 at Royal Holloway (Egham), University of London.

This workshop sets out to explore the building of information and communications networks during the 19th and early 20th centuries across East Asia and beyond. Building on prior studies on trade and exchange of ideas between East and West, this workshop will focus on the modes of communications and type of networks that were essential elements in enabling and facilitating these exchanges. 

Aims of the workshop

The aims of the workshop are as follows: 

  1. To uncover the socio-economic, cultural, and political foundations which underpinned and encouraged the creation and development of these networks.
  2. To explore the broad scientific and practical rationale which lay behind the introductions of new modes of communication and new methods of recording, collating and disseminating information.
  3. To understand how the new styles of communication and information production reflected an overall picture of modernisation in East Asia, and its connection with much larger forces of globalisation and localisation.

Call for papers

We welcome papers exploring the above themes, in particular submissions which focus on how individuals, organisations, and ethnic groups in the period sought to built up frameworks – from informal methods of ‘common practice’ and adopted procedures, to codified and standardised methods and structures – which would enable discourse to be conducted and for information to be produced, exchanged and transmitted efficiently in private, commercial and governmental spheres, through a variety of media and means. Postgraduate students are welcome.

This workshop is jointly held by Dr Camilla Brautaset of Bergen University and Dr Weipin Tsai of Royal Holloway. We cordially invite your participation: please send a 200 word abstract through our submission form by 30 November.

Provisional participant list

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Professor Paul Bailey University of Durham
Dr Camilla Brautaset University of Bergen
Professor Chiu Peng-sheng The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr Torsten Feys University of Ghent
Professor Yu-Ju Lin Academia Sinica
Dr Weipin Tsai Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Wu Lin-Chun National Dong Hwa University
Professor Wu Songdi Fudan University
Professor Daqing Yang George Washington University

More information

There is no registration fee. Participants are expected to manage their own travel and accommodation. Lunch and drinks will be provided. All participants are invited for dinner after the workshop. Please note, the location of the workshop is moved to Royal Holloway campus.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact either Dr Camilla Brautaset  or Dr Weipin Tsai.


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