As part of the Digital Workshop Series "Digital Dialogues 數字對話", researchers will discuss various aspects and questions of the joint project.
India-China Connections from Subaltern Perspectives
December 8, 2021, 1.15 – 2.45 pm CET
The history of India-China connections has long been explored from elite perspectives (religious, intellectual, and political), while few have ever paid attention to how ordinary Indians and Chinese interacted and how their lives were connected. This talk will focus on cases in the first half of the twentieth century, including the experiences of Sikh policemen in Shanghai during the Interwar Period and Chinese deserter in India during the Second World War. Through telling their stories, the talk will try to demonstrate how the desires, ambitions, and activities of ordinary Indians and Chinese have shaped the two countries relations until the present day.
Cao Yin is Associate Professor and Cyrus Tang Scholar in the Department of History, Tsinghua University. He works on modern Indian history, global history, and India-China connections. He is the author of From Policemen to Revolutionaries: A Sikh Diaspora in Global Shanghai, 1885-1945 (Leiden: Brill, 2017) and Chinese Sojourners in Wartime Raj, 1941-45 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, upcoming).
Dominic Sachsenmaier holds a chair professorship in “Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives”, and he currently serves as the director of the Department for East Asian Studies at Göttingen University. Dominic Sachsenmaier’s main current research interests include China’s transnational and global connections in the past and present. Furthermore, he has published in fields such as Chinese concepts of society, the global contexts of European history and multiple modernities. For instance, he authored the monographs “Global Perspectives on Global History” (Cambridge UP, 2011), and “Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled” (Columbia UP, 2018)
Janice Hyeju Jeong is a postdoctoral researcher of the team “Conceptions of World Order and their Social Carrier Groups.” Her research interests include Islam in China, Sino-Arabian interactions, and history and anthropology. Her book manuscript explores the significance of Mecca, real and imagined, in sustaining multi-directional mobility of Chinese Muslim diasporas through the ruptures of the twentieth century. Jeong received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University and conducted fieldwork in China, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.
The participation at this event is open to everyone, who registers prior to the event. To register please send an e-mail to Janice Jeong: janicehyeju.jeong[at]uni-goettingen.de. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link to join the Dialogues.