SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote speaker:  Professor Harry Harootunian.

Harry Harootunian is Chair of the East Asian Studies Department and Professor of History at New York University.  He is the author and editor of several works including: Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in Interwar Japan, Princeton University Press 2000, Toward Restoration, University of California Press, 1991, Postmodernism in Japan, with Masao Miyoshi, Duke University Press, 1989, and Things Seen and Unseen: Discourse and Ideology in Tokugawa Nativism, University of Chicago Press. 1988.  In 2000 he published History's Disquiet which examines and challenges the intellectual genealogies of  the fundamental notions of "field" and "modernity" as well as other concepts intellectuals in both the East and West have long used to understand the changing world around them.

Closing Keynote Speaker: Professor Prasenjt Duara

Prasenjit Duara is the Raffles Professor of Humanities at the National University of Singapore. An internationally reputed historian of China, he is also known for his work on the broad sweep of Asia in the twentieth century, and of historical thought and historiography. His book Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (1988, 1990) won both the Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association and the Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He also authored Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China (1995, 1996) which examines the historical and theoretical relationship between nationalism and history and Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (2003, 2004), to list but a few. Duara spent a major part of his career teaching at the Department of History in the University of Chicago from 1990 until 2008, where he was Chair of the History Department (2004-2007). Before Chicago, he taught at Princeton University, George Mason University and Stanford University between 1981 and 1990. His PhD was obtained in 1983 from Harvard University.

Paul Bowman (Cardiff University) is Director of the Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group at Cardiff University, and co-Director of the Re-Constructing Multiculturalism Research Network. He is author of Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies(Edinburgh University Press, 2007), Deconstructing Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2008), Theorizing Bruce Lee(Rodopi, 2010) and Beyond Bruce Lee (Wallflower, forthcoming). He is editor of The Rey Chow Reader(Columbia University Press, 2010), and two special journal issues on the work of Rey Chow (Postcolonial Studies, 2010, and Social Semiotics, 2010). He is also editor of Interrogating Cultural Studies (Pluto, 2003), Rancière and Film (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming), Reading Rancière (Continuum, 2011),Jacques Rancière: In Disagreement (Parallax, 2009),The Truth of Žižek (Continuum, 2006), many issues of Parallax and a forthcoming issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Franz Mauelshagen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen, Germany. In 2010 he has been awarded a research grant from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research for the project Climates of Migration: Climate Change and Environmental Migration in Historical Perspective, of which he is the principal investigator. His most recent book is a history of climate in the modern era (Klimageschichte der Neuzeit, Darmstadt, 2010).