Public Lecture

Revisiting the Idea of Asia in Our Times

Asia/Hong_KongRevisiting the Idea of Asia in Our Times
    Asia/Hong_KongRevisiting the Idea of Asia in Our Times
      Overview

      Title:

      Revisiting the Idea of Asia in Our Times

      Speaker:

      Professor Prasenjit Duara (Director of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore)

      Date:

      March 11, 2009

      Time:

      6:00 pm (Reception starts at 5:30 pm)

      Venue:

      Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

      Enquiry:

      Ms. Natelie Wong
      (Tel) (852) 2241-5011
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Abstract

      There are three axes around which Asian unity has been conceived: the cultural and for some in the earlier period, even racial unity of Asian peoples; the powerful anti-imperialist movement that developed across Asia during the first 60 years of the 20th century; and finally, the interdependency within the region and with the rest of the world.

      The presentation will track the fate of the earlier modes of building Asia. 20th century efforts focused on cultural and political projects and were not founded on material interdependence whether for enrichment or collaborative solutions. The presentation will also consider the present and future bases of interdependence in order to ground Asian cultural and political consciousness upon this hard and urgent substratum.

      About the Speaker

      Professor Prasenjit Duara is Director of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore, and Professor Emeritus of History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on Chinese and East Asian history including Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (1988), which won the Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association and the Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies.

      Organizers

      Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Scicences

      Faulty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong

      Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

      Poster