Speaker: Mark C. Elliott (Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History & Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University)
Moderator: Joanna Waley-Cohen (Julius Silver Professor of History, New York University & Provost, NYU Shanghai)
Abstract: The importance of taking Inner Asian historical subjectivity into account is widely recognized as a hallmark of the “New Qing History,” which, over the past twenty years, has led to the destabilization of a number of established Sinocentric narratives and tropes and has gained the scholarship associated with this approach considerable attention in greater China, not all of it favorable. Even as the increasing politicization of history in China over the last decade has called forth an unusually robust critical response, New Qing History appears to enjoy ever broader recognition as an important methodological turn, as evidenced in a marked growth in attention to Inner Asia on the part of many historians writing in Chinese. This talk examines the reception and response to the New Qing History since 2010 as well as its influence on the field in China in recent years.
This event is a part of the lecture series "China, Inner Asia, and the World: Mongol and Qing Empires in Comparative Perspectives" sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.