Department of History Colloquium

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Dr. Tobie Meyer-Fong, Professor of History and until recently Director of the East Asian Studies program at Johns Hopkins University, is broadly interested in the history of China from 1600 to the present.  Her previous work draws upon a wide range of sources to explore responses to war in the 17th and 19th centuries.  Recently she has been juggling several projects, including one that features a survivor of the Taiping civil war who circumnavigated the globe in 1876 and one that explores her mother-in-law's recollections of childhood in the Zhoushan archipelago during the 1940s from the vantage point of family life, emigration, and the island's rapid 21st century urbanization.  She has also written about images of the Qing dynasty (and the Chinese past more generally) in contemporary China. Professor Meyer-Fong is the author of two books.  The first, Building Culture in Early Qing Yangzhou, describes the construction of cultural landmarks and the re-creation of elite identities in the city of Yangzhou after the Manchu conquest. The second, What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in Nineteenth-Century China, deals with the devastating emotional, cultural, and social impact of the Taiping rebellion. She served as editor of the journal Late Imperial China for twelve years ending in 2018.

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Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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