New Directions in Chinese History: Celebrating Peter Perdue’s Scholarship

New Directions in Chinese History: Celebrating Peter Perdue's Scholarship

Friday, August 26, 2022 - 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

The conference, New Directions in Chinese History, gives Peter Perdue’s students and colleagues a chance to gather in New Haven to hear papers on different topics all related to Peter’s work in environmental, economic, and other topics, many of them using social sciences approaches to history. On Friday, Peter’s student Taisu Zhang will offer an appreciation of his work, and we will view a video of greetings from his students and colleagues. Saturday will be devoted to 15-minute papers divided into panels, which Peter will comment on at the end of the day.

Friday, August 26

Click here to register for the Friday Zoom Session

Opening Remarks

4:30pm – 6:00pm (Streamed via Zoom)

  • Opening remarks by Richard Sosa
  • Video Greetings for Peter Perdue
  • Introduction of Taisu Zhang by Valerie Hansen
  • Keynote address from Taisu Zhang highlighting Peter Perdue’s scholarship and approach

Reception & Dinner

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Rosenkranz Hall Tent (next door to Luce Hall, 125 Prospect St.)

  • Outdoor barbecue and drinks
  • Family members welcome to attend

Saturday, August 27

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“The Global Comparative Turn” (Hybrid)

8:30am – 10:30am ET

  • Chair: Jim Millward, Georgetown University


  • Yiwen Li, City University of Hong Kong, “Migrant Chinese Artisans in Medieval Japan and their Networks: Did They Differ from Other More Familiar Chinese Networks?” (via Zoom)
  • Zekun Zhang, Yale University, “Limiting Slavery in Ninth-Century Lingnan: Abolitionism or Tax Reform?”
  • Wenkai He, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, “The Political Great Divergence: England (1640-1780), Japan (1853-1895), and China (1840-1911)” (via Zoom)

“Combining Military and Environmental History” (Hybrid)

11:00am – 12:30pm ET

  • Chair: Ling Zhang, Boston College


  • Yuan Chen, Duke University, “Militarizing Nature in Song China”
  • Masato Hasegawa, National Taiwan University, “Calculating the Environmental Toll of War: The Case of Lü Kun (1536–1618)”
  • Mark Baker, University of Lincoln, “Soviet Aid on the Northwest Highway, 1937-41: How to Locate Roads in Modern Chinese History?” (via Zoom)

“The High Qing” (In-person)

3:00pm – 4:30pm

  • Chair: Jonathan Schlesinger, Indiana University Bloomington


  • Arina Mikhalevskaya, Yale University, “Ponies or Heaven-sent Dragon Steeds? Portraying Horses in Qianlong’s Album of Beasts (Shoupu 獸譜)”
  • Daniel Greenberg, University of Minnesota, “Mapping the Seventeenth-Century Compendium of Birds (Niaopu 鳥譜): A Qing Interpretation of Traditional Tribute Relations and European Natural History?”
  • Wenjiao Cai, University of Pennsylvania, “Weather Reports and Economic Integration on Chosŏn Korea’s Northern Frontier.”

“Late Qing and Early Republican China” (In-person)

4:30pm – 6:00pm

  • Chair: Pär Cassel, University of Michigan


  • George Remisovsky, Yale University, ““Whither Hierarchy? Friends, Neighbors, and     Local Notables as Mediators in Late Qing and Republican Civil Disputes”
  • Huasha Zhang, Yonsei University, “A Mongol Bannerman’s Misadventures in Tibet and China, 1899-1907”

Closing Remarks from Peter Perdue