China and India in the modern world


China and India in the modern world: from (semi)colonies to nation-states

Venue: Seminar Room A, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
Date: Thursday, 7 August, 2014 – Friday, 8 August, 2014

‘China and India in the Modern World’ examines the shared experiences that have shaped the two continental-sized entities since the nineteenth century, when both societies were inducted into the international capitalist order as objects of imperialist expansion. Issues discussed include colonial education, Chinese and Indian diasporas, social activism of industrial capitalists, redrawing of national boundaries in the postcolonial period, intellectual politics during the Cold War, and contemporary relations between Beijing and New Delhi. Primary sources held by public archives in India and the People’s Republic of China related to China-India interactions will be introduced. The workshop aims to identify strains common to the two Asian countries in their extended transformation from (semi)colonies under Western hegemony to nation-states that command significant power within their boundaries and beyond.

The workshop is part of ‘Beyond Pan-Asianism: China-India Connections, 1911-1949’, a research project funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Free and open to the public.

Workshop schedule is available here.