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Scholars and experts discuss China’s role in global history

HKBU organised Voyages, Migration and the Maritime Silk Road: An International Symposium on China’s Role in Global History from 7 to 8 December 2015. Focusing on a variety of issues on China’s role in global history, the symposium attracted a large audience from the local scholarly community.

Professor Valerie Hansen of Yale University presents her keynote speech “The World in the Year 1000: The View from Beijing” at the symposium.

Professor Valerie Hansen of Yale University presents her keynote speech “The World in the Year 1000: The View from Beijing” at the symposium.

Around 70 scholars from well-known academic institutions in North America, Europe and Asia attended the symposium which comprised three keynote sessions and nine panels as presenters, panel chairs, and discussants. Distinguished scholars, Professor Valerie Hansen of Yale University, Professor Chen Kuo-tung of Academia Sinica in Taiwan and Professor Haneda Masashi of University of Tokyo, delivered keynote speeches on “The World in the Year 1000: The View from Beijing”, “The  Advantageous Position of Chinese Navigator during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (15-18 Centuries)” and “World/Global History and the Positionality of Historians” respectively.

 The Symposium was organised by HKBU’s Department of History, Advanced Institute for Contemporary China Studies and Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology together with the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and Zheng He Society of New York.

(Adopted from e-News, CPRO)