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(11月27日下午)亚洲研究的反思:地理空间与相互联系的视角考察(Willem van Schendel 教授)

 
“北京大学历史学系学术讲座” 
   
题目:“亚洲研究的反思:地理空间与相互联系的视角考察”( “Rethinking Asian Studies
: Spaces and Inter-linkages”)
嘉宾:荷兰阿姆斯特丹大学暨荷兰皇家人文与科学院国际社会史研究所 Willem van Schendel 
教授
主持: 北京大学历史学系  王红生教授 
时间: 2014年11月27日(星期四)下午 3:10-5:00 
地点: 北京大学李兆基人文学苑5号楼B113会议室临未名湖博雅塔 
   
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讲座摘要 
   

Inter-Asian connections coexist with many inter-Asian disconnects. The networks that shape the lives of billions of Asians develop, fragment and recombine continually. A more systematic understanding of these dynamics is indispensable for the future of Asian studies.

 

We know much about the vast and long-lived networks that historically drew large parts of Asia together. Such key networks sustained the spread of Buddhism and Islam, the creation of Sinitic and Sanskritic script communities, the rise of empires, and patterns of mass migration and long-distance trade. Understanding these is imperative for anyone wishing to sketch the broad contours of inter-Asian connectivity today. But these connections hardly provide a full picture. Attention to large networks and sweeping interconnections should not impede the exploration of finer details and more quirky linkages, not least because the major inter-Asian networks bypassed many parts of Asia. How did and do these parts connect to other regions?

 

The speaker uses the example of an Asian society that was barely involved in the sweeping interconnections to argue for a repositioning of the study of Asia that goes beyond simply linking the core concerns of ‘area studies.’This society sits astride two major Asian regions: South Asia and Southeast Asia. The literature constructs it as isolated and, until very recently, without important external connections. The speaker challenges this view and tries to demonstrate the remarkable fluidity of inter-Asian networks and how they recombine in unexpected ways. Paying closer attention to such recombination can advance the study of Asia. Unpredictable networks radiating from the ‘fault lines’ of Asia knowledge ?C from the borderlands between the conventional regions of area studies ?C can provide a starting point.

 

嘉宾简介

 

Willem van Schendel is a historian and anthropologist who has been Professor of Modern Asian History at the University of Amsterdam and Head of the South Asia Department of the International Institute of Social History. Among his most recent books are The Camera as Witness: A Social History of Mizoram, Northeast India (Cambridge UP, 2014), The Bangladesh Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke UP, 2013, co-ed with M. Guhathakurta) and A History of Bangladesh (Cambridge UP, 2009).