Roundtable Session

Special Roundtable 2: Forgotten Genealogies:  A History and Theory Roundtable

Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Tamarind, New Building

Partner: History & Theory Journal

In this special roundtable session, four Asia-based scholars will discuss recent trends in historiography with a focus on questions of theory and philosophy of history. As has become increasingly apparent in recent years, the richness and diversity of Asian historiographical traditions complicate the notion that history should be understood only as the intellectual outgrowth of the European Enlightenment. At the same time, scholarship on these historiographical traditions frequently (and inadvertently) buttresses a conceptual Eurocentrism in determining what actually counts as history. Our panelists will reflect on how the innovative methodologies and theoretical frameworks they bring to their work address this conundrum and, indeed, illuminate broader challenges in Asian historiography—including the very prospect of Asia and its possible future histories. They will also discuss longer genealogies of historical understanding and intellection, and whether (and why) these risk being forgotten or marginalized in national and regional academic cultures.

Our special roundtable panelists are a mix of younger and mid-career scholars who share in common an interest in questions of methodology, historiography, and theory. They bring a diversity of approaches and frameworks to their scholarship, including oral history, memory/memoir, presence, literary analysis, paleography, microhistory, and global history. The session will be moderated by William R. Pinch and D. Gary Shaw, associate editors of History and Theory.

William Pinch

Wesleyan University, United States

William R. Pinch received his BA and PhD from the University of Virginia.He is the author of Peasants and Monks in British India (1996) and Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires (2006). He edited Speaking of Peasants: Essays in Indian History and Politics in Honor of Walter Hauser (2008); and co-edited History and Theory in a Global Frame (2015) with Ethan Kleinberg. His current research interests are in the interplay of micro-history and global history, with a particular focus on the mutiny-rebellion of 1857. He is also collaborating on a translation of two long 18th-century Brajbhasha poems from Bundelkhand, with an eye toward both their historical content and historiographical significance.

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Gary Shaw

Wesleyan University

David Gary Shaw received his BA in history and philosophy from McGill University and his DPhil in history from Oxford University. He is the author of The Creation of a Community (1993) and Necessary Conjunctions: The Social Self in Medieval England (2005). He co-edited The Return of Science: Evolution, History and Theory (2002) with Philip Pomper. His current research interests include historical agency and the nature of the self in the Middle Ages. He is writing a book on elite travelers and the circulation of ideas in later medieval Europe.

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William Pinch

Wesleyan University, United States

William R. Pinch received his BA and PhD from the University of Virginia.He is the author of Peasants and Monks in British India (1996) and Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires (2006). He edited Speaking of Peasants: Essays in Indian History and Politics in Honor of Walter Hauser (2008); and co-edited History and Theory in a Global Frame (2015) with Ethan Kleinberg. His current research interests are in the interplay of micro-history and global history, with a particular focus on the mutiny-rebellion of 1857. He is also collaborating on a translation of two long 18th-century Brajbhasha poems from Bundelkhand, with an eye toward both their historical content and historiographical significance.

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Claudine Ang

Yale-NUS

Claudine Ang, Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities (History), Yale-NUS, Singapore. Dr. Ang completed her doctoral studies in the Department of History at Cornell University in 2012 and works on the political uses of literature, including Vietnamese drama and Chinese landscape poetry, in the Mekong delta.

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Nonica Datta

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Nonica Datta, Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Datta specializes in modern South Asian history and is the author of Violence, Martyrdom And Partition: A Daughter's Testimony (2009) and Forming an Identity: A Social History of the Jats (1999).

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Xupeng Zhang

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Xupeng Zhang, Institute of World History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. Zhang works on Chinese historiography, global intellectual history, and the history of ideas. His essays include “In and Out of the West: On the Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Historical Theory” (2015).

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