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Talk: Some Reflections on Human Communities and their Boundaries
Date: 19 April 2017 
China Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU  has the pleasure of inviting you to the talk:

Some Reflections on Human Communities and their Boundaries

Professor Ming-ke Wang  
Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of History & Philology, (Academia Sinica)

April 19, 2017 (Wednesday), 4:30pm - 6:00pm
CPD-LG.34, Centennial Campus, HKU

In the last two years, there have been several important changes in the international arena: the rise of ISIS and its treat to the national borders of many Mid-East countries; the refugee crisis across the national borders of Europe; the newly-elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and his plan for a US-Mexican border wall. All these issues are closely linked to the competition among human communities over the access to critical resources, as well as to the (re)making of the boundaries of community and cultural identity. 

In this lecture, the presenter will draw upon data gathered among the Qiang and the Yi minorities of western Sichuan, to explain the human ecological meanings of the territorial and the consanguineous communities and their boundaries, and related cultures. Based on this understanding, the presenter will provide some reflections on the history of the interactions between nomadic and residential empires in the Eurasian Steppe, and on the current international situation


王明珂 特聘研究員


*This seminar will be conducted in Chinese 本場演講以中文進行

Wang Ming-ke is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Institute of History and Philology, and an Academician, at the Academia Sinica, Taipei. He obtained his PhD from Harvard University in 1992. He has conducted extensive ethnographic and ethnohistorical research on the Qiang and Tibetans in western Sichuan, with a special focus on the people’s historical memory and ethnic identity. His publications include Huaxia Bianyuan 華夏邊緣 (China from the Margins), Qiang Zai Han-Tsang Zhijian 羌在漢藏之間 (The Qiang Straddled between the Han and the Tibetan) , Youmu Zhe de Jueze 游牧者的抉擇 (The Nomad’s Choice: The First Encounter between Northern Nomads and Imperial China), and the most recent, Fansi Shixue yu Shixue Fansi 反思史學與史學反思 (Reflexive Historiography and Rethinking History). 
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