Thursday, February 26, 2009

Conference Announcement

Comparative Early Modernities: 1100-1800
Hussey Room
Michigan League
University of Michigan
April 17-18, 2009

Featuring conversations among twelve leading scholars of early modern Asia, Europe, and South America, this interdisciplinary conference will showcase novel comparative perspectives in the fields of literary, social, art, and economic history and re-examine the theoretical and methodological premises of comparative historical studies.


Gregory Blue (University of Victoria), "The Rise and Fall of Enlightenment Sinophilia: Did Political Economy Lead the Way?"

Claudia Brosseder (University of Heidelberg), "Magic in Comparative Perspective: Early Modern Europe and Colonial Latin America"

Katherine Carlitz (University of Pittsburgh), "Pornography, Chastity, and 'Early Modernity' in China, England, and France"

Luke Clossey (Simon Fraser University), "Did Aurangzeb Write Tom Jones? Eurocentrism and Writing the Early Modern World"

Walter Cohen (Cornell University), "Out of India: Global Early Modernity"

Jack Goldstone (George Mason University), "Cultural Trajectories: The Power of the Traditional within the Early Modern"

Su Fang Ng (University of Oklahoma), "Dutch Wars, Global Trade, and the Heroic Poem: Dryden's 'Annus Mirabilis' (1666) and Amin's 'Syair Perang Mengkasar' (1670)"

Kenneth Pomeranz (UC Irvine), "Areas, Networks, and the Search for 'Early Modern' East Asia"

Ayesha Ramachandran (SUNY Stony Brook), "A War of Worlds: Becoming 'Early Modern' and the Challenge of Comparison"

Richard Vinograd (Stanford University), "Accommodating Incompatibilities in Early Visual Modernity"

Ann Waltner (University of Minnesota), "Comparing Family Histories in the Early Modern Period: The View from China"

R. Bin Wong (UC Los Angeles), "Did China's Late Empire have an Early Modern Era?"

Seating at this event will be limited and pre-registration is strongly recommended.
UM Faculty and Students - Send an email to to register.
Visitors - Register online at:
For further details about this event, including information on hotels and transportation, please visit, email, or call 734-647-4893.
This conference is sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

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