History lunchtime seminar – 13 November 2019

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History Lunchtime Seminar – Wednesday 13 November 2019

Dear colleagues

Our lunchtime seminar next week resumes following reading week with Prof Yangwen Zheng presenting on railways in China. We meet as usual in Room A101, 1-1.50 p.m.

Wednesday 13th November: Yangwen Zheng

Railway regimes in China

Short bio:

Born and raised in China, Prof Zheng was educated at Oberlin College (B.A 1995) and the University of Cambridge (King’s College, M.Phil 1997 and Ph.D 2001). Following short periods of service at the University of Pennsylvania and the National University of Singapore, she joined the University of Manchester in January 2007. 

Trained as an economic historian with a focus on Ming-Qing maritime trade and patterns/cultures of consumption, she has been fascinated with foreign goods that went into China and the ways in which they became Chinese or indigenised.  This interest in the dynamics of Sino-foreign interaction and in the complex process of indigenisation led her to foreign performing art genres like ballet, and other research areas that included the body, naming practices, China’s relations with Southeast Asia, and the Asian Cold War.

Yangwen is the author of several edited books and monographs including The Social Life of Opium in China (CUP, 2005), which has been translated into many languages, as well as several journal articles and book chapters. She is also the editor (with Richard Madsen of UC San Diego) of the “Alternative Sinology” series published by Manchester University Press and an editorial board member for Modern Asian Studies and for the Journal of Social and Economic History of the Orient.

Hope to see many of you there and please spread the word to your postgraduate and PhD students, and other interested parties.



Professor of Modern Indian History

Faculty of Humanities


Anindita Ghosh| Department of History| School of Arts Languages and Cultures| University of Manchester

Room N2.5, Samuel Alexander Building| Oxford Road| Manchester M13 9PL| Ph: 00 44 (0)161 275 3095

Office hours Semester One 2019-20: 2-3 Tuesdays and 12-1 Thursdays


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