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offers a forum for interdisciplinary research in the nineteenth century across fields as diverse as art history, history, literature, and music.
Extraterritorial Publication and American Missionary Authority about the ‘Opium War’: Contesting the Eloquence and Reciprocity of John Quincy Adams’s ‘Lecture on the War with China’
Article by Prof. Kendall A. Johnson
"The US missionaries Elijah Bridgman and Samuel Wells Williams leveraged authority from extraterritorial printing in South China to rebut the oratorical eloquence of ex-President John Quincy Adams on the First Opium War. They did this by editing Adams’s ‘Lecture on the War with China’ (1841) for The Chinese Repository that they published monthly from Guangzhou, Macao, and Hong Kong . . .
About the Cluster
The cluster aims to facilitate collaboration among scholars at HKU working across the nineteenth century. It will promote research and recent publications by staff and postgraduate students in the Faculty of Arts, as well as organize lectures, works-in-progress workshops, and other events to foster collaboration. The goal is to encourage interdisciplinary research and to rethink traditional approaches to the nineteenth century.
This website serves as a searchable collection of current research in the nineteenth century at HKU. It also provides resources for researchers in the period, including materials held in the libraries at the University of Hong Kong.
The Nineteenth-Century Research Cluster was established by Dr. Jessica Valdez in 2020. The website was designed by MPhil student Shellie Audsley.
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Chair Professor, Mr & Mrs Hung Hing-ying Professor in the Arts, Chairperson
Music, from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, especially (i) Beethoven, (ii) the intersection between music, philosophy and theology, and (iii) the history of ‘absolute music’; currently working on a post-human manifesto modestly entitled an Intergalactic Music Theory of Everything (IMTE).
James R. Fichter
Programme Director, Associate Professor
European studies, European expansion overseas, English and other East India Companies, British and French colonial history and European imperialism generally, World War I, early modern Atlantic, relationship between Atlantic world and Indian and Pacific Oceans, environmental history, colonial American history as both British imperial and American history, American studies, US-China relations, Americans abroad, naval and maritime history, voyages of exploration, relationship between economic and environmental history, whaling, economic and business history, Suez Canal, coal, pepper, tea and other commodities, St. Helena and the Bahamas in British colonial world.
Honorary Associate Professor; Director, University Museum & Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong
History of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th centuries, the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture; the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie, royal workshops and smaller private enterprises that helped to create and cater to this long-lasting fashion; the scientific developments of glassmaking in Qing China, with results from both historical and chemical analysis.
History; Gender Studies
History of women, gender and sexuality in China and East Asia; local histories of Chinese places, transregional migrations of Chinese and global commodities; individual everyday life beyond the totalizing narratives of the nation-state; "the archive", non-written texts, such as visual and material culture and architecture.
European and American art and architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries, especially 19th-century French art; art and Ecology, landscapes, childhood, family, and modern Identity; artistic interactions between Europe and China in the 18th and 19th centuries, Chinese palace of Yuanming Yuan.
Assistant Professor, Programme Director
China Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Late imperial and modern China; modern Asia, colonialism and imperialism in Southeast Asia, and Sino-Russian relations; history of Inner Asia from 1600 to the present, comparative history of borderlands and frontiers, and Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures (including Manchu and Mongolian).
Fung Ping Shan Library (Closed Stack)
Rare and semi-rare early printed books and manuscripts from China.
For the location symbols of the collections of microforms and manuscripts, and the WTO Resource Centre collection, click here.