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Nineteenth-Century

Research Cluster

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’

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 . . . 

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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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Shellie Audsley

HKU

Shellie Audsley

MPhil Student

English

Romanticism, the Long 19th Century, Narratology; Byron, the Shelleys, Keats, Poe.

John Carroll

HKU

John Carroll

Professor

History

Modern Chinese History; Hong Kong History; Colonialism and Imperialism in Asia

Daniel Chua

HKU

Daniel Chua

Chair Professor, Mr & Mrs Hung Hing-ying Professor in the Arts, Chairperson

Music

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

HKU

James R. Fichter

Programme Director, Associate Professor

European Studies

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.

Kendall A. Johnson

HKU

Kendall A. Johnson

Professor

English

Early American, British, and European literatures and history; material print culture in a transnational and global historical frame.

Florian Knothe

HKU

Florian Knothe

Honorary Associate Professor; Director, University Museum & Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong

Fine Arts

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.

Elizabeth LaCouture

HKU

Elizabeth LaCouture

Assistant Professor

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.

Nicolo Ludovice

HKU

Nicolo Ludovice

PhD Candidate

History

Zoonoses, biomedicine, and public health; medicine, science, and technology; human-animal relations; and socio-legal histories.

Ghassan Moazzin

HKU

Ghassan Moazzin

Assistant Professor

History; Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Economic and business history of modern China.

Rashna Nicholson

HKU

Rashna Nicholson

Assistant Professor

English

19th-21st-century cultural history, historiography and practice; postcolonial and world literature and cultural development; theatre studies, performance studies.

Daniel Poch

HKU

Daniel Poch

Assistant Professor

Japanese Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Early Modern and Modern Japanese Literature, Emotion, Desire, Sexuality, and Gender, The Novel, Aesthetics and Aesthetic Theory.

Greg Thomas

HKU

Greg Thomas

Professor

Fine Arts

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.

Yuming Yu

HKU

Yuming Yu

PhD Candidate

Chinese

Chinese Ci (lyric) poetry, woman writers/poets, Qing-dynasty literature.

Tim Yung

HKU

Tim Yung

PhD Candidate

History

Anglican identity in the South China diocese, 1849–1951; Chinese Christianity, nineteenth-century worldwide missions, late Qing history, and the history of colonial Hong Kong.

Julia Bowes

HKU

Julia Bowes

Assistant Professor

History

Gender, politics and the modern United States; women's studies.

Genki Chiu (Chiu Pui Sang)

HKU

Genki Chiu (Chiu Pui Sang)

MPhil Student

English

National Identity, Cosmopolitanism, English Novels, Victorian Period to Early Twentieth Century

Bárbara Fernández Melleda

HKU

Bárbara Fernández Melleda

Assistant Professor

Latin American Studies, SMLC

Latin American foundational novels (decimonónica), independence and nation-building, the Cuban Abolitionist novel

Adeline Johns-Putra

HKU/Surrey

Adeline Johns-Putra

Visiting Professor

Comp Lit; English

Ecocriticism (with a focus on climate change), Romanticism, and epic poetry; contemporary novel, history of the epic, literature and sustainability.

Loretta Kim

HKU

Loretta Kim

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).

Julia Kuehn

HKU

Julia Kuehn

Professor

English

Victorian literature and culture, travel writing (related to China) and critical theory. Women's writing, realist prose.

Tingcong Lin

HKU

Tingcong Lin

MPhil Student

English

Sino-foreign interactions; late imperial and modern
China; cross-cultural studies; cultural and historical geography; geocriticism

Alastair McClure

HKU

Alastair McClure

Assistant Professor

History

Modern South Asia and the British Empire; the relationship between violence, law and sovereignty in the context of nineteenth and twentieth century India and the Indian Ocean world; royal amnesty and corporal punishment.

Anneliese Ng

HKU

Anneliese Ng

PhD Student

English

Victorian novels, culture and society, Gaskell; capitalist discourse.

Jason Petrulis

HKU

Jason Petrulis

Lecturer

History

Capitalism and race in US and global perspective.

Sean Smith

HKU

Sean Smith

PhD Candidate

English

Colonial legacies, contemporary tourism; travel writing, visual cultures, the colonial picturesque.

Jessica Valdez

HKU

Jessica Valdez

Assistant Professor

English

Interdisciplinary research, novelistic form, media, identity, literature and culture; Victorian, realism, narratives.

Isaac Yue

HKU

Isaac Yue

Associate Professor

Chinese

Interdisciplinary studies of literature, history and culture (cultural identity) in both Chinese and western contexts; the Song-Yuan-Ming period, translation.

 

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  • [Book Launch] Steam City: Railroads, Urban Space, & Corporate Capitalism in 19th-Century Baltimore – David Schley (HKBU)
    Apr 08, 12:00 PM GMT+8
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    "...Eastern cities launched the first railroads in the United States to foster urban growth, and early railroads depended on municipal aid. How, then, did these urban, public improvements become paragons of capitalist power after the Civil War?" No registration required.
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    Mar 19, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM GMT+8
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    [Zoom link now available] New Models for Victorian Studies.
  • "The American Dilemma": Foreign Contract Labor and the Making of US Immigration Policy
    Nov 13, 2020, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM GMT+8
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    In this presentation, Dr. Hideta Hirota (Sophia University) will introduce his current book project, which examines a fundamental dilemma in American history – the tension between nativism against foreigners and demand for their labor. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History at HKU.

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Titles about Far East and China.

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    Rare and semi-rare early printed books and manuscripts from China.

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