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2008 China in Asia Workshop: Maritime Asia in the Early Modern World, at University of Washington

In light of new evidence contained in recently discovered maps and shipwrecks, this symposium considers the connections of maritime Asia to world history in the early modern era and Chinas relations with Southeast Asia in particular. This is the second in a series of annual meetings on China in Asia jointly sponsored by the UCLA Asia Institute, the UW East Asia Center, and the USC East Asian Studies Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program.

University of Washington
May 10, 2008, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Simpson Center for the Humanities, Communications 202


Dr. Santanee Phasuk, Chitralada Palace School, Bangkok.  Co-author of Royal Siamese Maps:  War and Trade in Nineteenth Century Thailand.

Prof. Zhimin Man.  Director, Institute of Historical Geography, Fudan University, Shanghai; Author of Historical Climatic Change in China

Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam.  Department of History, UCLA.  Director, UCLA Center for India and South Asia.  Author of The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama. 

Dr. Roxanna Brown.  Director, Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok.  Author of The Ceramics of Southeast Asia:  Their Dating and Identification.

Prof. Emeritus John Wills.  Department of History, USC.  Author of 1688:  A Global History.

Prof. R. Bin Wong. Department of History, UCLA.  Director, UCLA Asian Institute.  Author of China Transformed:  Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience.

Preliminary Program

9:00  Welcome and Introduction
Prof. William Lavely
Jackson School of International Studies, UW

9:15  Royal Siamese Maps
Dr. Santanee Phasuk
Chitralada Palace School, Bangkok

10:00  Explanation of Place Names on the Navigation Map of the Royal Siamese Maps
Prof. Zhimin Man
Institute of Historical Geography, Fudan University, Shanghai

10:45  Break

11:00  On Connected Histories and Early Modern Cartographies
Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Department of History, UCLA

11:45  Discussion

12:30  Lunch

2:00  The Sea Trade from China to Southeast Asia
Dr. Roxanna Brown
Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok

2:45  Diaspora? Mediterranean? Tribute System? Some Big Ideas with Small Applications for the Understanding of Maritime Asia
Prof. John Wills
Department of History, USC

3:30  Break

3:45  The Political Economies of Early Modern Southeast Asian Maritime Trade
Prof. R. Bin Wong
Department of History, UCLA

4:30  Discussion

For further information, please contact:
Prof. William Lavely or Prof. R. Bin Wong

Asia Institute