Sep 25, 2012

The Dean William Parks Colloquia Presents

(Newport News, Va.) - The Christopher Newport University Dean William Parks Colloquia will present the lecture “Reconsider the ‘Rise of Japan’ and the ‘Fall of China’ After 1895,” featuring guest speaker Dr. Benjamin Elman. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m., in the David Student Union Boardroom, and is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

Elman will use the 2006 MIT “Website Controversy” regarding Japan’s victory in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95 to indicate that we are entering new historical terrain vis-à-vis “modern” China and Japan. Narratives constructed by a war’s victors and losers shroud the past in ideological fog. Penetrating the fog of the "first" Sino-Japanese War allows us to see Sino-Japanese cultural relations before 1894 in a new light. The Meiji “rise of Japan” empowered “modernist” views to critique the alleged "backwardness" of Chinese art and traditional Chinese history, which gave Chinese revolutionaries a “failed China” discourse in post-war East Asia.

Elman is Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University. His teaching and research fields include Chinese intellectual and cultural history from 1000 to 1900, the history of science in China, the history of education in late Imperial China and Sino-Japanese cultural history. His recent publications include On Their Own Terms: Science in China,1550-1900 (2005) and A Cultural History of Modern Science in China (2006).

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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