The TransAsia and the World podcast features interviews with scholars about Asian and transnational history. Established and early-career scholars discuss historical questions, scholarship, and contemporary issues with University of Wisconsin-Madison’s team of graduate student editors.

Recent Episodes

  • Photo of Tom Mullaney

    Interview with Tom Mullaney

    Professor Tom Mullaney discusses how thinking about technology changes how we understand Asian and global history. Learn about grand narratives in the history of science, the importance of studying low-impact inventions, and how systems of knowledge, practice and politics are embodied in everyday technologies.

  • Photo of Lin Li

    Interview with Lin Li

    Gender: The Transnational Redress Movement - Join us, as Lin Li discusses the politics of historical memory around Comfort Women in East Asia. Learn how their efforts have always crossed national boundaries, flummoxing ideas like national tragedy and memory.

  • Portrait of Madihah Akhter

    Interview with Madihah Akhter

    Gender: The Muslim Matriarchies of India - Join us, as Madihah Akhter shares fascinating stories about the Begum of Bhopal, a powerful female sultan of one of India's princely states. As Indians across the British Empire imagined an independent India, the Begum offered a vision that prioritized Islamic femininity and princely power.

  • Photo of Sarah Mellors

    Interview with Sarah Mellors

    Gender: Birth Control in China - Join us, as Sarah Mellors discusses birth control in China during the early Communist era. Learn how Chinese families thought about and practiced birth control before the One-Child Policy.

  • Portrait of Ayako Kano

    Interview with Ayako Kano

    Gender: The Largest Category of Human Experience - Join us, as professor Ayako Kano discusses gender, family, labor, and the current Abe administration's policies in Japan. Learn how activism and policy-making related to gender strike at the heart of a society's culture and politics.

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TransAsia and the World is produced by graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. See “About the Editors” to learn more about our current team.

Our sponsors include the UW History Department and the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS). Podcast artwork was created by Katherine Randle.