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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Political Violence: Comparing State-Sponsored Violence in Cambodia & Indonesia –
William Noseworthy compares the political violence in Indonesia under Suharto and in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. Although Cambodia’s communist-sponsored violence was quickly labeled “genocide,” both events pursued policies of genocide in their actions.
Political Violence: The Politics of Cold War Humanitarianism –
Felix Jiménez Botta discusses the connections between humanitarianism and political violence in Cold War relationships between South America and Germany.
Political Violence: Right to Violence & the Japanese Left –
Alex Macartney discusses political violence practiced by Japanese and West German “Red Armies” in the 1960s and ’70s, calling attention to global developments, transnational connections, and gendered violence.
Political Violence: A Strategy of Resistance –
Join us, as professor William Marotti defines “political violence” for us and explains why political groups – such as the Japanese New Left in the late 1960s – chose to use violence as a tactic of political protest and activism.
Special Episode (Part 2): North Korea –
Join us for an interview with historian David Fields, reflecting on developments in the year since the Roundtable on the North Korea Crisis and historicizing current U.S. relations with North and South Korea.