E – Concepts and digital tools, fields and disciplines in global history

Creating global/world history from Asian perspectives: Activities of the Asian Association of World Historians (AAWH), 2009-2019

Event Details

  • Date

    Thursday, 25 June - 13:00 – 15:00

  • Venue
    tba
  • Theme
    E – Concepts and digital tools, fields and disciplines in global history
Convenor
  • Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Graduate School of Letters)
Chair
  • Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Graduate School of Letters)
Commentator
  • Diego Holstein (University of Pittsburgh)
Panelists
  • Yasuko Hassal Kobayashi (Ritsumeikan University, Faculty of Global Liberal Arts)
  • Jie-Huyn Lim (Sogang University, Critical Global Studies Institute)
  • Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Graduate School of Letters)

Papers

  • Shigeru Akita
    Creating Global History from Asian Perspectives----challenges from Osaka
  • Yasuko Hassal Kobayashi
    ‘Trans pacific Visions: Connected Histories of the Pacific across North and South’
  • Jie-Huyn Lim
    ‘The Holocaust Meets the Post-colonial in the Global Memory Space---Flying University 2019’

Abstract

In the last ten years since the establishment of AAWH at Tianjin/Osaka, the association has continued to explore new interpretations of world and global histories from Asian perspectives. This panel introduces our recent activities, especially the achievements of the 4th Osaka Conference (5-6th January 2019). Osaka conference served to explore and present new interpretations based on trans-regional or trans-national analyses. This framework combined a vertical historical perspective of the longue-durée from the ancient to the contemporary period with a horizontal analysis encompassing a range of specific regional studies beyond the purview of national histories. The conference was anchored by three plenary lectures by distinguished Asian historians. Prof. Li presented an analysis of Central and Eastern Eurasian history based on the study of global economic history. Prof. Mitani reconsidered the historical significance of the Meiji Revolution on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, and Prof. Mukherjee examined the modern and contemporary development of the world economy and globalization from perspectives of the ‘Global South’. These keynote lectures together with 17 large panels and 30 individual papers offered valuable insights and perspectives for creating world and global histories from Asian perspectives. In addition, our aim was to make a lasting contribution to society by collaborating with senior high-school teachers and journalists in view of reforming world history education in Japan and Asia through the publication of several text books. In addition to brief introduction of our Osaka Conference, two Board members of AAWH will introduce the latest research/educational attempts to create Global/World History from Asian perspectives, based on their ideas and practices.