If you plan to attend any session as part of the public,  kindly let us know as the seats are limited. Please contact Ms. Wen-hao Tien, BU Center for the Study of Asia,

DAY 1 –  FRIDAY MAY 29, 2015

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

9:00 am: Arrivals, Registration and Coffee

Panel 1: “Binding Maritime China: Historiography Past and Present”

9:15 – 10:45 am

Chair: Eugenio Menegon, Boston University

Discussant: Kären Wigen, Stanford University


Zhao Gang, University of Akron

“Bringing Them to Spatial Revolution: A Preliminary Study of How the Private Charts Reshaped the Chinese Understanding of the Global Integration from 1400 to 1840”

Matthew Mosca, William and Mary University & University of Washington, Seattle

“The Qing Maritime Information Order to 1840: Turning Points in Historiographical Perspective”

10:45 – 11:00 am   Break

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Discussant: Caroline Frank, Brown University


Matthew Linton, Brandeis University

“Approaching China from the Sea: Situating China in American Area Studies”

11:45 – 12:30 pm – Lunch

Panel 2 “Binding Maritime China: Control”

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Chair: Xing Hang, Brandeis University

Discussant: Lincoln Paine, Portland (Maine)


Michael Szonyi, Harvard University

“Soldiers, Smugglers and Pirates on China’s Southeast Coast: Military Households (Junhu) and the Maritime Asia Trade in the Ming”

Discussant: Caroline Frank, Brown University


Frederic D. Grant Jr., Boston

“Regulating Prosperity: The Management of China’s Maritime Foreign Trade, 1500-1843”

2:00- 2:15 Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Discussant: Heather Streets-Salter, Northeastern University


Andrew Liu, Villanova University

“Comprador under Control: The Chinese Export Tea Trade during the Second World War”

Philip Thai, Northeastern University

“’A Still Serious Matter’: Coastal Smuggling, Illicit Markets, and Survival Strategies in the Early People’s Republic”

3:45 – 4:00 pm  Break

4:00 pmKeynote Address

 Leonard Blussé, Leiden University

“Oceanus Resartus or  Is Chinese Maritime History Coming of Age? “

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Reception for All Attendees


DAY 2 – SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

9:00 am-5:30 pm

9:00 am: Arrivals, Registration and Coffee

Panel 3: “Binding Maritime China: Evasion”

9:15 – 10:45 am

Chair: Caroline Frank, Brown University

Discussant: Melissa Macauley, Northwestern University


Xing Hang, Brandeis University

“The Kongsi: A Transnational Story”

Hui Kian Kwee, University of Toronto-Mississauga

“Rise and Fall of Chinese Para-States in West Borneo (Indonesia), c. 1740-1850”

10:45 – 11:00 am  Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussant: Lincoln Paine, Portland, Maine

Steven Pieragastini, Brandeis University

“State and Smuggling in Guangzhouwan/Zhanjiang (1898-1998)”

Peter Thilly, Northwestern University & Colby College

“The Fujitsuru Mystery: The Pan-Asian Cocaine Trade of the 1920s-30s”

12:30 – 1:15 pm: Lunch

Panel 4: “Binding Maritime China: Interloping”

1:15 – 2:45 pm

Chair: Philip Thai, Northeastern University

Discussant: John Wills, University of Southern California


Jonathan Gebhardt, Yale University

“Ambidextrous Interlopers in Peril: Landino Sangleys and Sino-Spanish Conflict in Manila, 1570-1700”

Eugenio Menegon, Boston University

“Interlopers at the Fringes of Empire: The East Asia Procurators of the Propaganda Fide Papal Congregation in Canton and Macao, and their Maritime Network (1700-1823)”

2:45 – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Discussant: Melissa Macauley, Northwestern University


Shirley Ye, University of Birmingham

“On the Margins of Empires: German Capital Circulations and Asian Commodity Frontiers in the Construction of the China Coast (1820s-1910s)”

Discussant: John Wills, University of Southern California


Peter Perdue, Yale University

“Parasites or Cosmopolitans? Transnational Figures of the China Coast in the Modern Era

4:30-4:45  pm   Break

4:45 – 5:30 pm: Final Roundtable