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Summer volunteering placements in rural China

with NGO Dream Corps. Application deadline: 29 February 2016.
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New Chinese Film + Director's Q&A

Daytime screening and discussion of Factory Boss 打工老板 (2014) with director Zhang Wei 张唯 and Chinese film specialist Chris Berry (KCL), Thursday 25 February, 9.30–13.00.
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Di Lu Wins IASTAM Junior Scholar Essay Prize

We are delighted and proud to announce that current CCHH PhD student Di Lu 蘆笛 has been honoured with the IASTAM Charles Leslie Junior Scholar Essay Award for his outstanding paper 'Transnational Circulation of the Knowledge of the Caterpillar Fungus to Early 20th Century'.
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International postgraduate summer school

What Makes us Human? Philosophical and Religious Perspectives in China and the West, Central European University, Budapest, July 4–15 2016. More...

History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar: Professor Elisabeth Hsu

‘On heart and liver in Chinese and Tibetan medicine: a situated history of not wanting to know’. 19 January 2016, 6pm for 6.15. Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (map).
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Thinking Chinese 思華 . 華思

Podcasts and documents now online, for this conference and exhibition, jointly convened by UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity and Ming-Ai (London) Institute in Spring 2015. More...

Isabella Bird (1831–1904): Photographic travels in China

Wednesday 4 November, 5.15pm, Rockefeller 339.
A talk on intrepid travel photographer Isabella Bird and her voyages in late 19th-century China, by travel writer and former Royal Photographic Society curator Deborah Ireland. More...

Medical Humanities in China – conference

An international interdisciplinary conference at Peking University Institute for Medical Humanities, 15-17th October, 2015, jointly convened by UCL and PKU
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Takaki Nishiyama

The International Leviathan: The British Imperial Institution and the East Asian Ab-intra States System, 1842-1943


Biography: After the completion of my master degree at Kyoto University (Japan), I moved to UCL. I published the article, ‘An External Foundation of the Imperial Legal Institution: The construction of the British Commercial System in China, 1842-60’ in Shirin (the Journal of History) [Takaki Nishiyama, ‘An External Foundation of the Imperial Legal Institution: The construction of the British Commercial System in China, 1842-60, Shirin (the Journal of History), vol. 95 no. 2 (2012), pp. 70-107.].

Thesis Abstract: My PhD research, ‘The International Leviathan: The British Imperial Institution and the East Asian Ab-intra States System, 1842-1943’ is in the history of international law and international relations in East Asia from the mid nineteenth to mid twentieth century. The primary purpose of my research is to explore the function of international law and relevant legal instruments in the relationship between different world orders of East Asian and Euro-American countries. My research will show not only comparison or contrast between ‘civilisations’, but also their political, social and economic interaction through international law.

My research is interdisciplinary and relevant to British imperial history, East Asian international history and the history of international law. While the history of international law has previously been subordinated to the interests of international jurisprudence, this project will locate the development of international law in the historical context.

Particularly, my focus is on legal instruments in relation to the diplomatic and commercial transactions between the British Empire and East Asian countries. I will mainly use treatises on international law and official documents of the British, Chinese, Japanese, Korean governments.

Through this research, I intend to demonstrate a comprehensive view on the history of East Asian international law and relations. In turn, this project will indicate British imperial power in East Asia was based on international law and regulations, that is, the ‘formal’ foundation of ‘informal empire’.

Primary Supervisor: Vivienne Lo

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