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HS12: Legitimating the State: International Orders and Political Imaginations of China, 1300-present


This Working Group brings together three historians who study Northeast Asia from the Mongol period to the present, with a particular focus on the changing concept of “China” in the context of political legitimation and international engagement.

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Active since: 2021

  • Cornell University
  • Skidmore College

Collaborative Goals

As a group of historians working on China, we aim to foster public engagement, share our scholarly expertise, and make connections to communities around and beyond our campuses. Our proposed activities range from manuscript workshops, to teaching demos/exchanges and invited talks.

Group Organizers

Jenny Huangfu Day

Associate Professor of History, Skidmore College

Mara Yue Du

Assistant Professor and Himan Brown Faculty Fellow, Cornell University

Group Outcomes

Jenny Day was able to workshop the most challenging chapter of her book manuscript with two leading scholars in the field, which was instrumental to the the revision of the manuscript and the positive feedback she received from the press. The workshop also enabled both Jenny and Mara to connect to experts who will be able to help in their academic and career development in the future.