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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
  • Colgate University
  • Skidmore College

Collaborative Goals

We aim to increase understanding of each other's research, organize new events for next year. We also plan to invite an expert whose research speaks to our shared interest, and develop our respective book projects through intellectual exchange with each other and with the invited guest.

For 2021-2022, we had two Zoom meetings to update one another about the latest development of our research. Additionally, we invited Timothy Brook for a public-faced roundtable around the theme of the Corridor Group: Legitimating the State, International Orders and Political Imaginations of China. For 2022-2023, we organized one manuscript workshop at Skidmore College and another at Colgate University to critique chapters of group members' ongoing book projects.

Group Organizers

David Robinson

Robert H.N. Ho Professor in Asian Studies and Professor of History, Colgate University

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.