Winter 2022 Schedule

Thursday, January 20 | Xiaoyu Gao

PhD Student in History, The University of Chicago

Title: “The Monetary Shadow of High Qing: Copper Cash Counterfeiting during the Qianlong Reign (1736-1796)”

Discussant: Gabriel Groz, PhD Student in History, The University of Chicago

(Zoom, 4:00 – 5:30 pm CT)

Thursday, February 3 | Yang Zhang 

Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Title: “The Retreat of the State? The Politics of Bureaucratic (Under-)Development in Imperial China, 900s-1800s”

Discussant: Shuang Chen, Associate Professor of History, University of Iowa

(Zoom, 4:00 – 5:30 pm CT)

Thursday, February 10 | Yuan Julian Chen

Postdoctoral Associate, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

Title: “Kaifeng’s Seafood Consumption and the Song Dynasty Fishing Revolution”

Discussant: Faisal Husain, Assistant Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University

(Zoom, 4:00 – 5:30 pm CT)

Friday March 4 | Judd C. Kinzley

Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: “Wartime Dollars and the Crowning of China’s Hog Bristle King: The Dubious Legacies of American Aid, 1938-1949”

Discussant: Jacob Eyferth, Associate Professor of Chinese History in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

(CEAS Room 319, 4:00 – 6:00 pm CT)

Thursday, March 10 | Yuan Tian

PhD Candidate in History, The University of Chicago

Title: “A Battle for Control: Foreign Firms, Chinese Employees, and the Pig Bristle Trade in Treaty-port Chongqing”

Discussant: Carl Kubler, PhD Candidate in History, The University of Chicago

(Zoom, 4:30 – 6:00 pm CT)


If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jiakai Sheng ( and/or Xiaoyu Gao (