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‘Historical’ and ‘Ahistorical’


【Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities】Lecture Series

【The Long Nineteenth Century – Intellectual Turmoil during the Late Qing Period】


Lecture 6: ‘Historical’ and ‘Ahistorical’


About the Lecture

During the last two decades of the Qing dynasty, a trend that sought to define what is ‘historical’ and what is ‘ahistorical’ emerged. Such differentiation not only determined the boundaries of historical scholarship. It also had real-world implications, similar to the British and French civilization theories of distinguishing between ‘civilization’, ‘savagery’, and ‘barbarism’, creating the basis of nineteenth-century Eurocentrism. This trend of thought encouraged the aggressiveness of the nation, arguing that only through such aggression could the nation become a historical entity that aligns with such spirit/essence, otherwise it would be considered pre-historical.



Professor Wang Fan-sen

Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities

Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Academician, Academia Sinica



Professor Zhitian Luo

Outstanding Professor in the Humanities at Sichuan University



Professor Pei-yin Lin

Head of the School of Chinese of The University of Hong Kong


7th June 2024 (Friday)  | 4:00 pm

Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong


Language: Mandarin*

*Simultaneous interpretation in English is available upon request on-site. (First-Come First-Served.)


Free Admission. Registration required. First-Come First-Served.



(For HKU Staff and Students)


(For Alumni and Public)

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