Event Details

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:30 PM
Department of History
Public Lecture: Difficult histories, Dangerous Pasts: Childhood, Disease and Emotion in Colonial Asia.

Message from Department of History The Department of History at HKU warmly invites you to a 'History in the Making' public lecture, by Professor David M. Pomfret, Chairperson of the History Department, titled "Difficult histories, Dangerous Pasts: Childhood, Disease and Emotion in Colonial Asia." This talk is the first in a new series of lectures which aim to highlight the importance and relevance of history and to facilitate exposure to, and engagement between, historians and the Hong Kong public. Event Poster Date: 25th May 2017 (Thursday) Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences 2 Caine Lane, Mid-Levels, Sheung Wan Time: 7:00 p.m. (Drinks Reception) | 7:30 p.m. (Talk) Abstract: What role did children play in the history of Europe's empires? How did views of them support or undermine the colonial order or things? Why did individual children's sufferings from 'tropical' diseases provoke crises with imperial consequences? In this talk, Professor David M. Pomfret, chairperson of the Department of History introduces findings from his recent, prize-winning book, Youth and Empire (Stanford University Press, 2016). Focusing upon debates about leprosy in colonial Asia the talk shows how the stories of individual children drove global exchanges that helped to construct modern medicine. This event is free. For registration, please go to: http://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=49389 For inquiries, please contact the Department of History (history@hku.hk, 3917-2874). Warm Regards, The Department of History 1063 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

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