During the two-day workshop, a group of scholars of Asian history examines the pre-colonial history of citizenship in Asia. Are citizenship, democracy, and human rights really purely Western conceptions, as many have concluded since Aristotle? Have such ideas about state-citizen interaction come to Asia from elsewhere, as part of the package of twentieth century modernity? By bringing together specialists on Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East, this workshop breaks new ground by investigating how people in these polities thought about and developed practices of self-rule, rights and contestation even before colonialism and modernity introduced Western notions of citizenship in Asia. The workshop is organized in preparation for a special edition of Citizenship Studies, which is to appear in 2019.
Henk Schulte Nordholt, Paul Bijl, Adriaan Bedner, Helen Creese, Remco Breuker, Ward Berenschot, David Washbrook, Ian Caldwell, David Henley, Stephen Druce, Gerry van Klinken, Siep Stuurman, Roel Meijer, Ann Kumar & Hilde de Weerdt.
You can find the program here.
Please register if you wish to attend the workshop and/or Gerry’s farewell ceremony: [email protected]
Photo: Slaves in ancient China serve their master. The Ming Dynasty made slavery illegal – Key Groups: Ancient China.