Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America

Ghent University, Jozef Plateauzaal, J. Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent.

October 13-14, 2017


October 13

16:00 – 16:30 Welcome of the participants by the organising committee

16:30 – 17:30 “The Limits of Westernization: American and East Asian Intellectuals

Create Hybrid Modernity in the 20th century”, Jon Davidann (Hawaii Pacific University,

Fulbright Visiting Scholar)

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break

18:00 – 18:30 “‘We Have Outstripped Our Tutors’: the Rhetoric of Japanese Initiatives

to Modernize Global Race Relations in the Early Twentieth Century”, Robert Kane

(Niagara University)

18:30 – 19:00 “The Political Thought of Phan Van Truong: Decolonization and

Modernization through Romanized Script”, Kevin Pham (University of California,


20:00 – 22:00 Symposium banquet



October 14

09:00 – 10:00 “Categorizing wisdom and the wisdom of categorizing”, Bart Dessein

(Ghent University)

10:00 – 10:30 “Zhun Gu on the modernization of China”, Chen Bohang (Ghent


10:30 – 11:00 “The Asiatic Mode of Production as Method: Theory in Asia or Theory by Asia, from Marxism to Postcolonialism”, Hwang Hoduk (Sungkyunkwan University)

11:00 – 11:30 “The Order-Freedom paradox in Iranian conception of modernity (1850-

1911): the Roots of security-development dilemma”, Abdolrasool Divsallar (Teheran


11:30 – 12:00 “Building a Sarvodaya Order in India: Democracy Over Development”,

Prakash Kumar (Pennsylvania State University)

12:00 – 12:30 “Property Rights: A critical, global and comparative perspective on land

reforms and land rights transformation” Dieter Bruneel, Pieter De Reu, Hanne Cottyn

(Ghent University)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 “The beginning of the century: Imperialism, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Early 20th Century China”, Wang Hui (Tsinghua University)

15:00 – 15:30 “Revolution, Resurrection, Rebirth: Ideology and Utopia in the Right Wing

Discourse on the Nation and the World in Inter-War and Wartime Japan”, Christian Uhl

(Ghent University)

15:30 – 16:00 “Nakai Masakazu and the Aesthetics of the Machine: A Paradigm of

Modernity in Japan 1930-1950”, Okamoto Genta (Okayama University)

16:00 – 16:30 “The Enlightenment in Japan: looking beyond traditional historical

narratives”, Mick Deneckere (Ghent University)

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 18:00 “Reception of the ‘Renaissance’ in Modern Japan:1890-1960”, Okada

Atsushi (Kyoto University)

18:00 – 18:30 Final comments and greetings