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History Writing and the Nation in Chinese and Euroamerican Perspectives
A Progress Report
On May 27, 2014, UChicago Professors Judith Farquhar and Haun Saussy, along with University of Chicago China scholars and visiting scholars from Beijing, Shanghai, and Calgary, met to discuss the following questions: How does the writing of history construct a collective present? Do historiographical and interpretive traditions in Chinese and European languages appropriate the past in different ways? What objects, archives, or places constrain and configure collective memory? What frictions appear as we translate one civilization’s history into another’s? Read “History-Writing as the Fabrication of Moral Communities: Conditions of Inclusion and Narratability” presented by Haun Saussy.