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Poster prize for Olga Medvedeva at International Congress of History 2015

Merchants and Missionaries PhD candidate Olga Medvedeva recently won prize for best poster at the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences held in Jinan, China, in August 2015. The poster was based on her doctoral research project Connections and Mobility in transnational perspective: prosopographical study on Norwegians in China’s customs service in the late 19th – early 20th centuries.

Olga Medvedeva in front of her poster. Photo: private

Read more here (Norwegian).



Workshop invitation: Networks and Communication in East Asia and Beyond, 6–7 March 2015

Networks and Communication in East Asia and Beyond in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

The 'Networks and Communication in East Asia and Beyond in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries' workshop will be taking place on 6 and 7 March 2015 at Senate House, University of London.

This workshop sets out to explore the building of information and communications networks during the 19th and early 20th centuries across East Asia and beyond. Building on prior studies on trade and exchange of ideas between East and West, this workshop will focus on the modes of communications and type of networks that were essential elements in enabling and facilitating these exchanges.

Aims of the workshop

The aims of the workshop are as follows:

  1. To uncover the socio-economic, cultural, and political foundations which underpinned and encouraged the creation and development of these networks.
  2. To explore the broad scientific and practical rationale which lay behind the introductions of new modes of communication and new methods of recording, collating and disseminating information.
  3. To understand how the new styles of communication and information production reflected an overall picture of modernisation in East Asia, and its connection with much larger forces of globalisation and localisation.

Call for papers

We welcome papers exploring the above themes, in particular submissions which focus on how individuals, organisations, and ethnic groups in the period sought to built up frameworks – from informal methods of ‘common practice’ and adopted procedures, to codified and standardised methods and structures – which would enable discourse to be conducted and for information to be produced, exchanged and transmitted efficiently in private, commercial and governmental spheres, through a variety of media and means. Postgraduate students are welcome.

This workshop is jointly held by Dr Camilla Brautaset of Bergen University and Dr Weipin Tsai of Royal Holloway. We cordially invite your participation: please send a 200 word abstract through our submission form by 30 November.

More information 

There is no registration fee. Participants are expected to manage their own travel and accommodation. Lunch and drinks will be provided. All participants are invited for dinner after the workshop. 

At the workshop webpage (Royal Holloway, University of London) you will find more information and a direct link to the abstract submission form. 

For further information, do not hesitate to contact either Dr Camilla Brautaset  or Dr Weipin Tsai.


China Conference 2014, Bergen (16/10/2014)

On October 16th, project leader Camilla Brautaset was one of four speakers at the China Conference of 2014, "Chinese Communism anno 2014". Her talk had the title "The Historical Context: Citizens and state through revolution and reform". The other speakers were Ole Kjennerud, DNB, Florian Schneider, University of Leiden, and Stephen Feuchtwang, LSE.Flyer China Conference 2014


"Missions, sources and methodology", workshop in Bergen (27/5/2014)

On the 27th the project Merchants and Missionaries organized a workshop bringing together scholars to discuss missionary sources and methodology. With empirical examples from their work from across the globe, five mission historians from Australia, Canada and Norway presented different perspectives of the topic and joined in a fruitful discussion of the limitations and possibilities of missionary sources. 

Workshop programme


Missionary workshop in Bergen (5/3/2013)

"Merchants and Missionaries: Norwegian encounters with China in a transnational perspective 1890–1937"

In the beginning of Mars the project Merchants and missionaries arranges a workshop on Christian missions in China. A large number of researchers will attend the workshop, presenting and discussing research on Norwegiean missionary encounters with China.

Are you interested in participating as audience? Contact Camilla Brautaset.