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WHA 2013 Hanoi Symposium

December 28, 2013 - December 31, 2013

The World History Association, in association with the Vietnam National University, Hanoi – University of Social Sciences and Humanities,, and the Vietnam History Association, will hold a Symposium on ‘Vietnam in World History’ from December 28-31, 2013, with papers which pursue interdisciplinary, local-to-global, comparative, or international approaches so as to provide an opportunity for dialogue among world historians and scholars of Vietnamese society. Special emphasis at the conference will demonstrate Vietnam’s place in world historical processes or how our understanding of these processes must be modified in the light of the unique or special aspects of Vietnamese society.

These processes include aspects of cross-cultural entanglements (such as hybridization, indigenization, localization, and syncretism), the decline and fall  of empires, issues of gender, local agency, the colonial experience, nationalism, diasporas, warfare, conflict and post conflict studies, trade, economy language, religion, culture, art, national and regional questions in global perspective such as borderlands, diplomatic relations, investment, tourism, resource management issues, the environment, sustainability, and models for world history and global studies in terms of methodology, scholarship and instruction.

Papers already accepted will address such subjects as Colonialism and Confucianism Schools in Vietnam; Vietnamese urbanization in comparative perspective; Chinese principalities on the borderlands of Southeast Asia (including Ha Tien, Hoi An), the Religion of Champa in global perspective, Champa temple conservation issues, DRV programs promoting modernization and de-colonization in the early Cold War era; Reorganizing medical institutions (the modernization of Vietnamese medicine), Civilization and mobilization in PAVN during the American War in Vietnam; official and unofficial diplomacy in the Second World War, Role of women in development; Trade routes from the lower Mekong to the Southern Seas, Tonkinese labor in the New Hebrides, Mien Trung and World History and the role of South Asia in the First Indochina War. See the Hanoi Symposium Program Final for details on the entire symposium, including abstracts.

Because of the International Dateline, attendees may be able to make connections permitting participation at the American Historical Association meeting in Washington DC later that week.

At the request of the conference hosts, the Vietnam National University – Hanoi, University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Vietnam History Association, a workshop for Vietnamese teachers on world history will be held immediately prior to the symposium. Those interested in supporting/participating in the workshop should email: thewha@hawaii.edu.

Pre/post and concurrent symposium activities will be structured so as to permit tours of local sites and beyond which connect Vietnam to the wider region and the world, including Huế and possibly Hội An.

We welcome you to join us in Hanoi for what will be a wonderful symposium. Please click here for detailed information and answers to many of your symposium-related questions: Complete Hanoi Symposium Information (pdf). If you need any additional information, please email us at thewha@hawaii.edu.


Hanoi Symposium Program with abstracts

Hanoi Symposium Program Final no abstracts


December 28, 2013
December 31, 2013
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Unnamed Venue
Hanoi, Viet Nam


World History Association
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