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Friday, April 17, 2009
4:00 AM
Hussey Room, Michigan League University of Michigan

Featuring conversations among twelve leading scholars of early modern Asia, Europe, and South America, this interdisciplinary conference will showcase novel comparative perspectives in the fields of literary, social, art, and economic history and re-examine the theoretical and methodological premises of comparative historical studies.

Please visit the conference website at:

Gregory Blue (University of Victoria) "The Rise and Fall of Enlightenment Sinophilia: Did Political Economy Lead the Way?"

Claudia Brosseder (University of Heidelberg) "Magic in Comparative Perspective: Early Modern Europe and Colonial Latin America"

Katherine Carlitz (University of Pittsburgh) "Chastity and Pornography in China and England, 1500-1640"

Luke Clossey (Simon Fraser University) "Did Aurangzeb Write Tom Jones? Eurocentrism and Writing the Early Modern World"

Walter Cohen (Cornell University) "Out of India: Global Early Modernity"

Jack Goldstone
(George Mason University) "Cultural Trajectories: The Power of the Traditional within the Early Modern"

Su Fang Ng (University of Oklahoma) "Dutch Wars, Global Trade, and the Heroic Poem: Dryden's Annus Mirabilis (1666) and Amin's Syair Perang Mengkasar (1670)"

Kenneth Pomeranz (UC Irvine) "Areas, Networks, and the Search for 'Early Modern' East Asia"
Ayesha Ramachandran (SUNY Stony Brook) "A War of Worlds: Becoming 'Early Modern' and the Challenge of Comparison"

Richard Vinograd (Stanford University) "Accommodating Incompatibilities in Early Visual Modernity"

Ann Waltner
(University of Minnesota) "Comparing Family Histories in the Early Modern Period: The View from China"

R. Bin Wong
(UC Los Angeles) "Did China's Late Empire have an Early Modern Era?"

The closest airport to Ann Arbor, is the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Please allow 40 minutes commuting between the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and Ann Arbor.

Below is a list of local ground transportation companies. We do not support any specific transportation company.
Metro Cars (734) 946-5700
Checker Sedan (877)553-6761
Airport Super Shuttle (734) 507-9220
1 Airport Ride (734) 787-9082
Amazing Blue Taxi (734) 846-0007

A block of rooms have been reserved at:
Courtyard by Marriott - Ann Arbor 3205 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Phone (734) 995-5900 Fax (734)995-2937 Rooms are held until March 17th at a special price of $82/night.

For more information or to register for the conference, please e-mail:

This conference is sponsored by the Global Ethnic Literature Seminar and the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.