28 May 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site


                                  “The work in progress seminars were varied, stimulating and of  high intellectual calibre.”
                                                     Susanne Hakenbeck (Archaeology), Early Career Fellow, Lent 2017

This event was postponed on 13 May due to illness and we are pleased that it has  been possible to reschedule it. 

Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work in Progress Seminar Series.  All welcome but please email  Michelle Maciejewska to book your place and to request readings.  A sandwich lunch and refreshments are provided.

Dr Rachel Leow

This paper examines the May Fourth movement of 1919 as an ‘event’ unfolding at temporal and spatial remove in Southeast Asia, through a comparison of its emergence in both Chinese- and English-language newspapers in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Here, 'May Fourth' took place on other dates, as the event fractured in the multilingual public sphere of colonial Malaya. Timelines and reportage in different language presses converged and diverged as the crisis unfolded, highlighting international factors, such as temporal delays in global telegraph communications, to local factors, such as uneven and staggered moments of protest, reprisal and colonial violence, right down to personal factors, including the temperaments and dispositions of the editors involved. In the elaboration of this event I explore the notion of difference and rupture, rather than continuity and similarity, within migrant and diasporic contexts. 

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