Dominic Sachsenmaier holds a chair professorship in “Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives”. Before coming to Göttingen in 2015, he held faculty positions at Jacobs University, Duke University as well as the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his education at Freiburg University, St. Andrews University, Nanjing University and Harvard University. Sachsenmaier’s main current research interests include China’s transnational and global connections in the past and present.
In this talk, Prof. Sachsenmaier will focus mainly on the lived realities of academic historiography, considering it as a professional field and comparing it to other global professional realms. Doing this brings a very obvious inconsistency to the surface: our concepts have changed; our global thinking has grown more decentered, and there has been a growing consensus when it comes to criticizing Eurocentrism and other forms of hegemonic thinking. However, while this marks a great change in our disciplinary cultures, many of the hierarchies in the global sociologies of historiographical knowledge production that emerged during the 19th century are still intact today. This talk offers some reflections on the place of East Asia in these contradictory worlds of historiography.