LSE Chinese Economic and Social History Workshop I

12 and 13 March 2023 (GMT) Online

Hosted by the Department of Economic History

Organizers: Nora Yitong Qiu, Melanie Meng Xue 

To register please complete this form: LSE Chinese Economic and Social History Workshop I 

For more information contact Nora Yitong Qiu


(You can download the programme as a PDF here: Workshop Programme)

Sunday 12 March - Keynote Speech


A Cultural Theory of Economic Divergence and Reconvergence

Taisu Zhang, Yale University


Panel 1. Troubled Qing Empire: Manchus, Money, and Sold People 14:00-16:00



Seizing the Pawn: A Social Network Analysis of Confiscation Practices in Late Imperial Qing China (1644-1912)

Nora Yitong Qiu, LSE


Slaves or Adopted Sons? Imperial Artisans and Status Disputes Among Bondservant Households in Early Qing Manchuria.

Chenxi Luo, Washington University, St.Louis


The Monetary Shadow of High Qing: Copper Cash Counterfeiting during the Qianlong Reign (1736-1795)

Xiaoyu Gao, University of Chicago


State Regulation and the Creation of Qing-Kazakh Trading Centers

Chao Lang, Harvard University


Panel 2. Modern China: Reform and Rebellions 16:30-18:30



Coeducation Reform and Evolution of Gender Norms: Evidence from University Coeducation in 1920s China

Yuchen Lin, Warwick University


Mothers at the crossroad: Gender-generational Inequality during Republican China’s Legal Reforms

Shumeng Han, UC San Diego


The Sacred Red and Communist Red: Vernacular Religion and Rebellion in the Lawless Frontier of Southwest China

Shuhui Zhou, University of Washington, Seattle


How Bottom-up Data Manipulation Mitigates Authoritarian Risks: Evidence from China’s Public Health Campaign

Jingyang Rui, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Monday 13 March - Keynote Speech 


Taxation and Revolution in Late Qing Sichuan

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Kaske



How to Navigate a Career in Chinese Economic History - the Hidden Curriculum


Panel 3. Economic and Political Changes: Causation and Correlation 14:00-16:00



Awakening Latent Human Capital: Entrepreneurship and the Opening-up of China

Li Duan, Hongkong University


Marx Meets Weber: The Dissolution of Communes and the Rise of Religion in China

Pinghan Liang, Sun Yat-Sen University


Adjustments And Vicissitudes: The Indirect Banknote Issuance In Republican China, 1915-19491

Meng Wu, University of Manchester


Newspaper, Post Office, and Protest: How Do Political Information Diffusion and Social Interactions Affect Collective Action in Late Imperial China?

Boxiao Zhang, Renmin University


Panel 4. Agriculture, Occupation, and Knowledge 16:30-18:30



Regional Variations in Chinese Agriculture and Urbanisation from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Century

Zhao Dong, Oxford University


Resisted Motion: (Im)mobility of Miao Arrow Poison in Eighteenth-century China

Chang Xu, Washington University, St. Louis


By-Employment in the Long-Twentieth-Century Yangtze Valley: Structural Change, Land System, and Specialisation

Ying Dai, Cambridge University


The Entangled Production and Livelihood: An Ethnography of Farming Life in Maoist China, 1949-1980

Shumeng Han, University of California, San Diego