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Chang Lectures throw light on archaeology, history, postcolonialism and migration

14 May 2021

The guest speakers, namely (clockwise from top left) Professor Liu Haiwang from the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres from the University of Cambridge, Professor Madeline Y Hsu from the University of Texas at Austin, and Professor Zhuang Guotu from Xiamen University, deliver their talks.
The guest speakers, namely (clockwise from top left) Professor Liu Haiwang from the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres from the University of Cambridge, Professor Madeline Y Hsu from the University of Texas at Austin, and Professor Zhuang Guotu from Xiamen University, deliver their talks.

Supported by the endowment fund set up by the family of the late Professor Chang Chuen, Founding Head of the Department of History, and his former students and colleagues, the 2021 Professor Chang Chuen Memorial Public Lecture Series was held by the Department of History in March and April to recognise Professor Chang’s valuable contributions to the Department. 


The annual event was delivered online this year due to the pandemic, and it was well attended by HKBU students and faculty members, as well as scholars from local and international institutions. 


In his lecture From bronze-casting to iron-casting: Symbols and Supports of the Unification of Diverse Chinese Cultures, Professor Liu Haiwang from the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology argued that copper and iron metallurgies were the most important technological symbols of the development of Chinese civilisations from diversity to unification. He also touched upon the recent hot topic of cultural relics from Sanxingdui. 


Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres from the University of Cambridge delivered a lecture entitled Archaeology, History and Science: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Terracotta Army. He drew on his expertise in material culture, archaeometallurgy, and the archaeological application of modern technologies to offer new insights into the production of the famous Terracotta Warriors. 


Professor Madeline Y Hsu from the University of Texas at Austin delivered a lecture titled Postcolonialism, Race, and Immigration Regulation in Singapore and the United States in which she discussed US immigration regulations in comparison with Singapore’s policies on race and migration.


In his lecture Chinese Migration to the South Seas: A Comparison between Fujianese and Cantonese Migrants, Professor Zhuang Guotu from Xiamen University probed into the intertwined relationship between Chinese migration and the Maritime Silk Road from the 1600s to the present.