Mise à jour le 30 juin 2022

Histoire de l'Asie orientale (cours en anglais).

Contemporary History of Asia, a Critical Approach.

Frederic Roustan, Associate Professor, History of Asia.

The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge of the major questions that currently structure, on an international scale, the research in Contemporary History of Asia. In order to give students a broad view of the dominant issues in historical production on this area, we will address various questions from papers written in English by historians mainly from the American and Asian academic worlds. Then, this course also aims to get students to think about a decentering point of view by presenting epistemological questions asked by non European historians. The selection of academic papers and chapters around which the lessons are structured might concern a specific country or several countries and leads to a methodological and epistemological discussion. The course embraces topics concerning East Asia, Southeast Asia as well as South Asia.

A B2 level in English, at least, seems relevant to fully enjoy the readings and the discussions. But every effort is made to welcome students who want to improve their English.

Validation: A synopsis and analysis of a proposed academic paper on a specific topic must be presented in front of the class as an oral presentation.

The sessions will be organized around the following themes:

1. Introductive session

2. Calling into question the Area Studies

3. Global history and Asia 1

4. Global history and Asia 2

5. History of Asia as a history of migrations

6. Colonial history in the history of Asia

7. Studying the construction of racialized identities in East Asia

8. Historical revisionism(s)

9. To decenter the point of view 1: Subaltern studies

10. To decenter the point of view 2: rethinking Japanese Studies from a Southeast Asian perspective

11. To decenter the point of view 3: the construction of the regional concept of Southeast Asia in Japan

12. Closing session