New perspectives on Chinese Australian history: imperial encounters at home

This seminar focuses on new research on the historical relationships between the British and Chinese empires and British and Chinese Australians.


Sascha Auerbach explores relations between the imperial and the intimate, the ways in which Victorian class and gender expectations shaped British and Australian understandings of the possibility of Chinese assimilation into British societies, at a time when the home was increasingly becoming a public, legal space inspected and regulated by the state.

Dr Sascha Auerbach is a lecturer at Nottingham University and author of Race, Law and ‘The Chinese Puzzle’ in Imperial Britain (Palgrave, 2009).

Ben Mountford focuses on the Australian participation in the Boxer War to examine how Britons at home, in China and in Australia perceived the Australian contribution and its implications for Britain’s imperial future and the growing importance of ‘Greater Britain’ to British interests in Asia.

Dr Ben Mountford is the M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History at Oxford University whose research and teaching interests centre on Australian, British, Global and Imperial History.

Sophie Loy Wilson looks at responses in Australia to Japanese imperialism in China in the 1930s and especially the ‘Save China’ campaign instigated by the Chinese Australian community and debates among humanitarian groups, who likened Japanese imperialism in China to British imperialism in Australia.

Dr Sophie Loy Wilson is a Lecturer in Australian Studies at Deakin University, where she teaches and writes about Australian history in a transnational context, with a particular focus on anticolonialism and China-Australia relations in the first half of the twentieth century.

Friday, 27 September 2013, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, Theatre B Old Arts Building, The University of Melbourne, PARKVILLE VIC 3010

Admission is free. Bookings are required. Seating is limited. To register visit: newperspectives

For further information please contact Rochelle Sullivan or phone 9035 8358.