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10th Anniversary Public Lecture: Professor Robert Bickers, British historian and author

05 March 2015 (19:00-20:30)

Rebecca Jin
Provost Office
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As part of the University's 10th anniversary public lecture series, Professor Robert Bickers, a renowned British historian will give a public talk on the campus in March.

About the talk

Topic of the talk is “World in Motion: Professional Circuits through Nineteenth Century China”. It explores the acceleration of travel, and the interaction of various performers with China, c. 1850s-1890s. It uses "professionals" in an old sense, of theatres and performers, and discusses amateur and professional music, circuses, Hong Kong's first tourist, a Chinese giant, jugglers and acrobats.

Speaker biography

Robert Bickers is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. Amongst other books he is the author of Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (2003) and The Scramble for China: Foreign devils in the Qing empire, 1832-1914 (2004). He directs the 'Historical Photographs of China' project, at Bristol University, and is a Co-Director of the AHRC-funded British Inter-university China Centre. He is interested also in cemeteries and photographs and their post-colonial lives, clipper ships, lighthouses and meteorology in China. His most recent book is Getting Stuck in for Shanghai: Putting the Kibosh on the Kaiser from the Bund (Penguin, 2014).