University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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'The GECEM Project Database: Theory, Methods and Sources for the New Global History in China and Europe (XVIth-XIXth century)

Abstract:'The paper begins by presenting a state-of-the-art regarding the implementation of several databases in the context of Global History. Understanding better the manners in which academics have used the new technologies to create data repositories, permits to propose new models of data integration and normalization. Precisely, the second part delves into the results of the critique previously conducted; the foundations of the GECEM Project Database are shown here to clarify the research problems that are addressed by integrating cross-references between Chinese, American and European sources and analysing them by the means of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and a Geographical Information System (GIS). Thirdly, examples derived from the database will be succinctly presented: consumption data for Marseille and fiscal information of the Philippines which is paramount to study the smuggling activities connecting with Chinese coastal areas (Macao, Canton and Fujian) undertaken by sangleys (Chinese traders in the Philippines). The paper closes with a small section that remarks the necessity to open the debate about the categories.

Speaker:Dr. Manuel Perez Garcia 

Bio:'Manuel Perez Garcia is currently Associate Professor at the Department of History, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China from 2013 to 2017, and postdoctoral fellow at Tsinghua University (China) from 2011 to 2013. He was visiting scholar at UCBerkeley, UNAM (Mexico City) and University of Tokyo. He has been recently awarded with an ERC (European Research Council)-Starting Grant, conduct the GECEM (Global Encounters between China and Europe) project on China-Europe market integration, consumption and economic growth. He is the founder and director of the Global History Network in China (GHN), the first academic network in global history established in China.He is the editor-in-chief of the Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History. Among his latest publications stands out the co-edited book with Lucio de Sousa, Global History and New Polycentric Approaches Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (XVI-XIXth centuries); and his monograph ‘Vicarious Consumers’: Trans-National Meetings between the West and East in the Mediterranean World (1730-1808).

Venue and time:4:30 - 6:00pm New ICC (68)

30 Nov