New Frontiers in Asian Economic History

The AAS is pleased to invite applications to participate in the first workshop in its new workshop series “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation. The first workshop, entitled “New Frontiers in Asian Economic History,” will take place on May 11-15, 2017 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

The value of economic history as an area of enquiry stems from the centrality of economic activity to the human condition. With a significant fraction of the world’s population living in Asia and some of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world, Asia is poised to become the center of the world economy. Economic historians in the disciplines of history and economics have responded with a renewed interest in the historical roots and contexts behind this growth. At the same time, they have faced obstacles rooted in the demands of their disciplines, in constraints on the ability to work on certain regions of Asia and in the large investment necessary to pursue a research agenda that combines linguistic and regional expertise and diverse methodological skills. This workshop recognizes the increasing number of scholars, particular younger ones, embarking on the study of Asian historical economies, the breadth of topics encompassed by their work and the importance of overcoming obstacles to this research and opening new opportunities for future work.

The aims of this workshop are:

  1. to enhance the profile of economic history of Asia,
  2. to create a community of scholars spanning the sub-regions and disciplinary boundaries of Asia,
  3. to encourage historians and economists to engage in a dialog that will enable mutual understanding and appreciation, thereby planting the seeds for collaborative research across disciplinary boundaries, and
  4. to assist young scholars of economic history in launching and securing successful career trajectories in their various disciplines and/or institutions.

Recognizing the wide variety of issues addressed by scholars of economic history, there is no central theme for the workshop. The goals of the workshop will best be met by bringing together scholars whose work illuminates both the interdisciplinary possibilities open to economic historians and the wide range of methods and questions that can deepen our understanding of historical economic processes, practices and outcomes.

Workshop Structure

The workshop will bring together between 10 and 12 paper presenters as well as 6-8 senior scholars from the fields of economics and history who participated in a planning workshop held in June 2016.


The ideal participants of the workshop are late-stage (dissertation writing) doctoral students and early-stage faculty members (pre-tenure or within seven years of receiving their doctorate in a relevant field) or other early career scholars (post-doctoral researchers).


The summer workshop is supported by a generous grant from the Luce Foundation. Expenses for travel, room, and board will be covered for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Application Process

Scholars wishing to participate in the 2017 summer workshop are asked to submit via email an abstract of no more than 10 pages, accompanied by CV of no more than 2 pages to AAS Executive Director, Michael Paschal, at Applications will be reviewed by a panel of senior scholars who have agreed to act as mentors for the workshop.

Deadline for applications

  • January 6, 2017.

See the full call for applications at:

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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