Universalities in World History

Friday, March 17

Registration (12:00 P.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Introductory Remarks (1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Vernie Oliveiro (Harvard University)

Panel 1: Making Universalities (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Chair: David Armitage (Harvard University)

Berny Sèbe (Keble College, Oxford University)

Spreading Universality: British and French Imperial Heroes, 1850-1960 [abstract]

Commentary: Ed Berenson (New York University)

Tim Stoneman (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Translating the Universal into the Local: American Missionary Broadcasting in West Africa, 1954-1970 [abstract]

Commentary: Tona Hangen (Brandeis University)

Daniel Leese (International University, Bremen)

Performative Politics and Petrified Image: Analyzing Modern Personality Cults [abstract]

Commentary: Roderick MacFarquhar (Harvard University)

Coffee Break (3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Panel 2: Universalities in Localities (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Chair: Bryan Hehir (Harvard University)

Warren Wood (University of California at Santa Barbara)

The Dybbuk and the Re-Imagination of American Jewish Identity [abstract]

Commentary: Rachel St. John (Harvard University)

Leigh Denault (Newnham College, Cambridge University)

The Domestic as a Prism for the Universal: North Indian Households and Nineteenth-Century Hindu Social Reform [abstract]

Commentary: Shruti Kapila (Tufts University)

Nico Slate (Harvard University)

Peanut Milk Politics: Religion, Rural Development, and Race in the Relationship of G.W. Carver and M.K. Gandhi [abstract]

Commentary: Carol Anderson (University of Missouri)

Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner (from 6.15 p.m.)

By Invitation Only
At the Harvard Faculty Club
Reception at 6.15 p.m., Dinner at 7.15 p.m.

Keynote Address: David Armitage (Harvard University)

Saturday, March 18

Breakfast (8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.)


Panel 3: Ideas, Cultures, and the Universal (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Chair: Terry Martin (Harvard University)

Sarah Mortimer (New College, Oxford University)

Is Christís Law Universal? Socinianism and the Early Modern Debate upon Natural and Revealed Laws [abstract]

Commentary: Patrick Provost-Smith (Harvard University)

S.P. Ong (Churchill College, Cambridge University)

Macartney's Embassy to China and the Universality of the Law of Nations [abstract]

Commentary: Philip Kuhn (Harvard University)

Eleonory Gilburd (University of California at Berkeley)

Cultural Exchange and Universalist Thinking in the Soviet Union of the 1950s [abstract]

Commentary: Terry Martin (Harvard University)


Lunch (11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.)


Panel 4: Religion, the State, and the Universal (12:45 p.m.to 2:45 p.m.)

Chair: Erez Manela (Harvard University)

Jung Pak (Columbia University)

In Defense of Godís Hegemony: American Missionaries in Korea, 1910-1945 [abstract]

Commentary: Carter Eckert (Harvard University)

Lauri Tähtinen (Harvard University)

Religion, Statehood, and Sovereignty in the Portuguese Expansion into Africa [abstract]

Commentary: James Muldoon (Brown University)

Paul Chamberlin (Ohio State University)

A World Restored: Religion, Counter-revolution, and the Search for Order in the Middle East, 1968-1970 [abstract]

Commentary: Erez Manela (Harvard University)


Coffee Break (2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)


Plenary Session (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Chair: Hue-Tam Ho Tai (Harvard University)

Niall Ferguson
(Harvard University)

Baber Johansen
(Harvard University)

Erez Manela
(Harvard University)