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The transnational research seminar is dedicated to the study of cultural transfers between different regions and the German-speaking area, but also far beyond. This time Mark Gamsa (Tel Aviv) speaks about "The Daily Life of Harbin as a Russian-Chinese City"

Lecturer: Mark Gamsa (Tel Aviv)
Topic: The Daily Life of Harbin as a Russian-Chinese City

This will be a talk about Harbin, a city in Manchuria (now Northeast China). In the first half of the twentieth century, the population of this city included large numbers of tsarist Russian colonialists and refugees from the Bolshevik Revolution alongside Chinese labour migrants. Russia founded Harbin as part of its railway imperialism in Manchuria and administered the city until the 1920s. Then a Chinese militarist regime took over, succeeded by a Japanese one from 1932, when occupied Manchuria became the puppet state of Manchukuo, to the end of World War Two.

How might one approach the study of cross-ethnic contact in daily life? Where does material culture come in, and how can historical anthropology assist with interpreting the varieties of cultural transfer? My talk expands on chapter 5 of Mark Gamsa, Harbin: A Cross-Cultural Biography (University of Toronto Press, 2020).

The seminar will take place online and will be held via Zoom. All participants must first register via this form.