Xin Fan 范鑫
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2013
E303 Thompson Hall
I am a historian of modern China with a strong interest in world history. In my work, I am fascinated by three general issues in historiography and intellectual history in a world-historical context: What is the relationship between past and present in a modern society? What is the relationship between foreign knowledge and indigenous intellectual tradition in a country where nationalism increasingly plays a dominant role in shaping its political consciousness? And how have cultural, social and political conditions affected the production of knowledge in a non-Western society such as China’s during the twentieth century? With these questions in mind, I have developed a broad interest in issues of knowledge production, which includes the sociology of knowledge, postcolonial theory, and recent developments in world and global history.
• “First World War Historiography 1918-today (China),” in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, edit. Oliver Janz et al. (peer-reviewed and scheduled to be published in 2014) (c.a.