Dr. Xin Fan

  Dr. Xin Fan

Dr. Xin Fan

Associate Professor

Thompson Hall E317 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3880

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Ph.D., Indiana University

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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.

My Recent Publications:
Xin Fan, World History and National Identity in China: The Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, Feb. 2021).
Almut-Barbara Renger and Xin Fan, eds., Receptions of Greek and Roman Antiquity in East Asia (Brill, 2018).

Teaching Interests

World, East Asia, and China

Research Interests

Chinese Intellectual historiography, historiography, and world/global history

Intellectual Contributions

  • "World History and National Identity in China: The Twentieth Century ," Cambridge University Press (2021).
  • "Introductionto the English edition of Lei Haizong’s Chinese Army and the Chinese Culture," N/A (2020).
  • "International Law in Ancient China’: Eurocentrism and the Rethinking of Case Studies in Chinese Intellectual History," Global Intellectual History (2020).
  • "Receptions of Greek and Roman Antiquity in East Asia," Brill (2018).

Presentations

  • "世界史学与中国认同 World History and National Identity in China," Master Lecture Series (2021).
  • "世界史的“前世今生”:全球视野下二十世纪初中国的西洋史教学 World History before World History," N/A (2021).
  • "World History and National Identity in China (book talk)," World History and National Identity in China (book talk) (2021).
  • "二十世纪中国的的世界史学与民族认同 World History and National Identity in China," N/A (2021).
  • "二十世纪的世界历史与中国认同 World History and National Identity in China," N/A (2021).
  • "o From Semi-Colonial Ambiguity to Nationalist Assertation in Twentieth-Century China," N/A (2021).
  • "Chinese Natinalism," Cambridge Winter Festival (2021).