Spring 2018

Monarchy and Sovereignty in Twentieth-Century Asia A Symposium
Organized by Prasenjit Duara and Adam Mestyan

April 13 Friday 2018
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, Room 240
Duke University


8:45 Welcome by Prasenjit Duara & Adam Mestyan

9:00-11:00 Panel 1. Monarchy in the Colonial Age
Chair & commentator: Engseng Ho (Duke University)

Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina) – “What do the Muslim Admirers of the Meiji Emperor teach us about the Connected Histories of Monarchies in Long 19th Century Asia?”

Faiz Ahmed (Brown University) – “Modern Muslim Kingship and the Islamic Nation-State: Royal Legitimacy, Religious Authority, and the Amani-Kemalist Dialectic”

Adam Mestyan (Duke University) – “ ‘Like Sons to the Father’: The Codification of Dynasties in Arabic Constitutions, 1860-1940s”

11:00-11:15 Coffee

11:15-13:15 Panel 2. Monarchy and Decolonization
Chair & commentator: Prasenjit Duara (Duke University)

Milinda Banerjee (Presidency University, Kolkata / LMU Munich) – “Monarchic Idioms in Modern Indian Thinking about Sovereignty: European Challenges, Asian Solidarities, and Subaltern Militancy”

David Malitz (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok) – “American Monarchism and Monarchical Anti-Communism: The Japanese and Thai Monarchies and the Beginning Cold War”

Axel Michaels (Heidelberg University) – “The Śāha Monarchy in Nepal’s Constitutions (1854 – 2016)”

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-16:15 Panel 3. Monarchy and Global Transformation
Chair & commentator: Giovanni Zanalda

Noriko Kawamura (Washington State University) – “Emperor Hirohito and the Cold War in Asia”

Wasana Wongsuravat (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok) – “The Crown and the Communists: The Thai Monarchy and the People’s Republic of China in the Post-Mao Era”

Ervand Abrahamian (The City University of New York) – “The Iranian Monarchy: An Anachronism?”

16:15–16:30 coffee

16:30-17:30 Summary discussion
Chair: Adam Mestyan (Duke University)