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

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

This workshop explores the changing roles of monarchies in twentieth-century Asia in the evolving international system. The subject is comparative and transnational, looking particularly at the convergences and differences between monarchies in West Asia and East, South and Southeast Asia. Participants explore monarchies both as legal systems of external and internal sovereignty and as embodiments of symbolic power. The main areas of inquiry are the legal codification of monarchical power in new constitutions; nationalism and monarchism; the perception and management of rulers and internal legitimacies. The emphasis is on the interaction of nationalism and religion within monarchical polities in the twentieth century particularly under colonial rule and the Cold War.