Historical Conference

GHD Ubbo Emmius


Prof.dr. Hans van de Ven

Hans van de Ven is a professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Cambridge. His interests include the early history of the Communist Party, the Kuomintang-Communist Civil War and Chinese globalisation in the 1850-1950 period. Prof. Van de Ven has build an extensive library of articles and books on these subjects.

Born in the Velsen, prof. Van de Ven studied sinology at Leiden University and modern Chinese history at Harvard. He went on to earn his PHD in Harvard as well. He has grown fond of the classroom, believing it a unique and valuable place where surprising things happen. His latest books are China at War, 1937-1952 and Breaking with the Past: The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China.

During the Ubbo Conference prof. Van de Ven will give a keynote lecture on the topic of China and globalization.

Prof.dr. Hilde De Weerdt

Hilde De Weerdt is a Professor of Chinese History at the university of Leiden. Her interests include Chinese intellectual history, political culture, information networks, urban and environmental history, comparative historical methods and digital methods for humanities research. Prof. De Weerdt has written so far written three books on imperial China and number of articles.

Before her tenure at Leiden University, Prof. De Weerdt has lectured at the at the University of Oxford and she was a Fellow of Pembroke College (2007-2012) and Reader in Chinese History (2012-2013) at King's College London.

She obtained her PhD from Harvard University and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and Harvard University.

She was also a visiting fellow at the Peking University, the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taipei, Kyoto University, Academia Sinica (Taipei), Beijing University, Sichuan University, Shanghai Normal University, Osaka City University, National Tsing Hua University, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

During the Ubbo conference Prof. De Weerdt will talk on the subject of leadership in Chinese historiography from the seventh to the twenty first century and the degree to which we can surmise continuity in this field.

Further reading
  • Leiden University
  • Prof.dr. Ching Lin Pang

    Ching Lin Pang is an associate professor at the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven, where she teaches courses on China’s relations with the world and Chinese culture embedded in the theories of transnational mobilities and the ‘new normal’ in contemporary Chinese society. Prof. Pang is trained as philologist (MA at KU Leuven), Asian Studies-political scientist (MA at University of California Berkeley) and anthropologist (PhD at KU Leuven).

    She co-operates structurally with Zhejiang University, Lanzhou University and Yunnan University as guest professor in the area of transnationalism and aesthetics on the New Silk Road. In the past she has worked with Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiatong University, East China Normal University. On average she visits China three to four times a year. She is the promoter of nine doctoral students hailing from China, ROC, Italy and Belgium at KU Leuven and University of Antwerp.

    She believes in a transdisciplinary research and more cooperation with Chinese young and established scholars to enhance mutual trust, respect and deeper understanding of changes in China and in the world. As a person with a migration background she speaks different languages including Dutch, French, English, Chinese and Japanese.

    During the Ubbo conference Prof. Pang will talk on the subject of Chinese identity in a historical perspective.

    Further reading
  • KU Leuven


    Lucas den Boer is a PHD candidate at Leiden University and a lecturer of Asian philosophies at the University of Groningen. During the Ubbo conference Mr. Den Boer will give an interactive workshop on classical Chinese philosophy.


    The Groningen Confucius Institute will be organising a workshop in Chinese calligraphy during the Ubbo conference. The workshop will provide a hands-on approach with this piece of Chinese culture and art.


    Enjoy a walk through the fresh air of lovely Groningen brought to you by the best and brightest of GHD Ubbo Emmius. The tour will teach you all about Groningen's rich history, with a special focus on the medieval period.