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Dr. David M Pomfret
Dr. Pomfret is Associate Professor in Modern European history.
Dr. Pomfret has published widely in comparative British and French
history, the history of Childhood and Youth, urban history and the comparative
history of modern Europe and its empires (see publications
Imperial Contagions: Medicine and Cultures of Planning in Asia, 1880-1949
(with Robert S. Peckham) (Hong Kong University Press, 2013) ISBN:
978-988-8139-12-5 (hardback) ISBN 978-988-8139-52-1 (paperback)
Diasporic Chineseness after the Rise of China: Community, Culture and
Communication (University of British Columbia Press) (with Kam Louie
and Julia Kuehn) (University of British Columbia Press ,2013).
Youth and Empire: Childhood and Race in Colonial Asia (under review)
A Global Age: Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century
(co-edited with Professor Richard Ivan Jobs) (under review)
Young People and the European City: Age Relations in Nottingham and
Saint-Etienne (Ashgate, 2004)
"Beyond Risk of Contagion: Childhood, Hill Stations and Planning
in British and French Colonial Cities," in Imperial Contagions:
Medicine and Cultures of Planning in Asia, 1880-1949 (with Robert S.
Peckham) (Hong Kong University Press, 2013)
"Medicine, Hygiene and the Re-ordering of Empire," in Imperial
Contagions: Medicine and Cultures of Planning in Asia, 1880-1949 (with
Robert S. Peckham) (Hong Kong University Press, 2013)
"China Rising: A View and Review of China's Diasporas since the
1980s" in Diasporic Chineseness after the Rise of China: Community,
Culture and Communication (University of British Columbia Press) (with
Kam Louie and Julia Kuehn), forthcoming 2013
"'Raising Eurasia': Race, Class and Age in Hong Kong and Indochina,"
Comparative Studies in Society and History [Cambridge University
Press]51, 2 (2009): 314-343
Slavery' in French and British Far-Eastern Colonies, 1880-1945" Past
and Present [Oxford University Press] 201, 1 (2008): 175-213
Muse for the Masses'": Gender, Age and Nation in France, Fin de Siecle,"
American Historical Review [American Historical Association] 109, 5
"Adolescence dans le contexte culturel de la ville," in Lorsque
l'enfant grandit: Entre dependance et autonomie ed. Jean-Pierre
Bardet, Jean-Noel Luc, Isabelle Robin-Romero, and Catherine Rollet (Paris:
Presses de l'Universite de Paris Sorbonne, 2003).
"The 'City of Evil' and
the 'Great Outdoors': The Modern Health Movement and the Urban Young,
1918-1940," Urban History , [Cambridge University Press] (2001).
Winner of Dyos
Prize for Best Article .
Dr. Pomfret is working on several other projects looking at children
and childhood in comparative perspective in colonial Asia, including
an CERG RGC grant funded project on 'age and empire,' and a comparative
trans-colonial project on young men and women provisionally titled,
Imperial Generations: Youth, Race and the Colonial Contest, 1880-1940
The following courses are run by Dr. Pomfret. Please follow this link to see which are running in the current academic year:
HIST1016 The Modern World
HIST2013 Twentieth Century Europe, Part One, 1914-1945
HIST2014 Twentieth Century Europe, Part Two, 1945-1990
HIST2042 The History of Sport
HIST2046 The Modern European City: Urban Living and Open Spaces
HIST2048 The History of Young People in Modern Europe
HIST2062 From Empire to EU: Culture, Politics and Society in Twentieth Century Britain
HIST2063 Europe and Modernity: Cultures and Identities
CCHU9003 Making History: Engaging with the Powerful Past
Research Postgraduate Supervisions
1. Ms. Li On Ki, Angelina "'Mental Bloc': Western European Constructions
of Eastern Europe and the Integration Project, 1945-2002, with Particular
Reference to Germany, France and the United Kingdom" (M.Phil, 2004)
2. Ms. Leung Man Kee, Mandy "Solitude and Solidarity: The History of
Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century France" - Judged 'outstanding' by
examiners and nominated for thesis prize. (M.Phil
3. Mr. Lai Chun Yue, Eric, "Reading Hitler: Representations of Nazism
in the British Press, 1928-1939" (M.Phil 2004)
4. Mr. Wong Chun Leung, "Modern History of the Eurasian Community in
5. Ms. Ko Yeung Katherine, "Girlhood in Hong Kong: A Study of the Mui
(M.Phil 2007) - Judged 'outstanding' by examiners and winner
of award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student in the 2006-7
6. Ms. Tsang Chiu Long Carol, "A History of Birth Control in Britain
and Hong Kong, 1945-1997"
7. Ms. Satoko Handa, "Saving the 'Age of Innocence': Catholicism and
Representations of Childhood in Early Modern France" (M.Phil 2008) -
Judged 'outstanding' by examiners and winner of award for Outstanding
Research Postgraduate Student in the 2007-8 round.
Mr. Paul Kua, "History of the Boy Scout Movement in Hong Kong" (Ph.D
Ms. Penelope Pang, "'Other People's Children': Protestant Missionaries,
Childhood and Colonialism in Hong Kong under British Rule" (M.Phil 2009-11)
Tel: 3917 2865
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/rp/rp01194