Date: 25-26 May 2018 (Fri-Sat)
Location: The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R.

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Youth in the Age of Empire



It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Children and Youth in a Global Age, hosted by The University of Hong Kong. Our meeting features dozens of papers as well as a keynote by Professor Colin Heywood (University of Nottingham). And it represents an opportunity to explore the rich potential of making children and youth the focal point of historical research.

At a time when historians are placing greater emphasis upon the global and the trans-national our meeting asks what roles children and youth played in 'intimate' histories. How were ideas about childhood and youth instrumentalised and institutionalised to underpin authority, nationhood, or different genres of imperialism? How did everyday practices, objects and ties inform ideas, practices and structures of youth and childhood? In what ways were youthful practices shaped in circulation, through border-crossing?

The conference provides a forum for the discussion of these questions and more from a variety of disciplinary approaches. Our conference location, Hong Kong, offers an ideal vantage point from which to reflect on the historical reach and limitations of overlapping imperialisms, emerging nationalisms, and post-colonial tensions as we foreground young people and their experiences. We wish you a very enjoyable conference. Please spread the word about the conference using our hashtag: #youthemp2018.

Individual papers are 15 minutes in 4-paper panels, and 20 minutes in 3-paper panels. Please address questions to

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Conference Keynote Speaker

Images of Youth: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We are delighted to announce that Colin Heywood, Emeritus Professor of History at The University of Nottingham will deliver the keynote address. Professor Heywood is author of works in the social and economic history of childhood. He has authored A History of Childhood: Children and Childhood in the West from Medieval to Modern Times (Wiley, 2013), Growing up in France: from the Ancien Régime to the Third Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Childhood in Nineteenth-century France: Work, Health and Education among the 'Classes Populaires' (Cambridge University Press, 1988), and the forthcoming monograph A History of Childhood in Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2018).


This keynote lecture investigates images of youth from the medieval to the modern period. Starting with three case studies revealing the way three French youths depicted themselves, it works outwards to illustrate positive and negative images of youth in their social context. Scaling up analysis to engage with images from the West more generally, it notes the recurrence of certain themes down the ages, and the way adults both idealized and demonized this stage of life.

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Conference Venue

4.34 and 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Registration Venue: 4.29-4.30, Run Run Shaw Tower (click here for transportation information)

(HKU Campus Map: Click to enlarge)

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  • Hotel Jen Hong Kong (Hotel Website) (Click to book here)
    508 Queen's Road West, Hong Kong (Google Map)
    Telephone: (852) 2974 1234
    Nightly rate: HKD$900 (+10%) / HKD$1,020 (+10%) / HKD$1,140 (+10%)

    We have accommodation available at preferential rates which you may book directly with Hotel Jen (by Shangri-La). This hotel is close to the University, with many amenities, including rooftop swimming pool, and is linked via air-conditioned tunnels to HKU courtesy of the MTR (metro) system.

    To book at the special rate, simply click on the link above. This will take you through directly to the hotel form. Please note: the form is set up to allow bookings at the symposium rate for any range of dates between 23 and 27 May. If you wish to reserve a room before or after that date range please contact the hotel directly, quoting the corporate group rate locator number "HKU250518".

  • Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong SoHo (Hotel Website) (Click to book here)
    83 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (Google Map)
    Telephone: (852) 3417 8888
    Nightly rate: HKD$880 (+10%)

    Please follow the link to arrange directly with the hotel so that you can benefit from the discounted conference rate for your stay.

  • Robert Black College (Website)
    University Drive, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Google Map)
    Telephone: (852) 2296 1771
    Nightly rate: HKD$750

    We have made affordable accommodation available in our campus dorm, Robert Black College. You can book our dorm facilities by contacting Rooms will be available from 23 to 27 May at the cost of HKD750 per night.


There are many restaurants and cafeteria both on the HKU Campus and near HKU. For more information on on-campus eateries, see here. For information concerning nearby restaurants, see here.

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Things to Do

Hong Kong is an international city standing in the threshold of old and new, East and West. Click here to find out information about museums and historical sites in Hong Kong.

You can also find events happening in Hong Kong and more suggestions on Hong Kong Tourism Board's website

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Prof. David M. Pomfret
Department of History, HKU
+852 2859 2865

Ms. Wilhelmina Y. H. Ko
Department of History, HKU
+852 3917 2862

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