Violence and Oral Tradition in the China-Vietnam Borderlands

Part of the One Asia Forum Talk Series.

Bradley Camp Davis_Violence and Oral Tradition in the China-Vietnam Borderlands 1With guest speaker Professor Bradley Camp Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Thursday, 3 November, 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00pm
Room 604, Asian Centre
Open to the public. All are welcome.

In this talk, Dr. Davis will analyze violence and oral tradition in his research on the Black Flag Army, the subject of his forthcoming book (Washington 2017) Imperial Bandits. Rather than a summary of his work on the Black Flags, Dr. Davis will expand upon two questions that animate the book: 1) How does violence relate to civilizing projects in Vietnam? 2) What do oral traditions tell historians about the past and present of violence? While this talk will focus on the bandit armies, imperial officials, and uplands communities in the nineteenth century China-Vietnam borderlands, Dr. Davis will also make broader comparative connections to encourage audience discussion.

Bradley Camp Davis_Violence and Oral Tradition in the China-Vietnam Borderlands 2About the speaker: An assistant professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, Dr. Davis received his Ph. D. from the University of Washington in 2008, specializing in both Southeast Asia and Late Imperial China. His first book, Imperial Bandits: Outlaws and Rebels in the China-Vietnam Borderlands, will be published in January 2017 by the University of Washington Press as a part of the Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asia series. His current work examines the production of ethnographic knowledge in late imperial Vietnam and its influence on European anthropology.