Rewriting the Past: Historical Big Data and a Scholarship of Discovery

School of Humanities and Social Science
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong S.A.R.

9-10 June 2014

Meeting program as a PDF

Organized by Cameron Campbell (HKUST), James Lee (HKUST), and Bin Wong (UCLA) with support from the HKUST-UCLA Collaborative Faculty Grant Program.

This two-day meeting brings together researchers who are constructing and analyzing large collections of historical East Asian micro-data. Participants include researchers working with household registers and genealogies, educational and examination records, GIS and spatial data. These records are drawn from a variety of settings in China, Japan and Korea. By introducing our projects to each other, we hope to identify potential areas for comparison in research and cooperation in training in relevant social science and humanities disciplines such as history, economics, demography, and sociology, as well as potentially related disciplines such as development economics and public health.

We have organized this meeting in response to recognition that the quantitative study of history is changing. In East Asia as elsewhere, the ability to create, analyze, and share large, complex datasets from archival and other sources is transforming the quantitative study of history. Detailed analysis of these new databases allows for new focus on describing and understanding complex patterns of similarity and difference across time and space. This represents a major departure from traditional approaches to quantitative history, which emphasized estimation of aggregate indices to be used in cross-national comparisons and reconstruction of trends.

Session I, on day one, will be devoted to Introductions to Sources. These are brief, broad overviews of each source that help provide a context for the detailed discussion for the roundtables on specific types of variables. These overviews do not need to provide comprehensive overviews of the contents of different datasets, since that should come out during the roundtables. The presentations will include one from Ken Smith, the Director of the Utah Population Database, one of the largest and longstanding such data collections in the world.

Session II, on days one and two, will be devoted to a series of roundtable discussions of Shared Research and Training Interests. The goal of the roundtables is to identify areas for future comparison and collaboration. In addition to summarizing relevant variables in their existing data, participants are welcome to identify relevant sources that could be transcribed and linked to produce additional variables. We encourage participants to prepare one or two page handouts for each of the roundtables they will contribute to that list these variables, along with key features. Initial contributions to roundtable discussion may be brief reviews of the material in the handouts, leaving time for discussion. Participants are encouraged to send in background materials introducing their data to be distributed in advance of the meeting.

Session III, on day two, will be devoted to Graduate Student Presentations. Students will present work on progress using novel datasets.

June 9, 2014 (Monday)

 

Venue: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Time

   

8:30am

Coffee and light refreshments

 

9:00am

Welcoming remarks and overview

James Lee, Cameron Campbell

 

Session I: Introductions to Sources

Session Chair: Satomi Kurosu

9:10am

East Asian Historical Population Registers

Hao Dong, Satomi Kurosu, Wenshan Yang

9:30am

The Past and Future of Historical Demography in Korea

Sangkuk Lee and Byunggiu Son

9:50am

集体化时期山西农村档案资料中的数据运用及其考证 (Use of Data from Collectivization-era Rural Shanxi Archival Materials for Research)

Yingze Hu

10:10am

The Utah Population Database

Ken Smith

10:30am

Break

 

10:40am

Careers of Qing Officials in the Jinshenlu

Yuxue Ren

     

11:00am

科举文献可供计量研究的方面 (Possibilities for Quantitative Research with Keju documents)

Haifeng Liu

11:20am

Introduction to the Database of Chambers of Commerce in Modern China

Haiyan Fu

11:40am

The Yellow River and the Northern Frontier: Spatial Analysis and Big Data for Environmental History

Ruth Mostern

12 Noon

Data on the Social Origins of Republican-era College Students

Hongbo Wang, James Lee

12:20 Noon

Lunch

 
     

1:20pm

Open discussion of Session I Introduction to Sources

 
     
 

Session II: Roundtable Discussions of Shared Research and Training Interests

 
     

2:20pm

Roundtable: Family Organization and Demographic Behavior

Moderator: Ruth Mostern

 

Emphasis on family and demographic outcomes such as health, disability, adoption, migration, and marriage type that are rarely considered in traditional studies of historical demography.

 

Discussion leaders:

S. Kurosu: adoption, marriage, migration in SAC/33NAC

C. Campbell: adoption, disability, migration in the CMGPD

S. Lee/B. Son: Korean sources

W. Yang: Taiwan household registers

 

 

3:20pm

Break

 

3:30pm

Roundtable: Education/employment

 

Occupation, position or title, educational attainment, literacy, social class

Moderator: James Lee

 

S. Chen: Positions and titles in the CMGPD-SC

H. Wang, E. Zang: Republican-era and post-1949 college students

 

4:30pm

Roundtable: Inequality and Land Distribution

 

Landholding, possessions

Moderator: Cameron Campbell

 

Discussion leaders:

 

S. Chen: Landholding in CMGPD-SC

M. Noellert: Landholding data in 20th century Shuangcheng
Y. Hu: Landholding in the Shanxi data

 

7pm

Dinner

 

 

June 10, 2014 (Tuesday)

 

Venue: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Time

   

8:30am

Coffee and light refreshments

 
     
 

Session II (Continued) : Roundtable Discussions of Shared Research and Training Interests

 
     

9am

Roundtable: Inequality and Social Categories

 

Institutional or administrative affiliations, ascribed characteristics, heritable social statuses, ethnicity

Moderator: Sangkuk Lee

10:00am

Roundtable: Collaborative Summer Training

Moderator: Wenshan Yang

10:50am

Break

 

11:00am

Roundtable: Comparison, collaboration, and funding

Moderator: Ken Smith

12:00pm

Lunch

 
     
 

Session III: Graduate Student Presentations

Chair: Bin Wong

     

1:00pm

Industrial sector and choice of major at Suzhou University

Emma Zang

1:20pm

Ethnicity, demographic behavior, and attainment in Shuangcheng

Bijia Chen

1:40pm

Between Civil Code and Commercial Custom: The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and Partnership Liability
in Republican Shanghai

Xiaowen Hao

2:00pm

Multi-Generational Approaches to the Study of Kinship and Stratification

Xi Song

2:20pm

Break

 

2:30pm

The multi-generational effects of kinship and marriage networks on the social status of Yangban elite in Joseon Korea

Sangwoo Han

2:50pm

Huizhou Merchants: Trade Networks, Lineages, and Commercial Institutions, 1750-1911

Meng Zhang

3:10pm

The ‘Nanjing’ trade: Hokkien Merchants and the Rise of the Shanghai-Manila Route at the turn of the 19th Century

Guillermo Ruiz-Stovel

3:30pm

Break

 

3:40pm

Class labels and land reform in Shuangcheng

Matthew Noellert

4:00pm

The Modern Chinese banking industry and government bonds – study from the perspective of cliometrics

Jie Liu

4:20pm

Discussion of graduate student presentations

 

7:00pm

Dinner

 

 

 

PARTICIPANT ROSTER

Family name

Given name

 

Institution

Status

Campbell

Cameron

康文

HKUST

Faculty

Chen

Bijia

陈必佳

HKUST

MPhil Student

Chen

Shuang

University of Iowa

Faculty

Chen

Ting

HKUST

PhD Student

Cheng

Wei

Xiamen University

PhD Student

Dong

Hao

HKUST

PhD Student

Fu

Haiyan

付海

Central China Normal University

Faculty

Guillermo

Ruiz-Stovel

麥莫

UCLA

PhD Student

Han

Sangwoo

한상우

Ajou University

PhD Student

Hao

Xiaowen

郝小雯

HKUST

MPhil Student

Hu

Yingze

胡英

Shanxi University

Faculty

Kurosu

Satomi

里美黑

Reitaku University

Faculty

Lee

James

李中

HKUST

Faculty

Lee

Sangkuk

이상

Ajou University

Faculty

Liu

Haifeng

刘海

Xiamen University

Faculty

Liu

Jie

刘杰

Central China Normal University

PhD Student

Liu

Guanglin

劉光

HKUST

Faculty

Mostern

Ruth

馬瑞

UC Merced

Faculty

Noellert

Matthew

倪志

HKUST

PhD Student

Ren

Yuxue

任玉

Shanghai Jiaotong University

Faculty

Smith

Ken

 

University of Utah

Faculty

Son

Byunggiu

손병

Sungkyunkwan University

Faculty

Song

Xi

宋曦

UCLA

PhD Student

Wang

Hongbo

汪洪

HKUST

Faculty

Wong

Bin

王国

UCLA

Faculty

Yang

Wenshan

楊文

Academia Sinica

Research Fellow

Zang

Shaolu

臧晓露

HKUST

MPhil Student

Zhang

Meng Ang

UCLA

PhD Student