Fellows' Field Reports
with Carl Kubler
Members: Free | Visitors: Free with admission
Please join us to hear 2020-2021 Boston Athenæum and American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellow Carl Kubler discuss the private lives of Bostonian merchants in China, their families, and their domestic servants in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Kubler is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Chicago, where his research centers on the social, economic, and transnational history of late imperial China. His dissertation, titled “Barbarians on the Shore: Negotiating Global Trade and Daily Life on the South China Coast, 1780-1860,” examines the
dynamics of socioeconomic opportunity seeking and conflict resolution between merchants, sailors, prostitutes, interpreters, coolies, cooks, pirates, and other liminal actors whose global circulations
helped shape the course of Sino-Western relations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Pushing back against conflict-centered narratives of Chinese-foreigner interaction, he argues that mutually incentivized problem solving, rather than conflict, characterized transnational relations on the ground level. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and Fulbright Program, among others.