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Conference Panel on Manchurian Plague

Nov 18, 2011

Cluster members Frank Grüner, Sören Urbansky and Cornelia Knab organised a panel on the Great Manchurian Plague at the 43rd Annual Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Washington DC. 

The aim of their panel "Creating and Crossing Borders: Russian, Chinese and International Authorities Against the Great Manchurian Plague" was to explore how Russian and Chinese authorities tackled the Manchurian Plague in 1910-1911. The Panel took place during the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies' 43rd annual convention in Washington DC.

PhD Frank Grüner, leader of Junior Research Group B10 "Harbin", gave a talk on "Administering the Catastrophe: Russian and Chinese City Authorities Dealing with the Plague in Harbin and Fujiadian". PhD candidate Sören Urbansky, also a member of research project B10, presented a paper on "Epidemics and State Borders: Quarantine and Plague Prevention in the Sino-Russian Borderlands". Moreover, PhD student Cornelia Knab, who is a member of research projects A3 "Networking" and C6 "Transnational Networks", spoke on "Death in a Global Context: International Reactions to the Manchurian Plague". The panel was chaired by PhD Ines Prodöhl from the German Historical Institute, Washington DC, who is a former Cluster member.

The convention is one of the core activities of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. This year it took place in Washington, DC, from November 17th to November 20th 2011.


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