Keynote Address | Three Eras of Asian Migration: Pleistocene, Holocene, and Anthropocene

Patrick Manning

Venue: Room 1504, 1555 Century Avenue, NYU Shanghai
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 CST

The four sections of this 40-minute talk are to review Asian migration and identify issues for research. First, it traces early migrations, resettlement, and agriculture in the Pleistocene (plus early Holocene) era of climate instability, up to 2000 BCE. Second, it chronicles migrations in the late Holocene era of climate stability, the era of Asian empires and expansion of societies up to 1800 CE. Third, it addresses the return to climate instability in the Anthropocene (since 1800), a time of economic divergence, population growth, and urbanization. The concluding section emphasizes the varying effects of migration in five major Asian regions, to open discussion on the possibilities for relevant and feasible research projects.


Patrick Manning is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus, at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was Director of the World History Center (2008–2015). Manning served as president of the American Historical Association, 2016–2017. Trained as a historian of Africa, he became a specialist in world history, emphasizing migration and historical datasets. He is author of The African Diaspora: A History Through Culture (Columbia University Press, 2009), Migration in World History (Routledge, 2012; second edition), and Navigating World History: Historians Create a Global Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)—available in Chinese; he is co-editor of three books on world history of science. He was supported by the Institute for Global and Transnational History, Shandong University, for 2017 research on his next book, A History of Humanity: Evolution of the Human System (forthcoming 2020).

Introduction and moderation of the Q&A by Joanna Waley-Cohen, Provost and Professor of History, NYU Shanghai; Julius Silver Professor of History, NYU.

* This event is co-sponsored by Global Perspectives on Society.



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