Competing imperalisms in Northeast Asia, 1894-1953

Project Details


The Competing Imperialisms Research Network (CIRN) brings together UK-based and Japan-based scholars to develop interdisciplinary approaches to Northeast Asia’s turbulent modern history of imperialism, interconnection and resistance.

Funded by the ESRC and AHRC, the Competing Imperialisms network is exploring new approaches to Northeast Asia’s contested pasts, bringing leading scholars together with those much earlier in their careers. The project emphasises interdisciplinary, international and comparative approaches to the study of imperialisms, transnational connections, frontiers and borderland communities in the region.

The project includes:
– scholarly publications, including an edited book
– a programme of conferences
– public history activities

The project is led by the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast and by the Graduate School of Political Science at Waseda University, alongside the Faculty of Asian and African Studies at St Petersburg University.
Short titleCIRN
Effective start/end date09/01/201931/12/2021

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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