Source: College of History
From August 24 to 25, 2019, a seminar on British social history was held in Beijing, sponsored by the School of History, Beijing Normal University, and sponsored by the Center for World Modern History Research, School of History, Beijing Normal University. The seminar conducted in-depth discussions and exchanges on the frontier issues of current British social history studies, and discussed the manuscripts of the Preparatory Series of British Social History. The seminar was chaired by Professor Guo Jiahong, Secretary of the Party Committee of the History College of Beijing Normal University. Honorary chairman of the British History Research Association of China, Professor Qian Chengdan, Dean of the Institute of Regional and National Studies of Peking University, Professor Min Fanxiang, School of History of Nanjing University, and Editor Zheng Haiyan, Publishing House of Nanjing Normal University, etc. more than 30 scholars and experts attend the seminar.
Professor Guo Jiahong introduced to the participants the achievements of personnel training in the direction of world modern history in our college of history in recent years. Many excellent doctoral graduates are currently teaching in universities at home and abroad. In this seminar, they will report to experts and scholars on their latest achievements in scientific research. The topics involve British society; the important issues in the study of consumption; crime control; changes in public health system; construction of food and drug safety system; development of modern insurance industry; prevention and control of animal epidemics; colonial public health management, evolution of drug policy, and changes in the system of alcohol prohibition and liquor circulation management have strong frontier and practical significance. It enriches the study of British social history and provides a useful reference for the governance of social problems in China.
In his speech at the opening ceremony of the seminar, Mr. Qian Chengdan pointed out that the topics discussed in the seminar reflected the new trend of British social history research and had strong professionalism and orientation. Many young scholars carried out social history research in the form of team research and planned to form a series of thematic books, which not only integrates academic strength, improves the academic ability of young scholars, but also explores potential outstanding topics, and provides useful ideas for the study of British history in the new era.
In the section of topic report and discussion, young scholars reported on their respective research topics, focusing on the research objectives, basic ideas, innovations and so on, and elaborated on the research framework and main chapters of the proposed publication of manuscripts. Subsequently, the reviewers commented on various research topics, not only discussing the related issues involved in their research, but also correcting the paradigms and details of the article writing carefully and striving to create academic excellence. In the second day's seminar, Professor Zheng Haiyan also commented on the significance and value of various research topics from the angle of editing and publishing, and gave specific suggestions on Revising the manuscripts from the aspects of publishing norms, reading experience and writing style.
At the end of the seminar, Professor Guo Jiahong made a concentrated summary of the conference, emphasizing that the young scholars who participated in the seminar were all excellent doctoral students who graduated from the World Modern History Direction of History College of our university in recent years. Their research topics began in the period of doctoral study, and later in teaching practice and scientific research. Work continues to deepen and enrich, and has been able to write independently. These young scholars enrich our understanding of the evolution of British society from a unique perspective. From the writing of manuscripts, we can see their growing process from the initial exploration of knowledge to the words of a family, which embodies the characteristics and achievements of the teaching of world modern history and the training of talents in our school in recent years. It is hoped that scholars will strive for excellence in subsequent research and manuscript writing, and that the research results will better reflect the changes of British society, more accurately grasp the relationship between historical details and grand themes, and more strengthen problem awareness and realistic concern.