Saturday - 29/10/2022 19:49
On the morning of October 27,  the International conference “From the Port to the World: A Global History of Indochinese Ports (1858-1956)” took place at the University of Danang - University of Science and Education (UD -UED).
Group photo for the conference
Well-prepared reception at the conference
        The International Conference “From the Port to the World: A Global History of Indochinese Ports (1858-1956)” is a scientific forum gathering leading scientists, researchers from France, the United States, Germany, Canada, Norway, China, Japan and Vietnam. It was co-organized by UD-UED and Southern Brittany University (Université Bretagne Sud -UBS) (France). Besides, there were also partners: Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV); University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Hanoi (VNU – USSH); Le Havre Normandie University (France); the University of Paris (France); Institute of Asian Studies, Aix-Marseille University (IrASIA, AMU) (France); the Francophone University Association (AUF) (France); French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) (France); CoolieBrokers Research Program, the University of Paris (France); French Military History Research Program (France); French Academic Network for Asian Studies - Scientific Interest Group (GIS ASIE) (France); Overseas Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences d'Outre-Mer).
        From the international side, there was the attendance of Ms. Cécile Vigneau, First Counselor of the French Embassy in Vietnam; Prof. Dr. Jean-François Klein, Vice-Chancellor of Southern Brittany University (UBS) (France); Prof. Dr. Dominique BARJOT, Representative of the Overseas Academy of Sciences (France); Assoc.Prof.Dr. Jean Martinant De Preneuf, Representative of the French Military History Program, University of Lille (France); Prof. Dr. Eric Guerassimoff, Representative of CoolieBrokers Research Program, the University of Paris (France); Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Phuong Ngoc, Representative of Institute of Asian Studies, Aix-Marseille University; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Le Failler Philippe, Director of the Institute of Ancient Uncle Ho in Hanoi; Assoc. Dr. Tessier Olivier, Director of the French School of Asian Studies; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Thomas VAISSET, Representative of Le Harve Normandie University; Mr. Delameziere Samuel, Director of the French Institute in Danang.
From the domestic side, there was the attendance of Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Thi Hanh - Director of Center for Francophone Research and Cooperation Asia – Pacific [CECOFAP], Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam; Dr. Vu Thi Minh Huong, Vice President of the UNESCO Memory of the World Commission for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP); Ms. Phan Thi Thuy, Head of Professional Department, Da Nang Union of Friendship Organizations; Mr. Nguyen Le Duc Huy, Vice Chairman of Vietnam - France Friendship Association in Da Nang city; Mr. Le Tien Cong, Deputy Director in charge of Hoang Sa Exhibition House.
From the side of the University of Danang, there was the attendance of Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Le Hung, Director of Science, Technology and Environment Department.

From the side of UD-UED, there was the participation of Assoc.Prof.Dr. Luu Trang, the  Rector of; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Xuan Bach, Vice Rector; Dr. Bui Bich Hanh, Vice Rector; Representatives of the faculties, departments and centers and the presence of more than 200 lecturers and students.
Conference participants
The conference creates an opportunity to study the global history of seaports and colonial Indochinese ports, building a research archive on maritime and port topics from an interdisciplinary approach. Especially, in the current context when sea trade is constantly increasing and export activities become the main development lever for the Southeast Asian economy in general and Vietnam’s economy in particular, the study of History can open up the opportunity to assess the current opportunities and challenges for marine trade activities such as port infrastructure, strategic location or regional economic development and position in the period of trade globalization.
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Luu Trang, made the the opening speech
At the conference, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Luu Trang, Rector of the University said that "Considered as special places of the "Naval Empire", the ports were an important fulcrum during the French colonization of Indochina. Indochinese ports are considered as "Marks" of the colonization process. The ports and port cities in the colonies are ideal places to observe and analyze the transformation and change of indigenous society in the face of exposure to new factors and the birth of society with many interference elements and related to world connection. Therefore, the Indochinese ports are absolutely a research topic that can be applied to any connection scale
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Luu Trang especially emphasized This international conference is meant to fill the to the gaps of the research area, worthy of our attention.”

Professional and thoughtful organization
The conference focused on 3 goals:
 First, to fill in the research gap on colonial ports;
 Second, to apply the globalization approach to Indochinese ports, in the same way that Bruno Marnot has applied to the major commercial ports of France;
 Third, to connect historians and researchers in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach.
The conference took place for 03 days from October 27 to October 29, 2022 with 3 committees. There were 10 Workshops with 70 reports.     
Some conference photos:
Ms. Cécile Vigneau, First Counselor of the French Embassy in Vietnam made the speech

Discussions at the committees

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